January 11, 2005

WNCC Computer Students Get Free Microsoft Software

Western Nevada Community College computer information technology students will get more than a superior education beginning this spring: they will receive free Microsoft software and other resources that they can keep after they leave the college.

WNCC's Computer Information Technology program obtained a complimentary subscription to the Microsoft Distribution Network Academic Alliance, which provides qualifying college departments with "a complete, inexpensive solution to keep academic labs, faculty, and students on the leading edge of technology."

Computer Information Technology instructor Michael Long says, "The benefit to our CIT students is huge. For example, beginning C++ programming students will have the full-fledged version of the software that professional software engineers use to develop real-world computer applications. That's just one class and one software package."

Available Microsoft software packages include Visual Studio, Visio, Project, XP Professional, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Visual FoxPro, OneNote, SQL Server, and Access 2003. The software is available to students for any academic or non-commercial use. There are no time limits or other conditions to the use of the software, and the students can keep the software after leaving college. Microsoft Online resources and newsletters are also included.

The software will also be installed in WNCC computer labs and is available to CIT faculty. WNCC spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 24. Register on the college web site at www.wnc.edu.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu

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