Greetings, and welcome to Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC).
Since 2016, I have been honored to serve as the 10th president of TMCC. The past four years with TMCC have been amazing and, at the time of this writing, our wonderful college is moving forward even during the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. I am so proud of the TMCC community for maintaining academic excellence, focusing on student success, and compassionately addressing the health of our employees and our students.
TMCC is an upbeat college, a happy place where outstanding faculty and staff wholeheartedly embrace our purpose and dedicate themselves to helping students cross the finish line, moving on toward a satisfying occupation or to transfer to a university for advanced degrees. We serve our community by producing well-prepared graduates in many fields of study who, with our help, often develop an appetite for learning that enables lifelong progress in their professional and personal endeavors. Our students work hard and learn hard as they navigate the path leading them to a brighter future for themselves and their families.
TMCC is rightfully proud of its wide array of workforce programs, certificates and degrees, as well as transfer prep degrees which allow for seamless continuation to a 4-year degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, UNLV, and many universities outside of Nevada. We are also proud to offer several Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and, in 2021, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Through numerous awards and grants, TMCC has been recognized for transformative, cutting edge programs in student support services, workforce development, community engagement, and more. In 2017, we qualified as a Hispanic Serving Institution and many of our Latinx students are succeeding in STEM fields. Recently, TMCC received its second significant Federal TRIO grant that will provide deep support services to 140 students annually. This joined our longstanding Veteran’s Upward Bound program funded through TRIO. Also in 2020, TMCC earned the recognition titled “Green Ribbon School Post Secondary Sustainability Awardee,” one of only five postsecondary institutions to be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
As president, I constantly reflect on opportunities to improve upon the important work of community colleges. This is particularly true in the context of the digital age that is changing the way that students learn, communicate and view the world around them. In the new era of COVID, the speed of this change has increased exponentially, pushing us to think creatively, innovate quickly and adapt rapidly. As a highly versatile and responsive learning organization, TMCC is well-positioned for success in this environment. We continue to leverage the tremendous resources of the college, listening to our community openly as we ask and respond to the questions, “As educators, what can we do better to improve student success and completion?” and “How do we balance educational excellence in all our actions, while keeping tuition and fees low, so that all who seek training, certification or a degree at TMCC can readily do so?”
At TMCC, we dedicate ourselves to the great purpose of service to our students and the Reno-Sparks community. We grow stronger by the semester and in challenging times, we reaffirm our commitment to moving forward and seeking new opportunities to provide excellent public higher education. As your president, I continue to work alongside you, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, to best lead this marvelous college in a manner that builds upon our community’s great pride and appreciation for TMCC.
Karin Hilgersom, PhD