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F is for fruition

Nolan Brough
Maiden Voyage

Witnessing others care about and support something so big made me incredibly proud to live in the society where we live.

We had the opportunity to vote in the Nov. 4 elections last week, and among the ballot items was a yes or no vote for Measure F, a general obligation bond, or GOB that would essentially grant Lake Tahoe Community College $55 million from local investment to improve facilities, preserve natural beauty around the campus, widen access to university level classes, and more.

I am excited that Measure F indeed might pass.

Lake Tahoe Community College is a huge part of my life. I went there right after high school, and I think the experience has just been fantastic.

All of my professors have surpassed my expectations, performing above-and-beyond.

The professors in all fields of education, including humanities, math, English etc. are all passionate about what they do and it really shows. These people deserve a better facility. I believe that education is a precious resource that should not be wasted, and it looks like the staff at the college feels the same way.

I would also be ecstatic to see this little school grow, and Measure F could play an important role in that.

Tahoe is a great place, and I think it could be a terrific educational destination. There are very few places in California where a person can live 10 minutes from school and 10 minutes from the slopes.If there were more young college students in town, maybe my underage roommates and I would have something to do on the weekends, aside from watching the 21-and-older crowd go rolling at the casinos or hopping from bar to bar.

Measure F would help aid the conservation of forestry surrounding the campus, too. Forestry is an important aspect of the community college offerings, and I think it is important to preserve that because it helps the school stand out from others.

The college has a special opportunity to especially prepare its students for fire science and forest conservation. I can take 20 steps outside of my classroom and become engulfed in Mother Nature. Not many other schools have this right out the front door.

Measure F is just the start. After I move on from this great place, I would love to witness it grow into a bigger and more influential institution. Heck, if I could stay and complete my journalism major here, I would. I’d definitely save a fortune. As a student benefitting financially and learning a lot while doing so, my spirits were lifted when I saw that people were voting for Measure F and realizing the importance of public education. Maybe someday my child will want to attend an improved, more impressive Lake Tahoe Community College, and he/she could have all of us and Measure F to thank.

Nolan Brough is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College and ski teacher instructor at Heavenly Resort. He can be reached at nolan@brough.com and will get back to you when he’s not skiing or studying.


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