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Campus gets $75,000

by Joyce Hollister

Western Nevada Community College, Douglas and the Douglas County School District are $75,000 closer to a high-tech center in the Valley, according to Bus Scharmann, WNCC dean.

Scharmann spoke to members of the WNCC Douglas County Academic Advisory Committee at its meeting June 2.

The Nevada Legislature approved the funds for a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a center in Carson Valley. The high-tech center would be used at night by WNCC Douglas for training college students and during the day by Douglas High School students.

It’s a happy cooperation between colleges and high schools that have been developed in other areas of the West, Scharmann said. Pendery Clark, Douglas schools superintendent, said she is encouraged by the action. She sees a high-tech center as one way to relieve overcrowding at DHS and a way to offer high quality technical training for the county’s students.

Scharmann reported, however, that because of population growth in the Las Vegas area, there will be a drain of funds for colleges southward this biennium.

The college enrollment was down 1 percent for the spring, but summer school class enrollment is doing well, especially in the area of computer courses.

He also talked about a Youth Offenders Grant recently obtained by WNCC. The program offers certificates of completion for incarcerated students who are 25 or younger and have less than five years left on their prison term.

The fall schedule for WNCC will be published June 20.

Deanna Abbott, who is in charge of the community service classes at WNCC Douglas, briefed members of the committee on the programs now being offered and those she hopes to offer.

College for Kids classes are in full swing this summer, with courses and workshops ranging from art to computers being offered to children in the area. Adult community service classes and workshops vary widely in content. These are non-credit general interest classes and are self-supporting; that is, fees pay for expenses, Abbott said.

For more information concerning the community service classes or College for Kids, call WNCC Douglas at 782-2413.