Donation to LTCC for university center presented |

Donation to LTCC for university center presented

Isaac Brambila
Lisa Maloff presents Lake Tahoe Community College with a check for $5.8 million for the building of the Lisa and Robert Maloff University Center that will offer upper-division college courses.
Isaac Brambila/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Long-time South Lake Tahoe resident Lisa Maloff presented a $5.8-million check to Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) during an open house Thursday that showcased some of the college’s plans to expand its curriculum to include four-year degrees and renovate the campus.

“I’m so thrilled to make this place a better community for everyone. And, thank you for letting me have the opportunity to do that. Thank you,” Maloff said in front of a crowd of more than 50 people during the open house at the college.

Around the room were informational visuals and plans for what the college intends to do with the money donated and the recently passed $55-million Mesure F bond.

Most significantly demonstrated was a sketch of the donation-benefitted Lisa and Robert Maloff University Center projected to be open by 2018. The university center is planned to house upper-division classes offered through an agreement with one or multiple universities.

According to university staff, LTCC is currently in talks with several four-year institutions, including University of California, Davis, to offer the bachelor’s education services.

“We’re working on getting them here next month to talk about programs that we can do at Lake Tahoe Community College, that we can articulate between our students and their college or university,” LTCC Superintendent and President Kindred Murillo said.

Kindred said the college is targeting at least three universities or colleges.

“That’s one of the things we want to do. We want to make sure that there’s enough variety and programs so that students have an opportunity to stay in Tahoe and go to school. That is our goal,” Murillo said.

The building is projected to offer 5,500 feet of space, three “smart” classrooms, offices and a meeting room.

The center will be located in the fine arts parking area next to Duke Theatre.

Maloff had been planning to do something for the university for some time, former trustee and long-time friend Roberta Mason said during Thursday’s ceremony.

“She said that she wanted to do something in memory of Robert Maloff for the college,” Mason said.

The women talked about different ways to help the college, and then the possibility of a four-year program on campus came along, Mason said.

The college also offered visuals and information regarding other projects, mostly funded by Measure F money.

One project included was the soccer field, which is projected to host college and community programs. The improvements feature new bleachers, athlete seating, additional guest space and walkways, and ADA-complaint walkways connected to the college parking lots.

Another major construction project is the Regional Public Safety Training Center, which will offer support for the college’s fire science, Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, search and rescue, emergency response and wilderness education programs. The center will also provide education needs for fire, police and other public safety professionals.

Furthermore, college staff plans to have the center serve as an incident command center during public emergencies.

The college also plans to transform the campus’ main building into a one-stop center where students can access many services in one place, such as registration, records, student services and counseling. The change aims to create an easier orientation and registration process for new students.

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