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LTCC board meets for program update

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Lake Tahoe Community College will hear updates tonight regarding several school programs.

The college’s Board of Trustees is meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the college.

LTCC Counselor Tracy Thomas is scheduled to give a report on the Early Alert program, which identifies struggling students in academic classes halfway through the 11-week quarter.

The program was developed during the 2000-01 academic year after LTCC researched the program at several larger Northern California community colleges.

It was integrated last Fall quarter and is currently available for students in more than 70 classes, Thomas said.

A letter is sent to students who teachers believe are struggling in their course. If the students choose, they may meet with counselors to determine if a tutor is needed or if the student has a learning disability.

“It’s a way for the teachers and counselors to work together and that’s one of the biggest benefits,” Thomas said.

Anne Luerken will provide a report on the Partnership for Excellence program. The college receives money from the state of California in five areas: transfer rate, successful course completion, total degrees awarded, work force development and basic skills completion.

Last year the college received $900,000 to improve the five areas. Only the work force development goal was unmet last year, Luerken said.

Cynthea Preston, interim dean of business, math, physical education and science at LTCC, also is expected to give a report. It will focus on the health, physical education and dance program plans.

The report took a year to compile by five faculty members. Preston would like to expand classes such as yoga in the two dance studios, which will be included in the new physical education facility, slated to open in the Fall.

In addition to expanding existing class services, new classes like basketball, volleyball and ping-pong will be available, Preston said.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education meets tonight at 5 p.m. at the district office then reconvenes at the Fresh Ketch Restaurant to present the El Dorado County School Boards Association 2001 Corporate Award to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort.


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