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Winter session starts Dec. 18 at WNC

Madison Eifert and Ilyass Zerhouni demonstrate a self-defense tactic during a free class for students and staff at WNC.

Madison Eifert and Ilyass Zerhouni demonstrate a self-defense tactic during a free class for students and staff at WNC.

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Western Nevada College's winter session is an opportunity for students to get ahead or catch up in their academic degree pursuits between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester.

WNC offers accelerated online courses (a few are offered in person) in three and five-week increments for full credit.

Register for five-week classes that begin Monday, Dec. 18, and end Friday, Jan. 19 and three-week courses that start Tuesday, Jan. 2, and conclude Friday, Jan. 19.

Courses are offered in art, biology, business, core humanities, electrical theory, English, environmental science, history, information systems, management science, mathematics, psychology and social work.

To view winter session classes and their descriptions, go to

For information, 775-445-3267.

Professor Profile section now on website

Have you ever wondered what academic path a professor at WNC took? What about their previous teaching experience? How about one of their “secret” interests or hobbies?

This information is now being shared on WNC’s new Professor Profile page on the website at, highlighting the dedication of faculty members. View a video about professors and read more about them in an accompanying Q&A interview.

Thus far, three professors have been profiled: Dave Riske, computer information technology; John Duerk, political science and history; and Robert Ciminski, nursing and allied health.

Jack C. Davis Observatory silver coin

In honor of 20 celestial years, Western Nevada College’s Jack C. Davis Observatory is presenting a limited edition .999 fine silver coin, showcasing a stunning portrayal of JCDO under the star-strewn night sky.

Consider this silver coin when choosing gifts this holiday season. All proceeds from sales of the coin support the sustainability of the JCDO. Whether your recipient is a dedicated coin enthusiast, stargazing aficionado or proud community member, this distinctive gift will be treasured forever.

To purchase the $100 coins, visit or call 775-445 3240.

Unique classes offered for spring

Unearth the mysteries of the past (Archaeology 202); step back into the age of jazz, flappers, and speakeasies in The Roaring 20s (History 290); and discover the fascinating world of birds and earn science credit in Intro to Ornithology (Biology 135) in 2024. These are just several of the unique courses being offered during the Spring 2024 semester.

View a list of all courses at

Course registration is underway for new, continuing and returning students.

Learn more about becoming a WNC student at

The spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 22.

For information, call 775-445-3277.

Women learn self-defense techniques

Students and staff participated in a free women's self-defense class presented by WNC and University Police Services last month.

Madison Eifert, community relations specialist for UPS, led the course and was assisted by UPS Police Officer Ilyass Zerhouni.

During the two one-hour training sessions, attendees learned awareness, verbal confrontation, safety strategies and physical techniques that enable someone to escape, resist and survive violent attacks successfully.

A free course is open to the general public through Community Education at WNC beginning Jan. 30. For information, call 775-445 -4210.

Advising wins Turkey Bowl II

WNC’s Advising team repeated as Turkey Bowl champions Nov. 16 at John L. Harvey Field.

In the 7-on-7 flag football tournament presented by WNC’s First Year Experience program, Advising suppressed the Veterans Resource Center, 48-19, in the championship. The VRC squad scored first, but Advising wore down the challengers with an opportunistic defense and big offensive plays.

Adrian Barrera and Tyler Golden returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Ilyass “Z” Zerhouni threw the longest touchdown pass to Alex Clough.

To learn more about WNC’s First Year Experience program is doing for students, visit or phone 775-445-3267.

Turkey Bowl II featured a variety of big plays as Advising repeated as champions with a 48-19 victory over the Veterans’ squad at John L. Harvey Field. 


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