Enrollment up at Minden college campus
Enrollment increased 3 percent at the Douglas County campus of Western Nevada College to 371 students, according to figures released Wednesday.
The college’s full-time equivalent enrollment in Fallon rose by 4 percent to 415 students. That compares to a 2 percent increase at the Carson City campus.
Full-time equivalent enrollment measures the number of credits a student takes and is a key factor in determining state funding levels.
Collegewide, full-time enrollment jumped 28 percent in career and technical education classes over the prior year. These programs provide hands-on instruction and practice to prepare students for jobs and national certifications in a wide variety of applied technologies.
Programs include American Sign Language/Deaf Studies, applied industrial technologies, automotive technology, business, construction management, construction technology, criminal justice/POST Academy, education, graphic communications, information technology, machine tool technology, and welding.
“We have been all hands on deck” at the Fallon Campus, said Sherry Black, Academic Director of Career and Technical Education. “We broadened the spectrum of on-site offerings,” including a wider variety of business courses that includes Management, Marketing and Business Speech Communication. “We are determined to offer the maximum support to our community and workforce that we can,” Black said.
Course offerings were also expanded at the Douglas Campus, said Dean of Student Services John Kinkella. “We continued our partnership with Douglas High School to offer students dual credit high school/college classes. We also offered an open house to the community, and our Douglas Campus employees continue to provide outstanding customer service to the students and the public.”
WNC President Carol Lucey said the college expanded its Summer Bridge to Success program to the Fallon campus this year, and it seems to be playing a role in the growing number of full-time students enrolled this fall.
Lucey said that the rural campuses play a vital role for Northern Nevada residents who are often place-bound from the state’s two universities. In addition, she said, “Many rural residents in the Silver State are the first in their family to attend college. These students need lots of support to prepare for college, enroll, and succeed in college.”
Lucey said that although distance learning is an adequate mode of delivery for “mature learners and returning adults,“ younger and less prepared students need a live teacher and personal contact with support staff and peers.