About TMCC

About Truckee Meadows Community College


Truckee Meadows Community College creates the future by changing lives.


Truckee Meadows Community College promotes student success, academic excellence and access to lifelong learning by supporting high-quality education and services within our diverse community.

Dandini Campus

TMCC Dandini Campus


The values upon which Truckee Meadows Community College bases its mission and vision statements are the principles, standards and qualities the college considers worthwhile and desirable. Truckee Meadows Community College is committed to:

  • Student access and success
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Evidence of student progress through assessment of student outcomes
  • Nurturing a climate of innovative and creative thought
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Community development through partnerships and services
  • Ethical practices and integrity
  • Respect, compassion, and equality for all persons
  • Responsible and sustainable use of resources
  • Fostering attitudes that exemplify responsible participation in a democratic society

Core Themes

Core Theme I: Student Success

Core Theme II: Academic Excellence

Core Theme III: Access to Lifelong Learning


Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, The college serves more than 28,000 students each year in credit and non-credit programs at five college sites and more than 20 community locations.

TMCC is northern Nevada's jobs college, preparing qualified students for jobs in industries right here in Nevada. In fact, 95% of our students remain in Nevada after completing their studies, helping to build and support our local community. TMCC students, graduates, employees and infrastructure put more than $678 million into the region's economy each year.

TMCC is continually growing and finding new ways to prepare students for jobs in our community. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada.

Dandini Campus, 1970

Aerial shot of TMCC circa late 1970's when only the Red Mountain Building existed.


In 1969, the community college system was established by the Nevada State Legislature. In 1971, Governor Mike O'Callaghan dedicated Western Nevada Community College as one of three community colleges in the Community College Division of the Nevada System of Higher Education. In its infancy, TMCC operated under the name of Western Nevada Community College. The parent campus was located in Carson City. Stead Air Base housed a secondary campus serving predominantly the greater Reno-Sparks area. Both campuses had their own student organizations, faculty senates, and administrative organizations.

In addition to Stead Air Base, space for registration and classrooms was provided by the Washoe County Schools. The first of the multi-phases of construction for a campus on Dandini Boulevard in Reno was completed in 1976. The Dandini Campus became the central hub for the staff, programs and students.

In 1979, the Board of Regents split Western Nevada Community College and established Truckee Meadows Community College. TMCC became the fourth community college within the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Starting in the 1980s, the student demand for courses and programs created a need for more facilities. In addition to expanding the Dandini Campus, the college established the IGT Applied Technology Center (March 1999), Meadowood Center (February 2003), the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center (September 2003), and the TMCC High Tech Center at Redfield (September 2005).