College courses now offered at local high schools |

College courses now offered at local high schools

Local high school students looking to get a jump start on college have more opportunities to get ahead now that Sierra College is offering classes at North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Truckee high schools.

The junior college began offering two courses at North Tahoe High and three courses at Truckee High this semester.

Each course is taught by a Sierra College professor and provides students with three college credits that are transferable to the University of California or California State University school systems. The students also receive credit for high school.

“It’s cool to take a college class while you are still in high school,” said Emily Schenone, a senior at North Tahoe High. “It gives you some insight into the different expectations.”

The collaboration began as a way to offer students opportunities that the high schools could not otherwise provide because of staffing, while at the same time increasing student interest in the college.

“It’s definitely beneficial to the student because they can start figuring out what classes they might be interested in once they get into college,” said professor Laura Van Hook, who teaches introduction to digital art and design at North Tahoe High. “And it sparks an interest to get them thinking about the offerings at Sierra and that they don’t necessarily have to go away (to college).”

The five preliminary classes are just a jumping off point, said Sierra College Dean Rick Rantz, noting that both high schools and the college are looking to expand programming next semester and in the coming years.

“We should have our drama class up and going at North Tahoe, and at Truckee we are going to plug in-a career development course and a college success course,” Rantz said.

In addition to high school students, the college courses offered at both high schools are also open to the public. To find out more or to register for a course next semester, call 550-2555.

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