WNC team connects with communities at Labor Day Parade, Cantaloupe Festival

Western Nevada College participates in Fallon’s annual Labor Day Parade.

Earlier this month, Western Nevada College continued its commitment to supporting local events and causes in Fallon with a performance at the annual Labor Day Parade and Cantaloupe Festival.

The parade and festival allowed WNC representatives to share information about the college’s academic programs, dual enrollment, funding, and how to become a student at Western.

“We threw away more than 750 packages with treats, flyers and links to our app, as well as popsicles and flying discs for the kids,” WNC Fallon campus director Jessica Rowe said about of WNC’s participation in the Labor Day Parade.

Despite a later summer heat wave, the Cantaloupe Festival drew record numbers of attendees, providing college officials with an opportunity to connect with residents of various northern Nevada communities. They were particularly interested in WNC’s workforce training programs and were intrigued by the number of funding options available to students.

“We enjoyed spending three days eating cantaloupe fritters and chatting with visitors to our programs! Rowe said. “We ran out of flyers for welding and ASL, and the nursing and CNA programs were more popular than ever!

“Many parents had questions about dual enrollment and JumpStart options for their high school and middle school children, especially in the CTE/PAT areas we’ve expanded into high schools.”

Dual enrollment was a popular topic for parents, especially for parents living outside of Fallon, including Lovelock, Fernley, Hawthorne, Schurz, Dayton, and even as far away as Washoe County.

Willy the Wildcat helps WNC welding students prepare for the Labor Day Parade.

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