Letter to the editor- New policy at LTCC is wrong
South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Community College has decided to deny entrance by auditors to selected classes. Auditing is a process that many adults (especially middle-age and older adults) in this community use to gain personal fulfillment and continue on with an education, not available anywhere else. To audit a class you must wait one week after that class has started and also get the instructor’s permission before you may enroll. Before the community college came to South Lake Tahoe, this was available through adult education classes.
Auditing is a common practice at all colleges. It is the process by which many adults continue their education throughout their lives. We have supported the college through our votes and taxes, so this type of education would be available to all of us, not just available to students continuing on to a four-year college or university. If a four-year college was here, that is where many auditors would go, but it is not. Since most auditors are employed or have businesses and families in this town, we do not have the option of traveling to or moving to a city with an institution that continues to remain receptive to the needs of its community.
I believe LTCC should rethink its “new” policy of denying continuing education to the members of its community. After all, LTCC would not be here for anyone if it were not supported by us, the working adult taxpayers.
I urge all citizens to write to: Guy Lease, president; Lake Tahoe Community College; One College Drive; South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 96150, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, urging the college to reinstate its policy of continuing education for all.
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