July 31, 2013

NV Energy Event Honors Grant Awardees

NV Energy recently hosted a reception to recognize its grant recipients. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Chet Burton attended the event for Western Nevada College.

In fall 2012, a $23,000 grant from NV Energy enabled WNC to launch a new student assistance program, and also allowed it to purchase a mobile industrial electrical wiring learning system for Applied Industrial Technology students, usable throughout WNC’s seven-county service area.

NV Energy donated $18,000 so WNC could purchase the equipment which offers electronics students hands-on training. They can learn installation and troubleshooting of electrical control systems using realistic equipment and scenarios, including panel layout, splicing and termination, and wire sizing.

Another $5,000 has helped fund the college’s Project Graduate program, which seeks to increase degree and certificate completion. New students must utilize advising services before they enroll for classes and are identified, through placement tests, if they need academic assistance to be ready for college courses.

“The two programs NV Energy funded at WNC are fundamental to our education philosophy,” said NV Energy Vice President of External Strategy Mary Simmons. “Our funding for Project Graduate helps to ensure a better college experience for students and a higher ratio of graduation success. The funding for the new electrical wiring system fits within our economic development strategy. A trained and ready workforce is essential to recruiting new business and jobs to Nevada.”

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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