Western Nevada College (WNC) is one of four community colleges that are part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Western Nevada College is located in Carson City, the capital of Nevada, and has rural campuses in Fallon and Minden and instructional centers in Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Lovelock, and Fernley.
The college began in 1971 through a leased facility and was set up to serve the residents of Reno, Carson City, and western Nevada. Gradually more buildings were constructed and additional teaching centers were set up. Presently, the Western Nevada College serves approximately 5,300 students per semester and offers 40 academic degree and certificate programs.
The Western Nevada College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.