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Donations come in for WNCC Douglas campus

Joyce Hollister

Individuals have heeded the appeal from the Western Nevada Community College Douglas County Task Force to donate to the building fund for the new campus now going up in Minden.

Recently George and Mary Clifton of Minden and Bernard and Cynthia Carter and Ted and Darlene Tiffany, all of Genoa, donated to the fund – each couple gave a $1,000 contribution.

“I think it’s very important to support these institutions,” said Mary Clifton. “We pass by it on our way to go to the store. It’s quite exciting to see it getting into shape. We like to be a part of it.”

She said education and knowledge are a person’s most important assets.

“We believe in education and we hope this little donation will help continue the excellence of education in Carson Valley.”

The Cliftons live near the campus, which is located on land at Bently Science Park donated by Don Bently.

The new campus, which will open Aug. 21, has been named Bently Hall.

Bernard Carter grew up in White Pine County but moved away and was gone from the state for 15 years. He and his wife moved to Genoa 1-1/2 years ago.

“I taught at community college in Colorado for a year,” Carter said. “I was able to see how valuable it is for students who attend there, and we thought it was important to support the effort in Douglas.”

They had also lived in Elko and one of their sons was able to take college level classes at the community college in Elko. “He graduated almost a semester up on his college classes. It made a big difference.”

Through WNCC, Douglas High and Whittell High School students can earn college credit in the “Fast Track” program.

Ted Tiffany was in the education field for 38 years and his wife for 36.

“Education is the most important thing there is to youth today,” he said, “and you have to give money toward it.”

Tiffany was a trustee for Glendale Community College in Southern California for 14 years and ran for Nevada state school board in the last election. The couple have lived in Genoa a little over two years.

The college has a construction loan to pay for building the new facility and fund-raising continues in order to pay the loan off within five years. Anyone who wishes to donate may call the Douglas center office, 782-2413 or Task Force Chair Steve Lewis, 782-9960.