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Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada's largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California.
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GBC is a comprehensive community college that provides educational opportunities to over 3,800 students across 86,500 square miles, in ten of Nevada's largest counties bordering five states. The main campus in Elko is home to an educational community that attracts students interested in a residential college experience. Centers are located in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Satellite facilities are located in over a dozen communities across the college's service area.
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Community members and Great Basin College administration and faculty gathered Thursday to present the 2017 Outstanding Student Awards and the 2017 Regents’ Scholar Award.
The Regents Scholar Award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student, where applicable, from each institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education, to recognize his or her academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions.
GBC’s 2017 Regents’ Scholar is Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education student, Shiara Holmes of Owyhee, Nev.
In 2016, Holmes received an associate degree in early childhood education from GBC. This spring, she will receive another associate degree in infant toddler education. Recently, she has been accepted to the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program with a 3.91 GPA. Holmes is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation where she has lived all of her life and donates much of her time giving back.
In the summer months, Holmes works for the Tribe’s Summer Recreation and Summer Foods Program sponsored by Barrick Gold. Outside of work, Holmes encourages elementary and secondary students to pursue higher education.
Education Professor Lynette MacFarlan explained that Holmes started a community library as part of an assignment for her coursework at GBC.
“In the spring of 2015, I asked students to complete a “literacy rich” project. Most students added literacy elements to existing areas within pre-school or elementary classrooms. Shiara took a different approach,” said MacFarlan. “Shiara approached the Shoshone-Paiute Human Development Center who offered a vacant room for her project. Together with a student peer, they transformed an ordinary room into an extraordinary community library. She received over 1500 new books appropriate for children ages birth through age 8. The community library is a vivid example of how Shiara exudes integrity and passion in all she undertakes.”
The Outstanding Student Award is given to one graduating senior in each degree or certificate program at GBC.
Recipients are nominated by GBC faculty members who recognize the student for exhibiting academic excellence within their majors.
This year’s 2017 Outstanding Student Award recipients are:
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Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!
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