A small public community college located in Reno, Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College offers its students academic and university transfer, occupational training, and career enhancement programs. Just a short walk or drive from the University of Nevada, Reno, around 12,000 students call Truckee Meadows Community College and the surrounding Reno community home. Settled in Northwester Nevada, Reno is known for its mild, dry climate and four lovely seasons. It is easy to get around town on the city bus, or students can reach exciting Lake Tahoe within an hour’s drive. San Francisco, California, is just a 4-hour car or bus ride away.
Shortly after the 1969 establishment of the community college system by the Nevada State Legislature, Truckee Meadows Community College was established (1971) under the name of Western Nevada Community College. Construction on the main campus, the Dandini Campus in Reno, was completed in 1976 and TMCC continued to grow and expand through the 80s. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s TMCC established the IGT Applied Technology Center, the Meadowood Center, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center, and the TMCC High Tech Center at Redfield.
Students at Truckee Meadows choose from over 50 career fields when electing classes, or a one-year certificate, certificate, or associate degree field of study. Some of the academic programs offered from the four academic divisions, the school of business & entrepreneurship, the school of liberal arts, the school of sciences, and workforce development & continuing education, include but are not limited to, architecture and design technology, aviation, dental hygiene, culinary arts, education teacher preparation, English as a second language, fire science technology, nursing, nutrition/dietetic technician, social sciences, veterinary technician, and visual and performing arts. Training and support services are offered through adult basic education, the child care center, the fire academy, industrial safety, the police academy, the tutoring and learning center, the veterans’ benefits office, and the veterans upward bound. Non-credit classes offered via the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division are designed to provide the community with personal enrichment and professional success opportunities. Some of the WDCED programs are writing, auto emissions, arts & crafts, food & beverage, grant writing, professional skills, photography, personal trainer, translators & interpreters, U.S. citizenship courses, and more.
Students choose Truckee Meadows for the convenience of over 40 sites across the county, and flexible scheduling, with weekday, weekend, day, evening, internet, lecture, laboratory, hands-on, television and one-day classes offered. The many online education programs offered at TMCC include ProTrain, ed2go, Pronto Spanish, Mortgage-Education.com, JER Online, Gatlin Education Services and Cheetah Learning. As part of student services, all new students are welcome to attend the TMCC new student orientation, complete with a campus tour, academic advisement, and class registration assistance. New students may elect to participate in the TMCC online orientation, should making it to campus prove inconvenient or impossible. Several libraries are available to students, the main Elizabeth Sturm Library at the Dandini Campus, the Edison/IGT Applied Technology Center, the Meadowood Center, and the Redfield/High Tech Center.
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To begin enrollment, prospective students should first complete a TMCC application. This can be done online, and online chat Staring Point staff is available to assist and answer any questions that might arise. All students must then complete the FAFSA online. New, degree-seeking students must next take the ACCUPLACER placement exam, register for a new student orientation, and see an academic advisor. In order to get started, academic advising services are available to all current and prospective students at Truckee Meadows Community College. Academic Advisement, although only required for all new students entering degree-seeking programs of study, is highly recommended for all transfer, continuing and international students.
After the above steps have been completed students may register for classes, and pay all tuition and fees.
Keep in mind special admissions materials and requirements may be necessary for transfer students, students under 18 years of age, and international students. International students are welcome at Truckee Meadows Community College; however special deadlines apply depending on whether or not the prospective student already has an F1 visa. English as a second language study and testing information is available through TMCC.
Both Nevada resident and out-of-state students are welcome to apply at TMCC, however, out-of-state students should expect to pay a higher rate of tuition per credit hour.
During the application process all students should complete the FAFSA. After confirming his or her admission status and enrollment in an associate degree or certificate program, the student should complete his or her Financial Aid Documents file. This may entail meeting with a financial aid officer. After reviewing each student’s file a financial aid award package will be put together which may include Federal grants, loans, or work-study opportunities.
For additional financial support students should contact the Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment Office at TMCC. Scholarships based on scholastic merit, college and community service, life circumstances, financial need and major field of study are available via the TMCC Foundation and Financial Aid. Students should apply well ahead of time (in the prior academic term or year) to ensure meeting all scholarship deadlines, and will only need to fill out one scholarship application.
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TMCC in recent years has had an enrolment of over 13,000 students, with nearly 7,000 full time students. The student body is governed by the Student Government Association of TMCC, which organizes and puts on student programs and activities, supports student clubs and organizations, and contributes ideas and information regarding college academics.
Students may choose to participate in other TMCC activities like the International Club, made up of not only student, but faculty, staff and community members. This social and support network sponsors a range of activities, and holds regular meetings. The Philippine United Students Organization works to created a nontraditional and progressive Filipino organization for TMCC students, and offers services like tutoring, academic counseling, student employment, financial aid application, a positive peer network and community service opportunities. The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of two-year colleges gives members a number of social and academic incentives to join, like honors recognition on official diplomas and transcripts, scholarships, recognition, letters of recommendation, career connections and opportunities to get published.
When not participating in the wide range of student activities, student’s can still take advantage of student services, which include the bookstore, E.L. Cord Foundation child care center, general access computer labs, and the disability resource center.
Truckee Meadows Community College is a commuter campus, and does not officially sponsor any student housing. However, there are many great rental options in the local Reno community for shared or private student apartments and houses. Students get around town easily on Reno’s public transit system.
Many annual events in the Reno/Sparks and Lake Tahoe areas provide students with a strong sense of community like Artown, Burning Man, Hot August Nights, the Reno Film Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, Virginia City International Camel Races, Street Vibrations, and more. Family fun is available nearby at the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, Sierra Safari Zoo, Ultimate Rush Thrill Park, and Wild Island Family Adventure Park. Students enjoy live, local entertainment from many the area’s many cultural institutions, as well as nearby resorts and casinos amongst other Reno nighlife.
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Although Truckee Meadows Community College does not field any intercollegiate sports teams, student activities is always looking to get student city teams together. Students participate in teams while competing in one of many local Reno and Sparks Park and Recreation activities. Interested students should go on the TMCC website, or contact student services directly.