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Legacy enables WNCC Douglas to open second computer lab

by Joyce Hollister

Thanks to a legacy from a Carson Valley resident, Western Nevada Community College, Douglas will have a sorely needed new computer lab in time for the fall semester.

“We couldn’t have done it without it,” Douglas Dean Bus Scharmann said of the donation from the estate of Robert Bush. “That was critical. We put $20,000 into the lab.”

A classroom at the college, which opened in 1997, was turned into a computer lab this week with addition of new equipment.

“The Bush dollars provided us with the money to put the networking into the classroom and bought us nine of the 15 computers,” Scharmann said. “We now have a second computer lab.”

The growing need in education today is in the area of computers, he added.

Last year in July, the then-college development director, now Dean Helaine Jesse, was notified that Bush had left $176,000 to Western Nevada Community College.

“He had taken some classes at the college,” Jesse said, “and had been very interested in our building project in Douglas. He always said he wanted to be part of bringing a campus to Douglas County. When he passed away, he really came through for us.”

It was the largest single individual’s donation to be given to the college in Douglas.

According to Bush’s will, one half of the legacy was to be used for the building and one half to fund an ongoing scholarship – $3,000, or $1,500 per semester – for a student taking nursing, math or chemistry.

Jesse said using part of the money for a computer lab in Douglas was perfect.

“Computer classes are popular in Douglas County. It’s a huge need,” she said.

Other purchases for the Douglas campus included a telescope for the astronomy program, a piano and equipment for the science lab. Some of the funds were used to pay off the construction loan.