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Chapter Four : Key Findings, Strategic Areas of Focus
and Recommended Strategies
This chapter provides the analysis of the key findings as a result of the data and information gathering related
to the external and internal scans. More specifically, the data tables and information in Chapter 2 provided the
detail used in the development of this section. Also, listed below is a summary of feedback provided to TMCC
as a result of several community forums which included representatives from college program advisory
committees, community leaders and current and past TMCC students. The outcome is designed to summarize
what has been identified, reviewed and assessed in order to set the stage for specific areas of focus that can
be a part of the implementation of the Educational Master Plan which will ultimately support the College
Strategic Master Plan.
Findings Based Upon External Scan Data and Information
The following summary findings are a result of the External Scan data and information gathered as a part of
this process. The data and information were provided by local, state and national sources as well as from the
TMCC Office of Institutional Research.
The findings include the following observations:
The demographics of Washoe County ( Reno, Sparks MSA’s) show a relatively small up or down
change in the size of the population over the last few years;
While individuals with advanced degrees increased slightly, those with high school diplomas
declined;
The labor market has changed dramatically with unemployment in Washoe County hitting
13.1% as of 2009;
A review of the data suggests the impact of the large unemployment rate may not be accurately
reflected in the demand occupation assessments for Reno-Sparks, Nevada and the Nation;
A review of the demand occupation assessment for the Reno-Sparks area is more similar to that of
Nevada’s demand occupation assessment than the nation;
A review of the Reno-Sparks and Nevada demand occupation assessments indicates that much of
the program offerings at TMCC are appropriately aligned with the needs of the community and state;
TMCC CTE area data is not tracked and reported using the same or similar occupational codes as the
local, state and federal governments report;
It appears that the way data and information have been collected and entered into the existing
TMCC database makes it very difficult to delineate specifically CTE from transfer level courses
when reports are created;
Nationally the Nursing profession continues to be identified as a top 25 demand growth industry,
but locally and statewide that is no longer the case;
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