WNC News and Notes: HVAC, biology labs enhance learning experiences, job opportunities for students

Construction of a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Lab is nearly completed in Sage Hall Room 101.

Degree-seeking students and individuals looking to earn workforce certifications will benefit from the renovations and additions being made to Western Nevada College’s Fallon campus.

Construction began on a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Lab in Sage Hall Room 101 in February and is nearly finished. In addition, a $1 million project to renovate and expand the current Biology Lab in Virgil Hall Rooms 307 and 309 is currently underway with plans for completion by January 2022. Both projects were generously funded by the William N. Pennington Foundation, which has been instrumental in helping WNC upgrade classroom experiences and learning experiences for science students.


“Having a renovated Biology/Chemistry lab brings a new energy to the science programs here at WNC,” said Fallon Campus Director Holly O’Toole. “Students will love working in the updated research space with advanced equipment and the anatomy students will gain an improved depth of understanding with the addition of the anatomage table. I am really excited to be able to offer labs in the new space!”


WNC will begin offering HVAC/R courses in the Fall. The skills certificate in HVAC prepares students for a heating and air conditioning industry career. The new program will provide the skills, knowledge, and experience for students preparing for in-demand jobs installing, troubleshooting, and repairing HVAC systems.


The Biology Lab will bring technological advances to students and dramatically improve teacher-to-student and student-to-student learning interactions in the classroom. Student tables in the new Biology Lab will surround the teaching station and large, LCD TVs mounted around the perimeter of the room will replace outdated screen projectors so various teacher demonstrations can easily be displayed and seen by students. These upgrades will enable students to engage in hands-on lab experiments and undergraduate research.


“The WNC Foundation is extremely grateful to the William N. Pennington Foundation for their investment in WNC. It’s exciting to be able to offer state-of-the-art learning to WNC students across all of our campuses,” said Niki Gladys, WNC executive director of advancement.


The lab also will become one of a handful of college labs around the country to contain the highly interactive, state-of-the-art anatomage table. This virtual dissection tool features an 8-foot display of pre-loaded cadavers, medical scans showing pathologies (MRI or X-rays), and more.


70 Fallon-Area students make Spring Dean’s List
Western Nevada College has announced its Dean’s List for spring semester.


The list of 413 students includes 70 from the Fallon area.


To earn the distinction of making WNC’s Dean’s List, students must complete at least 12 units during the semester and accumulate a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.


They are:
Fallon: Hunter Arends, Jelen Rose Bayoneta, Josh Bloomfield, Christine Brantley, Wendy Bullock, Sequoya Casey, Jasmin Castanon Hernandez, Matthew Catlin, Dario Ceresola, Karter Conway, Elvira Correa, Kara Derby, Ashley Devault, Tayler Felton, Grace Griswold, Lauren Halloran, Trevor Halloran, Heidi Hansen, Ericka Heath, Kaitlyn Hert, Samantha Hines, Jayden Jensen, Ryan Jones, Jase Kroll, Isabella Leal, Samuel Lee, Britney McArthur, Joseph Mikulak, Madelyn Mikulak, Eddie Morrow, Amanda Ngo, Sadie O’Flaherty, Madison Paladini, Shalby Palmer, Hailey Penfold, Callista Perez, Timothy Petersen, Melanie Plasse, Benjamin Polish, Luke Rechel, Lainee Reid, Emma Robinson, Nelly Ruiz, Novaleah Sampley, Skye Schafer, Megan Shyne, Kailyn Sorensen, Madeline Stephens, Maiya Swan, Will Swisher, Jackson Turner, Linda Wadsworth and Shailynn Winter
Fernley: Abigail Abrahamzon, Cailynne Bixby, Samantha Funk, Carson Humes, Brandi Kjose, Paula Maghirang, Mark Mitzen, Persephone Mulei, Khang Nguyen, Christina Rasche, Sherry Stafford, Blakeley Shoemaker, Nayeli Stopani, Jacqueline Torres, Kayla Ward and Kari Weitzel
Silver Springs: Lorraine Fratto


Military personnel can earn credit toward degree
Clifton Bullock’s extended service to his country put some of his educational goals on hold.


Because of a military credit policy at Western Nevada College, Bullock was rewarded with college credit for his military service, expediting his goal of realizing an associate degree.


“My son also applied his Air Force transcript to his associate degree,” said WNC Fallon Campus and Rural Outreach Director Holly O’Toole. “As both of my sons are veterans, I am immensely glad to offer this program at WNC. I am so proud of Cliff. He has worked hard for his degree!”


Through his U.S. Navy transcript WNC granted Bullock credits toward an Associate of General Studies degree.


“I’m relieved that my previous military and college experiences were not a waste,” said Bullock, who served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman — a medical assistant to doctors.


Not long after the policy was introduced several years ago, Bullock became the first WNC graduate under the college’s new program to assist military personnel earn degrees. Individuals may receive up to 45 credits from their Joint Services transcript toward an AGS degree.


“Although credits can apply toward other WNC degrees, in most cases, more can be applied toward the AGS degree because of its flexibility, so we are encouraging the AGS degree,” said WNC Director of Admissions & Records and Registrar Dianne Hilliard.


To take advantage of this opportunity, military personnel must submit their official Joint Services Transcript to the Admissions Office at WNC for transcript evaluation.
For information, phone 775-445-3277 or email [email protected]

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