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Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program: WCSD Cohort

TMCC Foundation scholarship recipients are honored at the Legacy Scholarship Dinner during each fall semester.

The Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program is a first-year experience program at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) for WCSD students who are committed to completing a TMCC Skills Certificate or industry certification by Spring 2015.

The purpose of this program is to increase college and work readiness for 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 by Spring of 2015:

Skills Certificates

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-Basic
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-Diesel
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-Master
  • 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
  • Welding: Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc-Welding (SMAW) and Gas Metal Arc-Welding (GMAW)

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


  • Student must be working toward earning a high school diploma by June 2014, OR student must be working toward or have already attained a HSE (GED) during the 2013-14 academic year
  • Students who have earned an Adult Diploma are eligible
  • Apply and be admitted as a degree seeking student to TMCC for Summer 2014
  • Enroll in a minimum of 3 credits for Summer 2014, and a minimum of 12 credits for Fall 2014
  • Enroll in necessary amount of credits for TMCC Skills Certificate completion in Spring 2015
  • Sign contract committing to requirements of the Jacobs Presidential Scholars year-long program

Benefits (2014-15)

  • Assistance in completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • One (3 credits) free college class in Summer 2014
  • Free Summer/Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 bus pass
  • Assigned a TMCC Success Coach during the first year in college for motivation and support
  • Ability to sign up early for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 classes
  • Scholarship to assist in paying for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 tuition, if needed


  • 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
  • Complete post-test assessment

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.