Western Nevada College News & Notes: Nevada Promise Scholarship application available

High school students graduating from a Nevada high school in spring 2019, who plan to attend Western Nevada College in fall 2019, must apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship no later than Oct. 31, 2018, to be eligible.

Those students can now begin the application process at www.wnc.edu/promise/.

Nevada Promise is a scholarship program for Nevada high school graduates younger than 20 years old. Through the scholarship, the state intends to pay the cost of attending classes at Western Nevada College (or any other state community college) that’s not otherwise funded by the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Millennium Scholarship or the Silver State Opportunity Grant.

The scholarship stands to save Nevada families more than $3,000 per year. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s can use the scholarship to complete their first two years at WNC before transferring to a university. They may also earn an associate degree and industry credentials in a variety of career and technical programs. If necessary, students may use the scholarship for remedial coursework, and students have the ability to renew their scholarship twice after the first year.

“The Nevada Promise Scholarship clears the most common barriers to higher education for Nevada’s recent high school graduates. It provides easy, flexible access to degrees that transfer to a university, as well as career and technical programs, for up to three years. Students pursuing a degree are funded to take 12 or more credits whether they attend in person at a WNC campus or online. It is clear evidence of the New Nevada’s commitment to providing access to higher education and high-level training for the future leaders in our state,” said Scott Morrison, WNC’s vice president of Academic Affairs.

In addition to covered class fees, Nevada Promise students will be assigned a WNC mentor who will support them with the transition to college. Nevada Promise staff will be working closely with applicants to assist them with the scholarship requirements, as well as the admissions and financial aid processes. Completion of 20 hours of community service no later than April 30, 2019, is one of the scholarship’s requirements.

WNC is committed Nevada Promise and will assist students with the various requirements for the program.

The Nevada Promise Scholarship is part of approved Senate Bill 391. The scholarship is funded by the state of Nevada.

Student Services Open Late on Wednesdays in August

Student Services offices at Western Nevada College in Carson City and Fallon are extending hours in August to accommodate students with their needs leading up to the start of fall semester.

Admissions and Records, the Business Office, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, the Dini Student Center and Latino Outreach on the Carson City campus will be open Wednesdays until 6:30 p.m. Regular business hours for these departments are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To assist individuals at the WNC Fallon campus, a counselor will be available until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in August.

For information about becoming a student at WNC, go to www.wnc.edu/starthere/.

New Japanese Class Being Offered during Fall Semester

Western Nevada College is offering a new opportunity to study a foreign language for the upcoming fall semester.

Japanese 111, a four-credit language course, will be available to students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on the Carson City campus.

The language will be introduced through structural analysis and the writing system. The class, which has 30 seats available, will include some conversation and an introduction to the Japanese culture.

“The Japanese course credits are fully transferable — so that’s good news for students looking to transfer to UNR,” said instructor Catherine Wrucke.

Internet access is required.

For information about becoming a student at WNC, go to www.wnc.edu/starthere/.


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