HVAC, Biology Labs Enhance Learning Experiences, Job Opportunities for Students
Degree-seeking students and individuals seeking personnel certifications will benefit from the renovations and additions to Western Nevada College’s Fallon campus.
Construction of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning lab in Sage Hall Room 101 began in February and is nearing completion. In addition, a $1 million project is currently underway to renovate and expand the current Biology Lab at Virgil Hall Rooms 307 and 309, with completion scheduled for January 2022. Both projects were generously funded by the William N. Pennington Foundation, which is instrumental in helping WNC upgrade classroom and learning experiences for science students. In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Perkins Educational Grant, it has helped fund the HVAC lab.
“Having a renovated biology/chemistry lab gives new energy to the science programs here at WNC,” said Holly O’Toole, director of Fallon Campus. “Students will love working in the updated examination room with state-of-the-art equipment and the anatomy students will gain a better understanding with the addition of the anatomical table. I am very excited to be able to offer labs in the new space!”
WNC will begin offering HVAC/R courses in the fall of 2021. The Certificate of Proficiency in HVAC prepares students for a career in the heating and air conditioning industry. The new program provides the skills, knowledge, and experience for students preparing for high-demand jobs installing, troubleshooting, and repairing HVAC systems.
The Biology Lab will bring technological advancements to students and dramatically improve teacher-to-student and student-to-student interactions in the classroom. Student desks in the new biology lab will surround the classroom, and large LCD TVs mounted around the perimeter of the room will replace aging screen projectors so that various teacher demonstrations can be easily displayed and seen by students. These upgrades allow students to participate in hands-on lab experiments and undergraduate research.
“The WNC Foundation is deeply grateful to the William N. Pennington Foundation for their investment in WNC. It is exciting to be able to provide WNC students with state-of-the-art education on all our campuses, said Niki Gladys, WNC Executive Director of Advancement.
The lab will also become one of a handful of university labs across the country to contain the highly interactive, state-of-the-art anatomical table. This virtual dissection tool provides an 8-foot display of preloaded cadavers, medical scans showing pathologies (MRI or X-rays), and more.