Mountains, deep blue water, and sheer rugged beauty -- Lake Tahoe.

At 6,229 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe Community College, set in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, is located at the highest elevation of any college in Northern California.

Opened in 1975, approximately 3,000 students come through the doors each quarter. Beyond the classrooms and labs, the 164-acre wooded campus also features a 192-seat black box theater, a world-class soccer field, extensive art lab, a Child Development Center, and much more. A 26,000-square-foot gymnasium with a dance studio and fitness education center, plus a Student Center, which includes a café and commercial-grade kitchen for the culinary arts program were opened in 2002. In 2006, the college opened a new 27,000-square-foot library and adjoining art gallery.

The University of California, the California State Universities, and other accredited colleges and universities give full credit for equivalent and transferable courses satisfactorily completed at Lake Tahoe Community College. The college is also approved for veteran's benefits.

The college calendar is based on the quarter system, with each quarter 12 weeks long. Following the three quarters, there is a six-week summer session. For dates and deadlines, check out the Academic Calendar.

With 31 associate degree options plus 28 career and technical certificates to choose from, students can pursue a wide variety of interests such as our Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy program and offerings in allied health, business administration, commercial music, criminal justice, digital media, and wilderness education. Transfer degrees prepare students for admission to California State University campuses.

Outdoor recreation can be found all year in South Lake Tahoe, a town of about 21,000 residents. Students are within minutes of three ski resorts. There are a total of 14 resorts located around Lake Tahoe. Summer brings water sports, fishing, hiking, camping, and an extensive network of mountain biking trails. The sun shines an average 75 percent or 274 days each year, giving students plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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Associate Degree

Lake Tahoe Community College

The Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers academic field courses across the Sierra Nevada. Our courses challenge students to learn not only ... [+]

The Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers academic field courses across the Sierra Nevada. Our courses challenge students to learn not only from books but also from the natural landscape. Because learning and living are integrated with the field, our courses provide the opportunity for both intellectual and personal growth. We seek students with a curiosity about the natural world, a willingness to work hard, and the ability to travel and study cooperatively in an outdoor setting.

The Wilderness Education degree or certificate is designed to prepare students to become theoretically and technically competent wilderness specialists who can apply their skills as outdoor leaders to diverse groups and environments in a world with a growing population and finite wilderness resources. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation for all aspects of wilderness education/outdoor recreation. Students will gain basic competencies in outdoor-based activities, wilderness first aid skills, experiential educational theory, group dynamics, leadership theory and skills, and environmental awareness. There is an emphasis on the integration of academic work and technical field skills. The completion of the major is appropriate for students who are outdoor-oriented and who seek individual enrichment and growth.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Campus

Associate of Applied Science

Lake Tahoe Community College

The Early Childhood Education degree program at Lake Tahoe Community College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and instruction that will promote their un ... [+]

Overview

The Early Childhood Education degree program at Lake Tahoe Community College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and instruction that will promote their understanding of child development from birth through age eight.

Classes will prepare students to understand and successfully interact with children and to enter a variety of professions serving children and their families. Many of the instructors in this program currently manage their own schools, therefore providing practical information and experience as well as teaching an excellent theoretical basis. Experience in the field is required through coursework to provide a solid and thorough educational experience.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Full-time
Campus

Associate of Arts

Lake Tahoe Community College

The Culinary Arts program at Lake Tahoe Community College represents both traditional and contemporary approaches to culinary arts education. It is our goal to prepare in ... [+]

Overview

The Culinary Arts program at Lake Tahoe Community College represents both traditional and contemporary approaches to culinary arts education. It is our goal to prepare individuals for rewarding careers in the food service profession while serving the foodservice industry by providing a trained and knowledgeable workforce. We take a grounded approach to culinary arts as expressed our mission:

The mission of the Culinary Arts program is to be of service to students and to the community of the Lake Tahoe basin by providing an education that is both practical and vocational in nature while serving as a source of self-enrichment.

While there is a strong emphasis in preparing students for the practical realities of careers in the food service industry, our Culinary Arts program departs from traditional, more vocationally oriented schools. Our unique program emphasizes both a serious academic approach and a spiritual, personal relationship to the Culinary Arts. The food service industry has matured to a point that requires its practitioners to have higher-order thinking skills to go along with the performance skills. Our program strives to meet this "real world" need while fostering a passion for food and cooking in our students.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Full-time
Campus
Lake Tahoe Community College

The Environmental Technology and Sustainability degree program will introduce students to underlying biological and physical components of environmental systems, human im ... [+]

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The Environmental Technology and Sustainability degree program will introduce students to underlying biological and physical components of environmental systems, human impacts on biological systems and associated chemical and physical processes and structures in our environment. Students will learn the basic skills and concepts needed for proper laboratory experiments in Environmental Technology and Sustainability and related fields of study. Students will become familiar with basic field procedures, protocols, and methods.

The core areas covered by the degree are environmental science, biology, physical and earth sciences, and sustainability. Students pursuing this major have the option of exploring diverse fields in environmental management and restoration, natural resources conservation, and sustainability. Many of the courses emphasize the exploration and study of the Lake Tahoe Basin and the surrounding areas, a natural lab of outstanding beauty and richness.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Full-time
Campus
Lake Tahoe Community College

The Psychology program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with general background knowledge in the field of psychology. In addition, students will gain a b ... [+]

Overview

The Psychology program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with general background knowledge in the field of psychology. In addition, students will gain a broader understanding of human behavior from various theoretical perspectives.

Program Learning Outcomes Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends. Explain different research methods used by psychologists and demonstrate knowledge of when to apply these methods and their strengths and limitations. Apply psychological principles to the analysis of personal, social, and organizational issues. Demonstrate awareness of the complexity of sociocultural diversity and its impact on psychological processes ... [-]
USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Campus
Lake Tahoe Community College

The Business program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with an introduction of the major components of a business organization in our global environment. ... [+]

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The Business program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with an introduction of the major components of a business organization in our global environment. Students pursuing this degree will also have the option of exploring such diverse fields as economics, business law, ethics, entrepreneurship, human resources, E-business, professional communication, and technology.

Areas of concentration include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Small Business Ownership, and General Business.

The Business Administration AS-T degree at Lake Tahoe Community College is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2020
Campus

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