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Bank donates to WNCC

Joyce Hollister

Nevada Banking Co. recently pledged $2,500 to the new Douglas County campus of Western Nevada Community College.

Brent Holderman, Gardnerville branch manager, said the bank is committed to supporting education in the Valley.

“I think it’s great that there will be a campus in the Douglas County area to provide educational access for the whole county,” he said. “We at the bank plan to, hopefully, have our employees partake of it a little bit, and we thought it was important to support it as a great asset to the county as a whole.”

Nevada Banking Co. pledged $500 a year for five years.

Recently WNCC, whose Douglas Task Force has been raising money to build the Douglas campus for three years, was named Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce business of the month (WNCC is a member of the chamber) at a chamber lunch.

A certificate was given to the WNCC Director of Development Helaine Jesse at the Chamber’s lunch meeting at Sharkey’s April 16.

Members of the chamber voted for the college in part because it has offered college courses to Douglas County at Douglas High School for 25 years, and after its $2.3 million fund-raising effort, will open its new campus in August at Bently Science Park.

The members also cited the fact that WNCC officials have been responsive to business and industry in an attempt to increase economic development in the community.

The Douglas Task Force has still to raise about $75,000, says Jesse, following pledges of contributions from Douglas County.

Pledges may be large or small and can be given in a lump sum or spread over a period of five years, Jesse added. A loan was obtained to build the Douglas campus, and pledges will serve to repay the loan.

For more information, call the Douglas office, located in the Sierra View Professional Building in Gardnerville, at 782-2413.