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School officials want a look at Carson City tech center

by Joyce Hollister

Members of the Western Nevada Community College Douglas County Advisory Board should visit the Carson City WNCC-Carson City School District high technology center because Douglas County could have one in place by 2003.

School superintendent Pendery Clark suggested to advisory board members at their Feb. 2 meeting that they might want to look at the center and learn what could be offered to WNCC Douglas and high school students in a similar facility.

Clark said the Douglas school board recently toured the Carson City high tech center and was impressed.

“The school board was very interested in this concept,” she said of the idea that the college and high school could share facilities, especially for technology and math-oriented subjects.

“After they saw the center, they were very excited,” she said.

Assistant Dean Mike Hardie reported to the group that a high tech center could be built in Douglas within the next three years.

The 1999 Legislature approved a feasibility study for the center and could decide in 2001 to fund the project, he said. The WNCC college-wide 5-year draft master plan calls for a high tech center in Douglas.

On the wish list is a 30,000- square-foot building that would include a major open lab, six computer classroom labs, 11 general use classrooms including an engineering technology classroom, an interactive video classroom and six faculty offices.

The size could change, however, if funds would have to be shared for a high tech center in Fernley, Hardie reported.

The center, though planned to be a cooperative venture with Douglas High school, would be built on land now belonging to the college.

On the 10-year draft master plan for WNCC Douglas is a third building of 30,000 square feet, which would house classrooms, labs, physical education facilities, library expansion, art rooms and seminar room. It would also feature an outdoor agriculture area and more parking.

WNCC eyes the acquisition of more land adjacent to the existing campus, Hardie added.

The Douglas campus, in response to community input, according to the draft plan, will continue to emphasize technology, business and general education.

Hardie said there is a strong possibility that WNCC Douglas will offer bachelor’s degrees. He cited engineering technology as one of the likely four-year programs to be offered.

Hardie said he is looking for people who would like to volunteer to be notetakers for students with disabilities.

Interested people may call him at 782-2413.