Lake Tahoe Community College’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.
CTE programs are led by educators with extensive expertise in their field, many of whom also hold positions outside of the college in their industries. CTE programs are also supported by Advisory Committees, made up of local employers and industry professionals who are consulted on the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of programs within a career pathway. LTCC works closely with a wide range of local, state and federal stakeholders to develop and promote workforce development programs and to support the needs of business and industry.
CTE programs give students what’s needed to succeed in the ever-changing world of 21st century careers: technical, academic, and employability skills. Talk to us today!
ACCJC has established a comprehensive set of standards against which colleges are periodically evaluated to ensure and monitor the quality of education provided by the institution. These standards are divided into four categories: institutional mission and effectiveness; student learning programs and services; resources (human, physical, technology, and financial); and leadership and governance.
Every six years, the college is required to undertake a comprehensive self study as a means of assessing how well and to what degree we meet these accreditation standards. This self study typically takes a year to complete, involves the entire campus, and culminates in a written and published self study report. LTCC last went through this process in 2017. Following completion of the self study, ACCJC sends a team of evaluators (that is, educators from other colleges in the region) to the college for a multi-day visit to evaluate the quality of the college by validating the self study and assessing the degree to which the college meets the accreditation standards. LTCC last hosted a team of evaluators October 9-12, 2017. This step embodies the peer review concept of evaluation, assessment, and quality assurance. The visiting team develops a report based upon their visit and their assessment of the self study. This report along with the team’s confidential recommendation is subsequently submitted to ACCJC for consideration and action. LTCC last received this report from the ACCJC in January 2018, granting the college full accreditation status for seven years.
In addition to this six-year re-affirmation of the accreditation process, the college must submit to ACCJC a midterm evaluation report in the third year of the cycle, as well as annual reports. LTCC will next submit a midterm report by October 15, 2021. The next comprehensive review will be in the fall term of 2024.
The alpine town of South Lake Tahoe, located on Lake Tahoe’s southern end, first expressed an interest in hosting a community college back in 1964, a year before the City of South Lake Tahoe was first established.
On March 5, 1974, voters approved the formation of a community college district with 66% of the vote, and the first Board of Trustees was elected. Dr. James Duke was hired by the Board in September 1974 as the college’s first president.
LTCC opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 18, 1975, in a converted motel on Highway 50. In its first year, 119 classes were offered to 1,407 students. The first graduating class of Spring 1976 consisted of 11 students.
The acquisition of a site for a permanent campus was pursued vigorously in 1979. The purchase of a parcel on Al Tahoe Blvd. owned by the Shell Oil Company was negotiated and on Dec. 27, 1979, the title to the 164-acre plot in the center of South Lake Tahoe was recorded in the name of Lake Tahoe Community College.
The West Campus was opened in Fall 1982. It provided space for a library and three more classrooms in addition to what the Highway 50 campus provided. Eventually an expanded art lab and an intimate “Collegiate Theatre” were also included at the new site. This allowed for more space at the original converted motel campus.
On July 8, 1986, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the permanent campus site and construction began on the first phase of the college master plan.
The college moved into its present location in October 1988.
After many years without sports, Lake Tahoe Community College brought athletics back to campus in 2014. LTCC currently competes in men’s soccer and women’s soccer. Since launching, the soccer program has had enthusiastic support from both the college and the community, with strong fan attendance at home games.
LTCC has further invested in athletics by renovating the soccer field and gymnasium. Both projects were completed in 2017. A paved area known as the Legacy Plaza, featuring a bronze coyote statue, now connects the new field to the Physical Education building.
LTCC competes in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) League in the Golden Valley Conference (GVC). The GVC is made up of schools in Northern California, including Butte College, College of the Redwoods, College of the Siskiyous, Feather River College, Lassen College, and Shasta College.
Welcome to Lake Tahoe Community College, home of the Coyotes! LTCC is fully committed to supporting your educational and career development needs, providing clear pathways to help you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Each quarter, we serve approximately 2,300 students who, just like you, are looking for a high-quality education and a high level of personalized support from caring faculty and staff, all at a very affordable price.
LTCC prides itself on being a comprehensive community college that offers life-changing opportunities to all students. Our catalog reflects this passion by describing the broad array of program offerings you can explore here. LTCC provides a personalized approach to learning and support with its world-class faculty who are experts in their fields and the art of teaching. Students will enjoy the many benefits of our small class sizes and individualized instruction offered through both on-campus and online course selections.
Whether your goal is to attain a degree, prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, obtain a new job, advance in your chosen career path, or engage in personal development LTCC is the perfect fit. The variety of academic programs and career training opportunities will not only meet your needs but will inspire your true passions.
LTCC is “California’s Premier Destination Community College,” as we provide a quality education in a beautiful and unique environment. Not only is Lake Tahoe an amazing place to learn, but the close-knit community and surrounding natural setting make it an amazing place to live and play. The entire LTCC community of faculty, staff, counselors, and administrators are focused on assisting you on your educational path and ensuring you get the most out of your time with us. Come visit, explore our beautiful campus, and discover how to elevate your education here at LTCC! We appreciate your interest in our college and encourage you to browse our website, visit our campus, talk to a student ambassador, and meet with a counselor to learn how we can help you pursue your dreams and achieve your goals.