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Plan to go to WNCC? Here’s counseling help

by Joyce Hollister

So you want to go to the University of Nevada, Reno, but spend two years at home first and go to Western Nevada Community College. What classes should you take?

Just ask the counselors at WNCC, and they can tell you. They can also help you pick the right courses for transferring to dozens of other colleges and universities around the country.

Sue Muller, WNCC counselor based in Carson City, spoke to the WNCC Douglas Academic Advisory Committee at the group’s quarterly meeting Feb. 18. She explained the role of WNCC counselors and handed out materials relating to their services.

Though she and counselors Dennis Hull, Diane Hilliard and Connie Capurro are usually found at the main WNCC campus in Carson City, they come to the campus in Minden regularly to speak with students at WNCC Douglas.

Hull is the director of WNCC Counseling Services. Also on the staff are Fallon counselors Sherry Black and Paul Nelson, who is the Fallon campus’ counseling coordinator. The two Fallon staff members often travel to the rural sites for WNCC.

Muller said the counselors have three roles: they do academic counseling, career counseling and personal counseling.

n Academic counseling. She said the counseling center has every college catalog on CD and through this and other information can advise students which WNCC course to take to transfer to most colleges.

The counselors have a number of handouts that describe the kinds of courses needed to transfer to specific programs at the University of Nevada, Reno or UNLV and the courses to take to earn an associate in arts degree at WNCC.

The counselors do all academic testing for the college, such as giving the English 101 test required for placement if the student has not taken the SAT or ACT college tests. There is testing for specific WNCC programs as well.

n Career counseling. Counselors advise students on which WNCC courses or other two- or four-year programs they may need for a certain career.

Older students, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who want to change jobs or update their skills, can benefit from career counseling.

“A large number of people go back to school,” Muller said. “They may have been laid off or want to get a specific skill, such as nursing.”

Career testing is also offered. Muller said people in the community may be given career testing for a minimal charge – they don’t have to be WNCC students.

n Personal counseling. Personal problems can range from a student having difficulties in the classroom to being troubled with issues at home. Personal counseling is confidential, and students can be referred to other professionals as needed.

The counselors also advise student government and are also WNCC’s major recruiters.

The WNCC counselors are in close touch with the counselors at Douglas High, Muller said, so that each may understand the programs and needs of the other.

The WNCC counselors take part in DHS Junior Roundtables, which is a career program held for juniors each year. Representatives of different careers and colleges, as well as the military, set up tables at the school to talk personally with students.

Last fall, Muller said, WNCC counselors talked with seniors at DHS about post-secondary options. Many DHS seniors also avail themselves of WNCC’s Fast Track program, in which they can take courses through WNCC and earn dual high school-college credit.

WNCC Counseling Services and career and transfer center at the Carson City campus is located in the Aspen building, room 102. It is open Mondays, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For Douglas County counseling, call the WNCC Douglas office at 782-2413 to make an appointment. Financial aid advice can also be made in Douglas.

The WNCC Douglas Academic Advisory Committee heard Muller’s presentation at the Douglas campus, now in its second semester, after opening in the fall of 1997.

Members advise the WNCC administration on programs that would benefit the Douglas County community.

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