LTCC starts with new look |

LTCC starts with new look

Mary Thompson

With eight new faculty members, a brand-new culinary arts program and two new portable classrooms, Lake Tahoe Community College students should notice changes on campus this year.

The two new classrooms, located near the cardiovascular circuit building, hosts the learning support complex.

“It’s a reflection of the college’s commitment to improve student retention and success,” said Kurt Green, director of the learning support center. “It expands our service tremendously.”

Class for the fall quarter began Monday.

Green said the two portables, which add about 2,000 square feet to the college’s complex, will house the already established Learning Assistant Center and the newly created Language Learning Center. The two centers will offer writing assistance, tutoring, individual testing stations and a new computer assisted learning lab for basic English skills.

Next year, the college plans to add a Gateway Math Center to the complex as well as landscaping to the surrounding area.

The Learning Support Center may seem like the largest change on campus this year but LTCC President Guy Lease says it’s not.

“The biggest change at the college is the eight new faculty members,” he said. “And we’re still looking for two more, a history and political science instructor and a business office administration instructor, for next fall.”

The new faculty members were hired partly to accommodate an expansion of the college’s services but mostly to replace the college’s five retiring staff members – Mark Meka, physical education instructor; Mort Meiers, business instructor; Marie Rengstorff, psychology and anthropology instructor; Bert Spivy, computer studies instructor and Margaret “Peg” Kortes, instructor of business office administration.

Along with replacing the five retiring instructors, the college has added full-time math, earth science and English instructors as well as a learning disabilities specialist.

Students looking to develop skills that will take them straight into the working world will have a new choice this year – a culinary arts program.

Instructor Steve Fernald is teaching the cooking curriculum to a variety of levels that range from a one-year certificate to a two-year Associate in Arts program for students planning to transfer to a four-year university.

The certificates incorporate a lot of hands-on culinary arts experience as well as business curriculum to ready students for management positions in food and beverage departments.

New Faces at LTCC

Bruce Armburst, math instructor

Susan Hoehn, learning disabilities specialist

Betsy Julian, earth science instructor

Carol Kile, business office administration

Esta Lewin, counselor

Eta Kuo Lin, psychology instructor

Walter Morris, physical education instructor

Michelle Risdon, English instructor

Mike Spina, education technology specialist

Eric Sturgess, business instructor

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