March 8, 2012

Start Now to Be Successful

Initiative Helps Increase Graduates & Student Success

2011 Graduate Mary Ashmore of Fallon
2011 Graduate Mary Ashmore of Fallon

Western Nevada College has launched a new initiative, Project Graduate, which will encourage and assist students in pursuit of a college degree, certificate, or university transfer. The program formalizes the enrollment process, and helps students progress more efficiently and effectively toward a degree or certificate.

John Kinkella, WNC Dean of Student Services, said “Project Graduate is designed to help our degree-seeking students get what they came for - a college certificate or degree. We will provide the essentials that will allow students to start college on the right track, right from the start.”

Project Graduate set standards and expectations for any new degree-seeking student who plans to attend Western in summer or fall 2012. To be accepted to WNC, new students will be required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Students that do not meet the admissions criteria may take placement tests to determine if they meet the minimum requirements for enrollment in English and Math, take the GED exam, or submit official college transcripts with record of completion of college level English, math or other general education courses.

Non-degree seeking students will be able to enroll in up to six units per semester. This will allow those who are focused on earning a degree or certificate the opportunity to enroll in the courses they need to graduate.

Upon admission, degree-seeking students will be required to attend an orientation, take placement tests and meet with a counselor before registering for classes. With summer registration starting Monday, April 9, and fall registration beginning Monday, April 23, new students are encouraged to begin the application for admission process early.

“The admission process and pre-registration actions of ‘Project Graduate’ require time and planning,” said Kinkella, and new students will not be able to register for classes without completing these items.

Graduating high school students will be helped with the new admission process through WNC’s Bridge to Success outreach program, which walks area high school students through the transition to college. WNC advisors and student ambassadors will spend the spring in the local high schools, preparing graduating seniors to attend Western. High school students should contact their school counselor for information about when Bridge to Success advisors will visit their school.

For information, call 445-3000. To apply for admission to WNC, visit


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