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WNCC has growing pains, but that’s OK with the dean

by Christina Nelson

The Douglas campus of Western Nevada Community College begins a new school year Aug. 31 with new classes, new opportunities and new goals.

New classes added include halfcredit software application classes and Internet classes. Some of the computer classes will be taught through the Internet by Leonard McKay.

A new anthropology course, “People and Cultures of the World,” will be taught by Dr. David Stewart, a retired professor from the University of California, Berkeley.

WNCC’s schedule has grown to meet the demands of a growing student population.

Bus Scharmann, dean of off-campus services, said there has been a 25 percent increase in registration over last fall, and officials hope to have more.

“In regards to head count, we’re shooting for 600 students, 190 full-time,” he said.

The Douglas campus will also work with Sierra Nevada College to offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“They’re offering four classes here, using our facilities for students who would like to work towards a bachelor of science degree in business administration,” Scharmann said.

Scharmann said students can complete up to three years of college at WNCC before transferring to SNC for their final year. He also said that SNC will accept up to 90 transfer credits from WNCC, as opposed to most colleges or universities which will only accept about 60.

Overall, Scharmann said he’s excited about the upcoming year.

“We feel good about the work we’re doing with industries and job exploration,” he said. “We’re working with industries to do training on site.”

Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN) will have an office at the Douglas campus this year, which will give students the opportunity to get information on jobs in the area and across the country.

As for the future of the Douglas campus, WNCC will request $5 million from the 1999 Nevada legislature for a technical center, Scharmann said. The new center would house computer labs and extra classrooms.

“If we keep looking at a growth of 25 percent, by the year 2001 we’ll need more classrooms,” he said.

Scharmann said if funded in the 1999 legislature, the goal would be to open the center in 2001.

But the center is listed number 32 on the board of regents capital improvement list. Scharmann said projects that are listed past numbers nine or 10 usually aren’t funded; however, if there is strong community support for the technical center, it will be considered sooner.

For information about registration for the fall semester, call the Douglas campus at 782-2413.

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