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Karen Borges: Challenger wants to spread the word on what college has to offer

Sara Thompson

After taking classes at LTCC since 1989 including physical education, culinary courses and Spanish, Karen Borges is ready to step out of the classroom and into a seat on the Board of Trustees.

Borges and her husband, David, moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1985 and established their chiropractic clinic the same year. She has two daughters: Lisa, 25, and Brooke, 17.

Borges said she would bring a new perspective to the board. Her younger daughter is a senior in high school, so she knows what students are looking for in a college.

Borges wants to raise the value of the college in the eyes of the community by letting them know it’s more than just a gym membership, she said. Ten out of the 41 full-time faculty members have doctorates, she said, demonstrating their strong caliber.

Borges said she wants to see more community involvement with the college. For example, the new library and the art gallery offer resources to the public, such as an art venue and a place of academic reading.

As for hiring the new LTCC president, she said she’s looking for someone from an area similar to Lake Tahoe who understands the role of a president at a small college. She said that person’s goals and mission should match those of the college, too.

She said the college is growing, and she wants to be there for those changes.

“I want to be a part of taking the college further,” she said.

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