WNC News & Notes: Learn more about Western Nevada College’s Jump Start program
March 3, 2018
Is your high school student ready to start college while still in high school?
Determining whether Western Nevada College's dual-credit Jump Start College is right for your child depends on a variety of factors: academic readiness for college courses, individual maturity, time availability for studying and a willingness to work hard.
Now in its fourth year, the dual-credit Jump Start College serves nearly 500 high school students in seven school districts.
Besides providing high school students the opportunity to earn up to an associate degree before they receive their high school diploma, it also allows them to save thousands of dollars and enter a four-year university, in many cases, with a sophomore or junior standing.
Some of WNC's Jump Start grads have been accepted at University of Nevada, Reno; UNLV; Boise State; BYU; Cal Pol-San Luis Obispo; and Stanford, among others.
There are opportunities to learn more about the program during periodic informational meetings at local high schools or by contacting WNC.
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This spring, qualified students will be notified by their high school counselor and invited to take placement testing.
About Jump Start
Western Nevada College's 2017 graduating class included a record 79 high school students representing Carson, Churchill County, Dayton, Fernley, Pyramid Lake, Silver Stage and Virginia City high schools, as well as Oasis Academy and Nevada Virtual Academy. Two additional Jump Start students graduated during summer 2017.
While many of these high school juniors and seniors need an adjustment period in their foray into college courses, nearly all of them are stepping up to the challenges. During the 2016 fall semester, there was a 96.3 percent pass rate for students enrolled in Jump Start courses and a 94.3 pass rate in the 2017 spring semester.
The highest governing official in Nevada supports the program and wants it to be available to all high school students in Nevada.
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 19 into law last May, requiring all Nevada high schools to provide dual-credit opportunities to their students. Looking to educate more Nevadans — at an enhanced pace — to spur economic growth, Sandoval wholeheartedly showed his support for the dual-credit program.
"Here, Western Nevada College has it dialed in and it's frankly a model for the rest of the state," Sandoval said. "This is something that we need to franchise out across the state of Nevada to ensure that all students have those opportunities to get those great jobs.
"Western Nevada is ground zero for this New Nevada that we're all so proud of and that we're looking forward to. This is one of those days that I'm so proud, so proud that I'm a Nevadan."
Employers, Students, Job Seekers Invited to March 14 WNC Job Fair
Area employers will have an opportunity to recruit Western Nevada College students for job openings during the annual Job Fair on March 14.
Western Nevada College and Carson City Health and Human Services invites employers, students and job seekers to a Job Fair scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. Early entrance/admission is available to veterans and individuals with disabilities at 1:30 p.m.
The Job Fair is an ideal time to speak to and recruit college students, graduates and community members for job openings. There's no cost to participate.
In the past, manufacturing/production, government (local and state agencies), transportation, home health care/assisted living, gaming/hospitality, education, sales, publishing, insurance and food service have participated.
Students are preparing for the Job Fair through several workshops provided by Career Connect in early March. The final one is a Job Fair preparation workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9 in Cedar Building 109.
Employers interested in reserving a space can go to http://www.wnc.edu/job-fair/.
FAFSA Fridays Coming in March
Western Nevada College's Financial Aid Office will hold FAFSA Fridays during the month of March to help students complete their application to apply for federal financial aid.
Remaining FAFSA dates are March 9, 16, 23 and 30. FAFSA Fridays are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. in Cedar Building 331D.
Nevada Promise applicants must complete the FAFSA by April 1 in order to maintain their scholarship eligibility.