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Welcome to Western Nebraska Community College Whether you’re just beginning your college education, transitioning into a new career, building the skills to advance in your job, or seeking personal enrichment, WNCC has the instruction and support you need to succeed. With 89 programs of study, we offer a wide variety of career choices. If you’re planning to attend a four-year institution, you can complete the first two years of your degree at WNCC and transfer those credits—saving you thousands of dollars. It’s a smart way to get started, because WNCC’s small classes mean you get personal attention and support from your instructors, which can enhance your confidence and skills. WNCC is the foundation on which your career will be built, and since 1926, more than 185,000 students have pursued their dreams here. In addition to excellent academic instruction from an award-winning faculty, WNCC is a flexible fit with your busy lifestyle. Evening, lunch hour, and weekend classes are offered at campuses in Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Sidney, as well as online. With Cougar Athletics providing nationally recognized sports programs, plus countless student organizations and campus activities, you’ll also make memories to last a lifetime. The most outstanding colleges have wonderful faculty and staff—and great students just like you. Please join us in continuing to make WNCC a special place to start your future. I look forward to meeting you on campus.

Dr. Todd Holcomb, President

AT WNCC, HIGHER EDUCATION DOESN’T HAVE TO COME AT A HIGH PRICE. Compared to other four-year colleges and universities in the area, WNCC is a smart investment— and a GREAT VALUE—costing thousands of dollars less. Check out the chart below to see the 2012-2013 cost of attendance for tuition and fees based on 15 credit hours per semester (30 total credit hours annually).

State Resident

SD, WY, and CO Residents


$2,895.00 $2,895.00

Non-Resident $3,315.00

* 2012-2013 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance/Tuition and Fees based on 15 credit hours per semester/30 total credit hours annually.

UN-Lincoln* $7,984.00


UN-Kearney* $6,506.00


Chadron State College*



University of Wyoming*

$4,278.00 (WY Residents Only)


Additional tuition and fees may apply for international students.

Source: 2012-2013 Cost of Attendance/Tuition & Fees as published on each college’s public website. The aforementioned costs do not include online or lab fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, parking, personal and other miscellaneous expenses.

WNCC Students Are Resourceful.




Total number of scholarships and performance grants available for single and multiple awards to WNCC students

First-Time Freshmen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Average amount received by students who apply and qualify for financial aid

Research WNCC and its academic programs Visit campus Apply for admission Apply for scholarships Complete the FAFSA (WNCC Code: 002560) Complete the housing contract (if applicable) Register for the NelNet automatic payment plan Send your ACT/SAT score or complete the eCompass test Send your official high school or GED transcript Attend new student orientation Attend an academic advising session, register for classes, and buy your books

Total amount of financial aid awarded to students in the 2010-2011 academic year

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Nontraditional Students

(Out of high school or college for more than five years)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Research WNCC and its academic programs Visit campus Apply for admission Apply for scholarships Complete the FAFSA (WNCC Code: 002560) Complete the housing contract (if applicable) Register for the NelNet automatic payment plan Send your official high school or GED transcript Complete the eCompass test Attend new student orientation Meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, and buy your books

International Students

Transfer Students 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Research WNCC and its academic programs Visit campus Apply for admission Apply for scholarships Complete the FAFSA (WNCC Code: 002560) Complete the housing contract (if applicable) Register for the NelNet automatic payment plan Send your official transcripts from each college/university you attended Send your official high school or GED transcript Meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, and buy your books

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Research WNCC and its academic programs Email the Registrar at Complete the International Student Admissions Application Send official high school or GED transcript, translated into English Provide proof of financial support for $11,200 U.S. dollars (bank statement, letter from bank, etc.) Send TOEFL score (500 written; 172 electronic) Complete the housing contract (if applicable) Register for the NelNet automatic payment plan Attend new student orientation and complete the eCompass test Meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, and buy your books Attend a special meeting for all new international students



Faculty to student ratio

Faculty and staff

Legend AA Associate of Arts AAS Associate of Applied Science AS Associate of Science AD-N Associate Degree Nursing AOS Associate of Occupational Studies D Diploma C Certificate PSA Professional Skill Award Locations: AL Alliance SC Scottsbluff SI Sidney ONL Online











Health Sciences Coding Technician ONL X Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basic SC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) SC X Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic SC X Health Information Technology ONL X Nursing (Practical) AL-SC-SI X

Degrees, diplomas or certificates available



Communication and Information Systems Business Technology Accounting Assistant Accounting Specialist Computer Application Support Specialist Computer Technical Support Specialist Executive Assistant Information Processing Management Assistant Marketing Assistant Marketing Specialist Medical Office Management Network Technician Retail Management Information Technology


Skilled and Technical Sciences Auto Body Technology-Body & Frame Auto Body Technology-Paint & Refinish Automotive Technology Aviation Airframe Maintenance Aviation Power Plant Maintenance Commercial Driver License (CDL) Powerline Construction & Maintenance Technology Welding Technology Wind Turbine Technician

Campuses, plus online


Adult Education Programs General Educational Development (GED)

Programs of study



Great place to attend college!

WHEN THE ACADEMICS END, THE REAL FUN BEGINS! Think your college experience happens just on campus? Think again! Western Nebraska’s rich local heritage and natural wonders offer a world of things to see and do. Come experience WNCC in person—it’s where all the action is! Area Points of Interest Lake Minatare State Recreation Area With more than 2,000 acres of water, it’s ideal for boating, water skiing, and swimming. Segway West Tours Sightseeing on a two- to three-hour tour is a great way to get to know Landmark Country. Carhenge Spend an afternoon at the fun and funky replica of Stonehenge made of cars with a car art reserve. Hiking & Biking It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors with several hiking and biking trails throughout Scotts Bluff County. Golf Tee up on your choice of more than a dozen panhandle public golf courses.

Fishing Catch brown and rainbow trout splashing around in area streams.

of shoreline perfect for camping and water-related activities.

Hunting Deer, dove, rabbit, turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl hunting are offered in five diverse wildlife management areas. Hunting guides can also show you the way.

Laing Lake and Park Walk, jog, picnic, play disc golf, or enjoy the free skate park.

Swimming Take the plunge and visit the area’s local swimming pools. Bowling Let’s roll! Get your game on with friends at five local bowling alleys. Skating Feel the need for speed? The Playhouse Skate and Fun Center is located in nearby Gering. Drive-in Movies Catch the latest flick from the comfort of your front seat at the Sandhills Drive-in. Box Butte Reservoir This 1,600-acre, seven-mile-long reservoir on the Niobrara River has more than 14 miles

Motocross It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. So suit up and shift into gear at the Alliance MX Track. Winter Sports Enjoy a winter wonderland of activities with ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and Nordic skiing. Downhill skiing is available in nearby Wyoming and Colorado just a couple of hours away. Fitness Center Get out of the dorm and work on your form! The Scottsbluff Campus offers a fully equipped weight room/fitness center.

Academic Advising Your academic success is the number one priority at WNCC. Counselors and advisors are assigned to each student to help plan their programs of study. They work with you to outline the courses you need to meet the requirements for graduation,

to change a program, or to transfer to another college. Faculty advisors have special training and experience in your specific academic field of interest. They can also provide you with information on time management, study skills, test taking, and stress management.


Certified and peer tutors are available to assist you at no cost Academic advisors at WNCC provide students with personalized program of study planning

Career Advising Center Besides helping you make wise career choices, the comprehensive career services at WNCC can supplement your classroom experience by providing hands-on internships. Part- and full-time job listings, career and lifestyle exploration assessments, job search skills, r´esum´e and cover letter writing assistance, and interviewing techniques are all services available to you.

Counseling Center Resolving the personal difficulties that can interfere with your college experience is the mission of the Counseling Center. It can help you gain the skills, abilities, and knowledge you need to achieve your educational and

Get Dialed In at WNCC. Academic Advising 308.635.6050 Bookstore (Scottsbluff Campus) 308.635.6066 Career Center 308.635.6050 CollegeNOW! 308.630.6542 Childcare Center 308.635.3231 Computer Lab 308.635.6149 Counseling Center 308.635.6050 Disability Services 308.635.6050 ESL (English as a Second Language) 308.635.6785

Financial Aid 308.635.6011 Housing/Residence Life 308.635.6112 Library 308.635.6040 Math Center 308.635.6052 Military & Veteran Services 308.635.6120 Single Parent Network (SPiN) 308.635.6190 Testing Centers Alliance 308.763.2000 Scottsbluff 308.635.6050

Sidney 308.254.5450 Transfer Information 308.635.6050 TRIO 308.635.6774 Tutoring Center 308.635.6072 Upward Bound 308.635.6774 Veterans Upward Bound 308.635.6152 Writing Center 308.635.6114 Your Educational Success (Y.E.S.) 308.635.6190

personal goals. Confidential individual, group, and substance abuse counseling are offered to assist students in need.

Disability Services WNCC offers services to give students with disabilities an equal opportunity for success. These students may enroll in regular courses and participate fully in the services and activities of the College. While there are no special classes or fees for students with disabilities, WNCC makes reasonable accommodations in the learning environment to assist disabled students in meeting the academic standards of the College.

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TRIO Programs Student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, while TRIO programs are educational opportunities that help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers. TRIO assists qualified college students, high school students, and veterans who’ve honorably served in the U.S. military with federally funded support services, including: Upward Bound helps high school students improve their academic achievement and prepare for higher education. Veterans Upward Bound helps qualified veterans improve their educational skills before and while they

attend college, as well as with financial aid and scholarship applications. Your Educational Success (Y.E.S.) assists qualified college students persist toward completion of a bachelor degree. Supplemental Instruction offers students weekly review sessions so they can improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Single Parent Network (SPiN) supports through monthly networking/educational/support group meetings, as well as nominal financial assistance and free educational materials.

Get support.

At WNCC, you can take advantage of a variety of convenient support services to help you accomplish your academic and career goals. Tutoring Want to develop your potential as an independent learner? It’s easy with quality, one-on-one or small group learning assistance that’s available to you at no cost. WNCC offers certified tutors who have a teaching certificate, or peer tutors who are students who successfully completed the courses they tutor and were recommended by faculty or the division chair. The majority of peer tutors also receive training in tutoring skills by attending a nationally certified course. Walk in or make an appointment


at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, or Math Center. Online tutoring by SMARTHINKING also is free of charge and available 24/7.

Military & Veteran Services

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program provides academic, career and financial assistance to qualified veterans at no cost, as well as organized social and cultural activities.

Ranked the #1 Best for Vets Two-Year College in 2011 by Military Times EDGE


Countries represented by international students:


> Argentina > Australia > Belgium > Bolivia > Brazil

> Canada > Chile > China (Hong Kong) > Colombia

> France > Gambia > Germany > India > Mexico


> Morocco > Nigeria > Serbia > Slovenia > South Korea

> Spain > Tajikistan > Turkey > Uzbekistan > Venezuela

Students living in residence halls

Residence hall rooms

EXPERIENCE COLLEGE LIFE IN FULL AT WNCC. Residence hall living, complete with dining services and meal plans, is available at the Scottsbluff Campus. Apartment assistance is offered at the Alliance and Sidney campuses. Residence life is an ideal way to get—and stay—connected. It’s also affordable, convenient, and a great way to form friendships.

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Get a life. Good Eating for All WNCC Students! Meal Plans (per semester) > 14 Meals/week > 19 Meals/week 14 Meals (Weekly Student Rate) Daily Meal Plan (3 Meals)

$1,690.00 $1,810.00 $99.00 $22.00

There’s always something fun going on at WNCC. > Cougar Classic Softball > A Gala Evening > Varsity Vocal Showcase > Fall Frolic > Fall Ball > Stories and Songs Around the Tree

> Jump, Jive, and Swing > Scrimmage Volleyball > Scrimmage Men and Women’s Soccer

> Celebrate WNCC

Homecoming Week

> End of the Year BBQ

Conestoga Hall Opened in 2007, the two-story hall accommodates 148 coed students and offers the latest in campus living with wellequipped suites in various layouts—super single suites, double suites, and four-plex suites.

In addition to spacious rooms, Conestoga residents enjoy:

It’s the active place on campus with a lounge complete with:

> Two computer labs > A quiet study/music area > Onsite student kitchen > Student lounge with fireplace > Two laundry facilities > Dining services in the neighboring Bishop Dining Hall

> Piano > Pool tables, air hockey, and table tennis > Two big-screen TVs (one with gaming access) > Computer lab > Laundry facilities > A student kitchen > Onsite dining services > Flexible meeting space

Pioneer Hall This three-story round residence hall offers affordable on-campus living to approximately 80 coed students. Single- or doubleoccupancy rooms are available with a community corridor sharing a central bathroom.

College View Apartments Located adjacent to the Sidney Campus, students can experience college life with apartment-style living. Fully furnished two- and three-bedroom air-conditioned units are available.

WNCC Student Body Stats (2011-2012) 1,109 Full-Time Students 1,171 Part-Time Students Males vs. Females 435 Full-Time Males 674 Full-Time Females 388 Part-Time Males 783 Part-Time Females Age Range of Students < 18: 293 18-24: 1141 25-30: 316 31-40: 286 41-50: 146 51-60: 69 > 60: 29

THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE START RIGHT HERE! WNCC offers all the advantages of a small college— a place where you can meet and make friends. But with all the experiences of a big university—lots of opportunities to create lifelong memories. With 28 student organizations and unlimited activities, plus Cougar Athletics, you’ll find it easy to get involved and show your school spirit. Students receive free admission to athletic events, many inside Cougar Palace, a 2,200-seat arena on the Scottsbluff Campus.


Average age of full-time students

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WNCC Student Clubs and Organizations > Art Club > Campus Ventures > College Democrats > College Republicans > Cosmetology Club > Cougar Spirit Dance Cub > Criminal Justice Club > Dramatic Arts > Electronic Gaming Club (EGC) > Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) > Health Professions Club

Get connected.

> Intercollegiate Athletics > Intramural Athletics > Motorsports Club > Music Activities > Phi Theta Kappa > Residence Hall Council > Student Ambassadors > Student Council (Alliance) > Student Government (Scottsbluff) > Student Publications: The Spectator and Emerging Voices > Student Senate (Sidney) > Student Veterans Organization > Theatre Club

> Top of the Pole Club > United Leaders for Cultural Diversity > Visual Arts > VocAir Flying Club

Cougar Athletic Teams > Baseball > Men’s Basketball > Women’s Basketball > Men’s Soccer > Women’s Soccer > Softball > Women’s Volleyball

> Performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall by the WNCC Collegiate Chorale (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012) > Nebraska Arts Council “Governor’s Award” for Excellence in Arts Education

> NJCAA National Titles Women’s Volleyball (2007, 2010) > Region IX Champions • Baseball (2007) • Men’s Basketball (1979, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003) • Men’s Soccer (2003) • Women’s Soccer (2003, 2008) • Women’s Basketball (1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)

Softball (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) •

• Women’s Volleyball (1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) > Intramural Sports are co-ed and open to faculty, staff, and any student attending WNCC: • Basketball • Dodgeball • Flag Football • Frisbee Golf • Soccer • Volleyball

Some Employers Hiring WNCC Graduates:

> > > > > > > >

Burlington Northern Cabela’s Cessna City of Fort Collins Duncan Aviation High West Energy InterTECH League of Human Dignity

> Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services > Oglala Sioux Tribe > Orcom Solutions > Physical Therapy West > Prema > Pureology Serious Colour Care > Regional West Medical Center

> Roswell Correctional Facility > Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office > St. Joseph’s Children’s Home > Star Herald > Summit Dental Group

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP toward a lifelong career or are seeking personal fulfillment, WNCC is committed to your success. With a world of educational choices, convenient locations, flexible schedules, and affordable tuition, you’ll get a good start on a great future.

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Get a future.

Education Pays. Earnings Over a Lifetime High School Graduate

Associate Degree Holder




Bachelor Degree Holder Carnevale, A.P., Rose, S.J., & Cheah, B. (2011). The College Payoff Executive Summary: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from the World Wide Web:


Average job placement rate of WNCC Graduates


Western Nebraska Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, or military veteran status, as is defined by law, in employment, admission to, or operation of its educational programs and activities, as prescribed by state and federal laws, regulations, and executive orders. Inquiries concerning the application of these laws and regulations to the College may be directed to the College’s Equal Opportunity Officer, Mr. David Groshans, Vice President of Human Resources, WNCC, 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361-1815, 308.635.6105,; or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO, 64114-3302.

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