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WNCC gets $5,000 pledge from teachers’ association

Joyce Hollister

The Douglas County Professional Education Association recently paid the first of five installments of a $5,000 pledge to Western Nevada Community College, Douglas.

The teachers’ association will pay $1,000 a year, according to Douglas Task Force Chair Steve Lewis, who picked up the first DCPEA check last week.

“The teachers in the county think that the Douglas campus is going to be a great contribution to the goals of lifelong learning and to the development of our community,” said DCPEA President Marty Cronin. “We wanted to be a part of that.”

He said that the campus will be a great asset to students and teachers.

“We felt that we wanted to contribute to the fulfillment of their needs,” Cronin said, adding that the technology offered at WNCC Douglas will help keep teachers on the cutting edge.

Teachers will be able to attend WNCC to obtain continuing education credit in many instances.

The pledge will help purchase equipment for the college, which opens Aug. 21, 11 a.m., with a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting. A three-year fund-raising campaign earned enough money to construct the campus, but no money was earmarked for equipment.

Tickets are still being sold for two three-credit classes of your choice in a drawing to be held at the opening. Tickets are 50 cents each and the drawing will be held during the grand opening celebration.

The opening will feature music, flag-raising, speeches, food and music. KGVM-FM radio will cover the event live.

Leonard Mackey, the full-time computer science instructor for the new Douglas campus, donated tickets to the Reno Garth Brooks concert Sept. 5 which will be used as a door prize at the opening.

“These are good tickets,” he added. “They’re on the lower concourse in front.” Tickets to the concert sold out in a record 72 minutes when they first went on sale.

People over 18 years of age at the celebration next week may sign in as they arrive. The drawing will be held at the end of the day.

Bently Hall will be the site of Douglas WNCC classes beginning Aug. 25.

For more information about classes, call 782-2413, or to donate to the equipment fund or scholarship funds, call 887-3164.

All donors will have their names permanently placed on the Wall of Honor at the college.