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LTCC to offer free, first-year tuition for local high school grads, on-campus housing

September 18, 2017 — There are major developments in the works at Lake Tahoe Community College. At the State of the College Address on Thursday, Sept. 14, LTCC president Jeff DeFranco spoke about the steps the college is taking to make it easier for students to succeed in higher

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Sierra College Insights brings intellectual discussion, networking to North Lake Tahoe

September 10, 2017 — Experts and professors in psychology, brain sciences and architecture convene to host a series of thought-provoking and discussion-encouraging meetings among North Lake Tahoe locals and visitors. Sierra College Insights is a no-cost monthly program held on the Tahoe-Truckee campus that will spotlight a different topic

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Chet Burton leaving WNC for Nevada Chancellor’s office

August 14, 2017 — Western Nevada College President Chet Burton is leaving WNC. Burton resigned Friday, Aug. 11, to take the job as vice president for administration and finance for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Jamie McNinch, director Information and Marketing Services Personnel, said Burton will start with

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$55 million renovation project well underway at Truckee High

August 8, 2017 — Truckee High School's facelift is well underway, but by the time students and faculty returning this fall the upgrades will only be partially complete. The $55 million Truckee High School renovation project involves major reconstruction of the 67-year-old campus, and is expected to be complete

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Kingsbury Middle School sale back on Douglas County school board agenda

August 7, 2017 — A decision on the sale of old Kingsbury Middle School will top the agenda when Douglas County School District trustees meet on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Stateline, Nev. The school board’s August meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Visitor Center,

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Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village cuts 6 faculty members

August 3, 2017 — When students return to class at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village later this month, they'll notice that some of their favorite instructors are no longer at the school. Six of Sierra Nevada College's faculty members were let go on July 13 in a controversial

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Promise Program targets community colleges in Nevada

July 31, 2017 — A little-publicized educational initiative, part of Senate Bill 391 that passed the Nevada Legislature in June, was the Nevada Promise Program. A key piece of the legislation is a scholarship program aimed to assist aspiring college students with the cost of attending one of the

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Zephyr Cove kindergarten teacher retires after 34 years

July 30, 2017 — Over her 34 years of teaching kindergarten, Konnie Susich had one important rule: one hug for each student every day. “By the end of each year, I really do feel like they are my kids,” said Susich. “I’ve taught 1,000 children over the years —

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Douglas County School District extends the escrow deadline on Kingsbury Middle School sale

July 28, 2017 — Douglas County School District trustees agreed this week to extend the escrow deadline for sale of the old Kingsbury Middle School property to Monday, Aug. 1. Trustees extended the closure date during their special meeting Monday at the Airport Training Center on an offer from

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District names Andrew Yoxsimer as new Incline High principal

July 26, 2017 — This fall, parents and students can expect to see a familiar face leading Incline High after principal Leslie Hermann's recent retirement. The Washoe County School District announced new staff assignments for the 2017-18 academic year on July 12, and named current Incline High School Site

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UNR Med welcomes new women’s health programs

July 24, 2017 — For the first time in its history, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) will house an obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) department, primarily to provide better services in women’s health in the Northern Nevada region. The new department will provide education for

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Incline Elementary loses teachers, students amid district budget crisis

June 29, 2017 — Parents of the 64,000 students across the Washoe County School District breathed a sigh of relief on June 5 when the Nevada Legislature voted to provide $5 million to help with the district's projected $13 million deficit over the next two years. But that won't

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Great Basin Outdoor School hosts camps to teach students in a whole new way

June 14, 2017 — Great Basin Outdoor School will celebrate 20 years as a nonprofit in 2018 with a mission of working "to ignite children's passion for learning and foster cooperation, respect and responsibility through hands-on discovery in the outdoor classroom." Through single- and multi-day camps held on the

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Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation pumping $2 million into program that allows high school students to take college courses

June 5, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday, May 24, signed legislation pumping $2 million into the program that allows high school students to take college courses for credit. SB 19 also mandates all Nevada high schools offer the dual enrollment program. "We are bringing some incredible companies

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Tallac Historic Site begins summer programs

June 5, 2017 — The Tallac Historic Site is one of the most popular locations for those wishing to learn more about Lake Tahoe's history. The property, which is open each summer and managed by both the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and U.S. Forest Service, launched a portion of its

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Nevada Division of Museums and History to get staff to handle historic sites

May 26, 2017 — With a bill tightening controls to stop grave robbers and repatriate American Indian burial sites as leverage, the Division of Museums and History on Thursday won support to restore a position to manage those activities. The bill requires the museums division to issue a permit

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Connecting business and education to prepare the workforce in Washoe County

May 20, 2017 — Workforce development is one of the big challenges that northern Nevada employers face in a growing economy. The Washoe K-12 Education Foundation, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce will host an event to present what the Washoe

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Technology, diversity programs face loss of funding

April 30, 2017 — At libraries throughout the state, students can learn programming language to write and execute code that controls digital technology through the NCLabs online coding course. "It's super important in terms of 21st century literacy," said Tammy Westergard, assistant administrator of the Nevada State Library and

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Principal’s Corner: Exciting changes in store for Truckee High School

April 5, 2017 — Great things are happening at Truckee High School as we prepare students to be college and career ready! We are excited to break ground this month on the new additions at Truckee High thanks to funding from Measure U. District project managers have been working

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Glass Half Full: Don’t be afraid to seek assistance

April 2, 2017 — Last week, the sunrise Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline hosted its annual speech contest. Five very qualified Incline High School candidates participated, presenting eloquent arguments as to why service is important — in particular, the service of Rotary around the world. The local winner, Serena Faulkner,

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