A new student club at Western Nevada College in Minden is already making a difference in the community.
The Student Diversity Club, which only became official in October, raised $900 during an art show and silent auction Nov. 16 to benefit Austin's House and WNC student scholarships.
"We exceeded our expectations with great support from the community," said Sergio Arteaga, the club's adviser and also the Douglas campus interim manager.
The 15-member club had hoped to raise $600 in the first of two fundraisers planned for the 2012-13 school year, so exceeding their goal was a pleasant surprise.
"All of the students in our club came together and worked together for a good cause," Arteaga said.
Community artists, including WNC instructors, donated their artwork for purchase. Student art was also on display during the event, which attracted 70 people.
The fundraiser beneficiary, Austin's House, provides emergency shelter and care for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
"The students saw it as something where a nonprofit organization gives back to the community, especially to children," Arteaga said. "There are other important organizations, too, and hopefully we'll get to all of them as the years go by."
Some funds will also be used for future WNC student scholarships, according to Arteaga. The club wants to provide two or three scholarships per year to cover students' fees for one class and one book.
The Diversity Club hasn't pinpointed its spring fundraiser yet, but Arteaga said, "The community should stay tuned for the next event. I hope to see everybody there to support WNC and the community and whatever future organization the students pick."
To join the club or learn more, contact Arteaga at 782-2413.
Western Nevada College is offering short, non-credit community education classes in driver education and computer skills over the holiday season.
Microsoft Word 2010, taught by Maxine Nietz, meets 5:30-9 p.m. on Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, at Bently Hall, Douglas campus. Cost is $76.
In addition, registration is open for a four-day new driver education course that meets 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Silver State Charter High School in south Carson City. Instructor is Chuck Ayers. Cost is $95.
For more information, contact WNC Continuing Education at 445-4458 or 445-4268, or online at http://www.wnc.edu/ce/.