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Welcome to Great Basin College!

Great Basin College enriches people’s lives by providing student-oriented, post-secondary education to rural Nevada!

As you prepare for your future, we welcome you to meet with our faculty and staff to discuss your own educational goals and how GBC can assist you in reaching your goals!

The main campus in Elko, Nevada is a comprehensive residential college. Branch campuses are located in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. There are satellite facilities in over a dozen communities across northern Nevada.

Your Degree, Your Way!

Great Basin College is a pioneer in distance education as well as online education delivery, now offering 30 certificate and degree programs that are available completely online.

Courses are taught in traditional classroom settings, through distance delivery using high-tech interactive video technology and web-based learning platforms.

There are over 3800 students attending GBC, the vast majority of which would recommend GBC to a friend or relative. Since its founding in 1967, the college has awarded more than 5500 degrees and certificates. This past year, 432 certificates and degrees were awarded as well as scores of Recognitions of Achievement.


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All students enrolled for six credits or more are encouraged to apply for any unclaimed scholarships. To be considered for the need based scholarships, student must complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. Application deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017. Scholarship application available online at link below. Please see attached PDF file for more details. [See Website ] [PDF file* ]

Elko County Saves Lives! ZERO Suicides 2017

The public is encouraged to attend!
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29-30: ASIST Training: Suicide First Aid
Thursday, August 31: SafeTALK Training
Saturday, September 9: 12th Annual Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope
Wednesday, September 13: Save Lives! ZERO Suicides Reception and Presentation
Please see attached information for locations and times
For more information, Contact Lynette Vega 775.397.1911 or Stormy Remington 775.385.6569
[PDF file* ]

AAS Nursing Program Applicant TEAS Testing

Admission/Entrance Exam (TEAS�) is required for all applicants to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. The TEAS� test will be administered at GBC.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
see attached file for more information
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2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Spring Semester – 2017

Consult Class Schedule – Testing / Advisement / Orientation / Registration

  • May 12: Instruction Ends
  • May 15-19: Final Exam Week
  • May 20: Graduation
  • May 23: Grades Due
  • May 26: CTE Instruction Ends
  • May 29: Memorial Day Holiday

Summer Semester – 2017

Consult Class Schedule – Testing / Advisement / Orientation / Registration

  • Summer Instruction Begins: June 12-August 5
  • Independence Day Holiday: July 4

Fall Semester – 2017

Consult Class Schedule – Testing / Advisement / Orientation / Registration

  • August 14-18: CTE Housing Check-Ins Begin
  • August 14: CTE Faculty Return
  • August 17: Faculty Return
  • August 21: CTE Instruction Begins
  • August 21-25: Regular Housing Check-Ins Begin
  • August 21-25: Faculty In-Service
  • August 25: CTE Orientation
  • August 28: Instruction Begins
  • August 28: ABE/ESL Instruction Begins
  • August 28-October 21: Fall Mini-Session #1
  • September 4: Labor Day Holiday
  • October 13: Disclosure of Student Record Opt Out Deadline
  • October 13: Fall Graduation Application Deadline
  • October 23-December 16: Fall Mini-Session #2
  • October 27: Nevada Day Holiday
  • November 2*: Official Course Drop Deadline
  • November 2: Audit/Credit Change Deadline
  • November 10: Veterans’ Day Holiday
  • November 22: CTE Instruction Ends
  • November 23-24: Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 8: Instruction Ends
  • December 8: ABE/ESL Instruction Ends
  • December 11-15: Final Exam Week
  • December 15: Fall Graduation
  • December 19: Grades Due

Spring Semester – 2018

Consult Class Schedule – Testing / Advisement / Orientation / Registration

  • December 18, 2017-January 20, 2018: Winter Session
  • January 1: New Years Day Holiday
  • January 2-5: CTE Housing Check-Ins Begin
  • January 2: CTE Instruction Begins
  • January 2: CTE Faculty Return
  • January 10: Faculty Return
  • January 15: Martin Luther King Holiday
  • January 16-19: Regular Housing Check-Ins Begin
  • January 16-19: Faculty In-Service
  • January 22-March 17: Spring Mini Session #1
  • January 22: Instruction Begins
  • January 22: ABE/ESL Instruction Begins
  • February 19: Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • March 9: Disclosure of Student Record Opt Out Deadline
  • March 15: Graduation Application Deadline
  • March 26-31: Spring Recess
  • March 19-May 19: Spring Mini Session #2
  • April 5*: Official Course Drop Deadline
  • April 5: Audit/Credit Change Deadline
  • May 11: Instruction Ends
  • May 11: ABE/ESL Instruction Ends
  • May 14-18: Final Exam Week
  • May 19: Graduation
  • May 22: Grades Due
  • May 25: CTE Instruction Ends
  • May 28: Memorial Day Holiday

Summer Semester – 2018

Consult Class Schedule – Testing / Advisement / Orientation / Registration

  • June 11-August 4: Summer Instruction
  • July 4: Independence Day Holiday

*This is the designated date at the time of publication of this catalog, but it is subject to change per Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents’ Policy. Please see the most current dates at

Exclusive: Inside the rarely-acknowledged missions of two Navy SEALs killed in action #politics, #exclusive: #inside #the #rarely-acknowledged #missions #of #two #navy #seals #killed #in #action, #cnnpolitics


Exclusive: Inside the rarely-acknowledged missions of two Navy SEALs killed in action

Navy Seal Kyle Milliken, 38, was shot and killed in Somalia in May. He was on a raid serving as an adviser to Somali forces as he and his team approached a compound alongside local troops.

Their deaths underscore the fact that from Somalia to Yemen, as well as in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the war against ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates has largely fallen on special operations forces to fight.

With the political reluctance in recent years to send large numbers of conventional forces to the front lines, small teams of special operations forces have become increasingly the force of choice for commanders in battling terrorist networks.

And these highly trained troops are increasingly paying with their lives. Five have been killed in action so far this year, and a total of 22 have died since June 2014 when the war against ISIS began.

CNN has obtained the battlefield citations for both Owens and Milliken — both of whom served for years on high-risk classified combat missions — revealing new details of their extraordinary service.

Owens’ secret battle in Somalia

For his actions in one battle, Owens was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest medal for valor. His citation contains astonishing details of the never-disclosed battle against 400 al Qaeda militants deep inside war-torn Somalia in 2015.

This secret battle raged for three days in July 2015, with Owens leading a 12-man team alongside African forces, targeting 400 enemy militants. He was ambushed and attacked with “small arms, machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and improvised explosive devices,” according to his citation.

Owens “repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire” the citation says, eventually securing a town that had been in enemy hands for 10 years. On earlier tours, he helped rescue buddies who were pinned down and wounded, and guided in Medevac choppers while under fire.

Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL sniper, knew both men. Of Owens, he said: “From everything I knew about him, he was a great guy — highly committed, highly talented.”

Milliken’s final mission

On Milliken’s final mission last month, he was an adviser to Somali forces, and was in the line of fire under considerable risk, according to the battlefield citation. He was shot and killed as his unit approached a compound west of Mogadishu. Taylor, like many who have served on front lines, rejects the controversial Pentagon view that when troops are military advisers they must stay out of the direct line of fire.

“‘There are no boots on the ground, they are just advisers,’ well we know that’s BS. Of course they are all boots on the ground,” Taylor said. “I think you need to get back to using conventional forces.”

Taylor added: “You certainly can’t fault the operator for wanting to get into the fight. They are there, they are there on the ground with the force they are helping.”

‘Concealed’ position

Since Obama began sending special operations forces into war zones with local forces on counterterrorism missions, the basic military policy has been that US troops should try to stay behind a ‘covered” or “concealed’ position in order to not draw fire to themselves. It’s a policy that most troops say simply doesn’t work on the battlefield but that the Pentagon under President Trump still appears to be bound to.

But Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently made clear that no changes to that policy are expected.

“The fundamental rule that applies to all of our forces that are conducting partnered ops that — that they would be at the last cover and conceal position, and not actually the ones closing with the enemy, because fundamentally we conduct partnered operations,” he said at a news conference on May 22. “It is the partners who are actually closing with and destroying the enemy.”

However, at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday, Dunford did concede that special operations forces are stretched, stating that he had been asked by Secretary of Defense, James Mattis to examine all special operations missions to determine where conventional forces can be substituted.

The future of special operations

Taylor recalled his own first mission in Iraq, which was alongside Milliken.

“Everyone loved Kyle, everyone loved him,” he said.

Milliken also served for years in combat as part of a heavily relied-upon special operations force. In 2007 alone, he conducted 48 combat missions in Iraq. During one mission, he helped evacuate three wounded SEALs under fire. In 2009, his team was spotted as they approached a compound they were raiding. Milliken went in, killing enemy forces from less than 20 feet away.

The citations released to CNN remain heavily blacked out, shielding classified details. But there is one clue on how secret their work was. In 2015, Milliken was awarded the Navy achievement medal for developing “ground-breaking procedures” for “future national mission taskings.”

In the world of special operations, “national missions” are the most classified, requiring presidential approval and often remaining secret for decades.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.