No matter the mathematical skill level, virtually all students pursuing a college degree have a math requirement. And it is not always easy to meet those requirements.

To meet these needs, the Gateway Math Center was established this year at Lake Tahoe Community College. From the arithmetic needed to balance a checkbook to differential equations, the center strives to help students learn what they need to know.

The program has taken four years to develop.

The center offers programs for both college students and students in kindergarten through 12th grade. About a dozen advanced college students volunteer time to tutor their peers. Instructors from the mathematics department also help by holding some of their office hours in the center located in a portable structure behind the main building. The room is equipped with 17 computers and software tailored for most of the mathematics classes.

“There is even a culinary arts math class,” said Larry Green, chairman of the math department and head of the Gateway Center. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

Members of the LTCC Math Club tutor grades kindergarten through 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Two or three tutors are usually available.

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