Community college offers bachelor program through Indiana University |

Community college offers bachelor program through Indiana University

William Ferchland

Lake Tahoe Community College is offering the chance to become a Hoosier, without leaving the basin.

Called the “3 Plus 1 Program,” the community college is teaming with Indiana University, which will allow students to take three years’ worth of courses through LTCC and earn a bachelor’s through online work in the fourth year.

“They don’t have to leave Lake Tahoe to get their four-year degree,” said Susan Middleton, dean of LTCC’s student services.

The bachelor’s degree is in general studies. It is achieved by completing 135 quarter units through LTCC and the final 30 upper-division semester units through online course work from Indiana University. The cost for the last year with Indiana University is about $5,000, which includes books.

“Even though it’s an out-of-state institution, the price is the same if you live in California or Indiana,” Middleton said. “It’s a great deal.”

A general studies degree is similar to a liberal arts degree.

“We’ve already gotten quite a few phone calls,” said Pete Dixon, a counselor in charge of transfer services at LTCC. “There are so many jobs where someone need a bachelor’s degree. For someone who lives in the Tahoe Basin, it’s tough to acquire. I think it will be especially helpful for people who have families here.”

The community college offers other opportunities to students to earn bachelor degrees through Chico State University, CSU-Dominguez Hills or National University online programs.

Needing two years of coursework through LTCC and two years of online work, students can earn an undergraduate degree in liberal studies, social science, computer science, business administration, criminal justice administration, psychology or accountancy.

The degree program offered with Indiana University is available part time and full time.

Those interested in getting more information on the program are asked to speak with a counselor at Student Services in room A100.

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Registration for classes at Lake Tahoe Community College’s fall semester begins tomorrow.

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