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Studying abroad at LTCC

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The study abroad program at Lake Tahoe Community College is going “muy bueno,” according to school officials.

Susie King, the international education programs coordinator, unveiled a new Web site for the LTCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. The site features educational opportunities for LTCC students in places such as Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Mexico.

The site also contains links to passport information, travel safety and pictures of where the students stay.

“It’s to provide total access to people any where in the world, country and our local area,” King said.

Out of the 108 community colleges in California, about half of them have study abroad programs, King said. LTCC is the first to send students abroad where they can take classes that are immediately recognized as transferable college credits, King added.

Class programs last an average of three weeks rather than the usual quarter or semester length.

“There’s a growth of short-term programs,” King said. “It just seems like people’s lifestyles don’t accommodate that as well and it’s more cost- effective for the institution.”

Dr. Fritz Wenck, president of the college board, said the college has been sending David Foster, an art teacher, to Italy and France for the past five years to investigate education opportunities.

The investigation proved fruitful. With tuition being relatively inexpensive, it only adds to the popularity of the program, Wenck said.

“To the students, tuition is a huge bonus for them because it’s so inexpensive,” he said. “The community colleges in California are the lowest in the nation. The bargain is so good that people are signing up from out of state.”

Proposals for future programs include studying environmental biology in Costa Rica, art in Florence, Italy, and theater in New York.

About 10 students are enrolled for a fall study trip to London from Oct. 11 to Dec. 7. King is hoping several more students will enroll in the program that is in partnership with Foothill-DeAnza Community College.

In addition, host families are needed for three international students taking courses at LTCC.

For more information on the study abroad program or being a host family, call Susie King at (530) 541-4660 ext., 370.


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