TMCC Welcomes SNC to Dandini Campus
A new partnership between Sierra Nevada College (SNC) and Truckee Meadows Community College provides notable new 4-year degree options for students at TMCC.
Three “two plus two” bachelor’s degrees programs will be offered beginning Fall 2017. The first two years are a TMCC associate degree, followed by upper division third- and fourth-year courses taught by SNC professors at TMCC’s campus at a reduced rate. Upper division courses will also include evening, online and flexible course scheduling. Students completing their first two-year requirements at TMCC can finish their SNC bachelor’s degree in two years with a full-time class schedule.
“I think it’s a great idea—students will be more familiarized with this campus than going to another one, especially if they can get their bachelor’s degree here.”
Paige Richard, TMCC environmental science major
“The goal for TMCC is to provide options for students using a university center format in a limited number of programs with both public and private institutions,” said TMCC President Karin Hilgersom, PhD. “TMCC’s academic divisions are working with Sierra Nevada College to offer bachelor degrees in Entrepreneurship, Psychology, and Global Business Management at a satellite location on our campus operated by SNC.”
Both colleges are committed to providing a high-quality education, and making that education accessible and affordable for the region’s residents. The institutions agree that community college students typically have work and family responsibilities that make it harder for them to relocate for transfer to four-year schools out of the area.
“Our goal through this innovative partnership with TMCC is to create a high-value, affordable, seamless pathway for students at TMCC who wish to earn four-year degrees without leaving the TMCC campus,” said Alan Walker, PhD, SNC Tahoe President. “After the first two years of instruction through TMCC, students will be able to complete courses on the TMCC campus leading to a bachelor’s degree through Sierra Nevada College, at a reduced rate.”
TMCC will provide the classrooms and administrative offices for the new program, and the students will continue to use TMCC internet, TMCC Cafe, the Elizabeth Sturm Library, and student support services. SNC will provide lower tuition rates, at $382 per credit hour for upper division courses (not including fees) for the 2017-2018 academic year, to be reviewed annually. Federal financial aid and the Millennium Scholarships are available for qualified students.
“This partnership represents good public policy because it leverages existing resources, lowers the cost of education, and optimizes student success,” Dr. Walker said. “SNC is excited to be working with the forward-thinking leadership at TMCC and to be more integral to Nevada’s economy, workforce development needs, and its future overall.”