WNC News and Notes: Western Nevada College hosts CTE month grand finale on March 6

Western Nevada College will showcase its new Commercial Driver’s License simulator at the CTE Open House on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Carson City campus.

Western Nevada College will showcase its new Commercial Driver’s License simulator at the CTE Open House on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Carson City campus. Courtesy

Update: Due to the weather, this event has been rescheduled for March 6.

Because of adverse weather conditions, Western Nevada College has rescheduled the final celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month until Monday, March 6.

Western invites the community to attend an interactive and informative CTE Open House on the Carson City campus.

   “This is a great opportunity to learn about the many programs that WNC offers to help Nevadans prepare for and engage in fulfilling careers,” said WNC Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Dana Ryan. “Attendees will meet instructors and employers, engage in activities that showcase the skills needed in different industries, and learn about current and future workforce opportunities.”

   From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., WNC’s skilled workforce programs will be open for the community to tour and experience. Instructors and employers will lead guests through hands-on activities and demonstrations that showcase some of the college’s cutting-edge technology. This includes a virtual dissection table in Nursing, a truck-driving simulator for teaching commercial driving skills, robotic arms used for advanced manufacturing and virtual reality field trips in many career areas. There will also be interactive demonstrations in 3-D printing, engine repair, computer information technology and much more.

   At 6 p.m. in the Dini Library, WNC will announce a new training partnership with Redwood Materials. Redwood Materials is located in Carson City and aims to create a no-waste recycling system for lithium-ion batteries, as well as produce battery materials for electromobility and electrical storage systems. WNC, with support from a Governor’s Office of Economic Development Workforce Innovation grant, has worked with Redwood Materials to develop a targeted training program for safe and effective battery recycling practices utilizing the Mobile Manufacturing Lab. The first training class, called Battery Basics, has just concluded.

“We are excited to partner with Redwood Materials to support this emerging industry. With the help of GOED, we look forward to leading the training effort in this field, supporting environmentally conscious practices and preparing individuals for future employment,” Dr. Ryan said.

For WNC students, the Workforce, Career and Technical Education division will host a career fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Reynolds Center where students can meet with employers to network and learn about full and part-time work, summer opportunities, internships and apprenticeships. Additionally, the Financial Aid Department will host a workshop for students and parents about the many ways to successfully navigate paying for college, starting at 5 p.m.

Driver’s Ed Classes Offered April 3-7

Engagement, interaction and reinforcement are the foundation of Western Nevada College’s driver’s education course offered through its Continuing Education program.

Sign up your child for classes offered April 3-7 for $95. The classes run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily with a half-hour lunch break.

“Our program is meant to be engaging for students, so they do more than hear the information — they actually learn it!” said WNC Continuing Education Coordinator Lauren Slemenda. “Students will interact with each other and the instructor by playing games designed to reinforce lessons, and parents will receive daily summaries of what their student learned that day so that they can help emphasize the information at home and during behind-the-wheel practice.”

Suzanne Pipho, an educator who taught her oldest son to drive, will lead the classes.

Instruction will include guest speakers from the Carson City Sheriff's Department, DMV and Nevada Department of Transportation who will provide valuable insight into driving safely. The class will conclude with the awarding of completion certificates and a "bonus" session providing parents with tips for behind-the-wheel practice. This course meets NAC 389.568 requirements for 30 hours of classroom driver education training for students under the age of 18.

To register, go to wnc.edu/continuing-education/driver-education.php. For more information, phone 775-445-4210.

Students, faculty and staff joined the University Police Department, WNC security officers and Carson City Sheriff’s Office for Pizza with the Police on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Dini Student Center.

Students Enjoy Pizza, Games with Police, Security Officers

Western Nevada College students, faculty and staff took their minds off the snow falling outside the Dini Student Center by attending the Pizza with the Police event on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Presented by the University Police Department and the Associated Students of Western Nevada, attendees enjoyed conversation; games such as air hockey, cornhole and pool; and pizza!

Representatives from Carson City Sheriff's Office, University Police Department and WNC security officers participated.


Lain Crawford works on an Anatomage (virtual human dissection) table in a Human Anatomy and Physiology class at WNC.


 Help WNC Nurses by Buying Kirkwood Ski Trip, 50/50 Raffle Tickets

The National Student Nurses’ Association (Western Nevada College Chapter) is providing two chances at fabulous raffle prizes in fundraisers for its annual convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The NSNA WNC Chapter is raffling 50/50 raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or six for $20) and a multiple night stay at Kirkwood Ski Resort at $20 per raffle ticket. Winners will be drawn on March 1.

The ski getaway package is a four-night stay at Kirkwood from March 15-19.

The overnight condo accommodations are located across the street from Chairs 5 and 6. A $100 dining credit for Vail Resorts and four Kirkwood lift tickets will also be included in the package.

If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, please email lisa.dunkelberg@wnc.edu.


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