Access Outreach Recruitment

Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program: Adult Learner Cohort

The late Herb Jacobs (center) was overwhelmed and grateful to meet nursing students supported by one of his generous financial gifts towards scholarships at TMCC in 2012.

The Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program is a program at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) for unemployed or underemployed non-traditional adult learners who are in need of learning or upgrading their job skills in order to gain employment. The purpose of this program is to increase college and work readiness of the participants in the program and lay a foundation for future success.

Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program students must be willing to complete one of the following TMCC Skills Certificates or Certificates of Achievement by Fall of 2014:

Skills Certificates

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-Basic
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-Diesel
  • Cisco Certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Preparation
  • Cisco Certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Advanced
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Milling: Operations and Programming
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Turning: Operations and Programing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Welding: Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc-Welding (SMAW) and Gas Metal Arc-Welding (GMAW)

Certificates of Achievement

  • Allied Health Programs (Dental Assisting, CLS)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business and Administrative Professionals
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Digital, Graphic and Web Design
  • HVAC
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing and Machining
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Transportation Technologies

Note that this list is subject to change. Please check with AOR staff for the most current Skills Certificates and Certificates of Achievement allowable for the Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program.


  • Apply and be admitted to TMCC as a degree seeking student for Spring 2014
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester
  • Sign contract committing to requirements of the Jacobs Presidential Scholarship year-long program

Benefits (Fall 2014)

  • Assigned a TMCC Success Coach during the first year in college for motivation and support
  • Ability to sign up early for Fall 2014
  • Scholarship award amount for tuition and fees based on number of credits enrolled
  • Book award amount based on number of credits enrolled


  • Meet with a TMCC Success Coach twice per semester to review progress and have registration holds removed
  • Maintain a 2.0+ GPA and satisfactory progress in courses
  • Participate in workshops for college readiness, financial aid, financial literacy and academic advisement

About the Program

The Herb and Maxine S. Jacobs Presidential Scholars program began in the Spring of 2013 with generous funding from the Jacobs family to accomplish the mission of assisting unemployed/underemployed adult learners in attaining certificates in career and technical areas of study to increase their employability and assist them in gaining full-time employment.

The Herb and Maxine S. Jacobs Presidential Scholars program continued to assist adult learners in the same way through the Fall of 2013.

In the Spring of 2014, with continued funding from the Jacobs family and additional funding from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) and the Washoe County School District (WCSD), the program expanded. It now includes a cohort of WCSD students who are short six or fewer credits to earn their high school diploma, are committed to completing deficient high school credits by spring 2014, and will complete a TMCC Skills Certificate or industry certification by Spring 2015.

The two cohorts, adults and WCSD, are now known collectively as the DETR Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program.