Campus scene | Sierra College offers a jumpstart on career education in Truckee |

Campus scene | Sierra College offers a jumpstart on career education in Truckee

Nicole Cheslock
Special to the Sun
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What happens when you combine stellar teaching, hands-on activities, and college-level standards? Learning. Just ask the students who completed Sierra Collegeand#8217;s Engineering Support Technology (EST) course on technical drawing at North Tahoe High School. The class was taught by Professor Altman, who is a practicing Civil Engineer and academic tutor for local high students.

Freshman Todd Goodrich explained, and#8220;It’s a perfect class if you are interested in an architecture or engineering career field. The class offers a great chance to be creative, and a great chance to experiment with advanced technology.and#8221; His classmate, David Likes, a North Tahoe High School sophomore said, and#8220;It is a good class to take. It’s kind of challenging in the beginning but then it all make sense as the semester goes on,and#8221; explained

The diversity of students in a Sierra College class contributes to the richness of the experience. In addition to current high school students, adults are enrolled in career and technical education courses. Brady McClintock, a professional interior designer in the EST course explained, and#8220;Not only did I learn AutoCAD, but I left much more confident in using additional computer applications.and#8221; About the instructor, she added, and#8220;Mr. Altman has a wealth of knowledge, patience, and an ease of combining a class of high school students and working professionals … He kept us all engaged and excited about what we were learning.and#8221;

The Career and Technical Education programs at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee offer high school students and adults a variety of professional pathways at a low cost. Students pay approximately $26 per unit. The unit cost for high school students participating in the academic enrichment program is only one dollar per unit. Most credit courses are three to four units.

A benefit of taking classes at Sierra College is the quality of instruction and support services. Teachers combine their academic training with real life experience and students receive free academic and career counseling services on campus.

The educational opportunities available at the Tahoe-Truckee campus continue to expand and attract students with diverse interests and goals. In addition to Career and Technical Education offerings, high school students and graduates can complete an associateand#8217;s degree locally.

The Tahoe-Truckee campus is one of four that comprise the Sierra College district. According to the College Board, students who transfer from community colleges do the same or better academically than students who began as freshmen at those same universities. District-wide, Sierra College is ranked first in the Northern California Region in transfer admission to the University of California and California State University systems.

Drop by campus in person, 11001 College Trail in Truckee (across from the SaveMart shopping area), visit or phone (530) 550-2225.

and#8212; Nicole Cheslock is Tahoe-Truckeeand#8217;s Career Education Liaison for Sierra College. She holds a masters degree from Stanford Universityand#8217;s School of Education and can be reached at for more information.

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