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LTCC students give their own state of the school

William Ferchland
"When I need a teacher's attention I can get it right away." - Jennifer Ellsworth
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A day before Guy Lease was scheduled to deliver his State of the College address, several Lake Tahoe Community College students voiced their take on the good, the bad and the struggles of the school.

Briana Biller, 18, believed the college should do more outreach to high school students at the junior and sophomore levels. The strategy would help boost enrollment, which has been spiraling downward in recent years, and enlighten high school students regarding what the college offers, she said.

“I wish I got more involved when I was younger,” said Biller, a senior at South Tahoe High School’s Independent Studies program.

But while being a high school student, Biller knows the college well: She’s taking 19.75 units there. Students are considered full time if they take 12 units or more.

Because of the enrollment declines, Biller said she had to do some advertising for her class to survive.

“We had to go recruiting and we did a good job,” she said.

Brandi Orr wants picnic tables outside. And lockers.

Jennifer Ellsworth, 24, seated at the table with Orr in the student center, complained about the price of textbooks, a gripe shared by many, if not all, college students nationwide.

“It’s just ridiculous,” she said.

“But what can they do about that?” Orr noted. “College books have been expensive since my mom went to school.”

Melanie Arnold, 21, wants more campus parking.

“Sometimes you can’t find a spot and you have to park on a bank,” she said.

Anthony Abell, 21, sharing a smoking break with Arnold, thought the college should do more advertising for its scholarships. The two agreed on-campus would be good, if the rents were low.

“That would make life so much easier in this town,” Arnold said.

Blaine Price voiced his dismay with library computers being dysfunctional. A wireless-equipped campus, which would allow students to use their laptops, is needed, Price, 21, said.

Price, from Michigan, moved to South Lake Tahoe to snowboard when he learned about the college. His plan is to attend school in San Jose to begin a career as a chiropractor.

Price had other quips: how the college should invest in exposure and how the gym should be free for students without taking a physical education class.

But Price said the college is treating his needs well.

“I think everything is pretty good,” he said.


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