College to report on accreditation process
Report cards will be issued tonight regarding Lake Tahoe Community College’s criminal justice program and Intensive Summer Spanish Institute.
The planning reports, part of the accreditation process, come before the LTCC board every six years. It investigates programs in areas including enrollment, cost and the success rate of curriculum.
The criminal justice program plans to split into three specialized degrees while distancing itself from offering a generic degree, said Virginia Boyar, director of vocational education at LTCC.
The three associate degrees in criminal justice will focus on: working in a court system, preparing for work as a peace officer and employment in a prison or probation system.
“We’re definitely becoming more practical and workforce-training based,” Boyar said.
Boyar said national and statewide statistics show a greater need for law enforcement positions. Likewise, Boyar said, interest in law enforcement positions and emergency medical technicians happened after the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Anything helping the public is going through the roof,” Boyar said.
Larry Buckley, dean of instruction, will provide a planning report on the growing Intensive Summer Spanish Institute. The program, which began about eight years ago with 50 students, has grown to an enrollment near 650 students, Buckley said.
Buckley hopes to keep the program small, enjoyable and academically rigorous and doesn’t plan a drastic change. With the passage of Proposition 47, a school construction bond, Buckley hopes the college could provide storage space for materials.
“We feel very comfortable with the program we have now,” Buckley said. “We could do things like break (the program) in half, put half at the high school and half at LTCC. But in our opinion that would undermine the integrity of the program. We try to create a community unto itself.”
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