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WNCC doubles computer classes at Douglas campus

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A new computer lab and another full-time instructor will allow Western Nevada Community College to double the number of computer classes offered in Douglas County this fall. Funded primarily through donations, eight new computers have been combined with eight updated machines to create the expanded facility.

“WNCC is offering a full selection of courses this semester, ranging from introductory to advanced,” computer instructor Leonard MacKey said. “Seventeen courses are scheduled this semester. If you add to that the classes taught on the Internet, you have up to 38 classes available to students in the Valley.”

Registration by Touch-Tone Telephone or Internet continues through the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 30.

Students may choose from one credit introductory classes such as CIS-104: Computer Survival or three credit courses such as CIS-101: Computer Literacy or CIS-145: Windows 95. Those pursuing a degree or certificate can take CIS-201: Introduction to Computer Information Systems and CIS-202: Computer Literacy Software, Office 97.

The college also offers courses on word processing and navigating the Internet. Web site construction is thoroughly addressed in CIS-175B: Web Page Design using MS Front Page.

The Computer Survival classes are among the most popular, MacKey said. Taught in the mornings, these classes meet for 12 weeks and offer a progression of skills. Designed for those who have no computer experience, instruction takes the students from the basics to surfing the Internet.

“We have a ball in there,” MacKey said. “Last semester, one of the students in the Internet class pulled over 400 recipes for chocolate chip cookies off of the Web. We had great snacks for the rest of the semester.”

WNCC Douglas also offers a full array of classes in subjects such as art, education, business, history, emergency medical services and math, among other subjects.

For more information, visit WNCC Douglas at 1680 Bently Parkway S., Minden, or call 782-2413.