Truckee Meadows Community College
United States of America
Studying overseas need not be expensive. And if you intend to study in the United States, enroll in an academic institution that values your contribution to the college community. Quality education, reasonable fees in northern Nevada's jobs college: Truckee Meadows Community College!
Whether you are a fresh high school graduate or just want to enhance your degree and bring it up to the entry-level standards for your profession in the United States, Truckee Meadows Community College (or TMCC) would be a great choice for you.
Welcoming the diversity of its student populace, TMCC not only encourages its international students to share their culture with the domestic students but also thrives on the academic excellence of everyone. Proof of this is that TMCC has Foundation Scholarships open also to international students that recognize and support scholastic achievement. If studying in the United States will be your first time living overseas for a year or more, you will feel right at home at TMCC.
That is Nevada state's motto. Nevada is one of the few states in the U.S.A. with "virtually no corporate taxes and no personal income taxes." Nevada (from the Spanish word "nieve" or snow-capped), is a business-friendly state where private companies are exempt from labor contracts that require employees to pay union dues.
Land is relatively easy to find and cheap to buy in Nevada than in California. And if you are interested in alternative sources of power, green power is plentiful. Truckee Meadows Community College offers energy technology programs and has installed Black Rock Solar, adding green technology to the campus.
Important industries in Nevada include mining and tourism. For the former, Nevada has natural resources including gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, tungsten, uranium, manganese and opal. Agriculture is also an important industry as the state has cattle ranching, horse raising and produces hay, wheat, corn and potatoes.
While large hotel casinos may be found in Las Vegas and Reno, there are other outdoor recreation activities. Nevada may be land-locked but the state has a number of large natural lakes including Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake, Walker Lake, and Pyramid Lake. With all that Nevada has to offer, skiing, river rafting are just two outdoor activities that you may enjoy while living in Truckee Meadows.
Nevada also has 51 mountain peaks above 2,743 meters. If you'd like to compare:
The City of Reno continues to rebound from the effects of the economic crash. The main business activity of Reno in the previous century used to be centered on gaming and entertainment, just like Las Vegas.
Currently, Reno economy is much diversified and includes:
• Technology -based industries (Tesla and Microsoft are based in Reno);
• Entrepreneurial start-ups;
• Education and
• Financial services.
Some Items and goods are manufacture or produced in Washoe county as well: cement, labeling devices, suntan lotion, valves, dairy and food products, pet food, microwaves, electronic equipment, livestock, agricultural produce.
Nevertheless, tourism is the major industry in the Reno area with the hotel and casino industry attracting more than 5M visitors a year. A wide range of restaurants and retail stores have sprung up mainly due to the various industries supporting the local economy. If you enjoy an active social and club scene, downtown Reno is full of nightclubs, bars and art galleries.
If you are looking for family-friendly activities you will find these as well in Reno. Nearby mountains spawned the highest concentration of ski resorts (51!) in the United States, giving year-round recreational opportunities. Reno is also surrounded by golf courses, hiking trails, fishing holes, and mountain drives. Enough places for you to bring your children during weekends together.
Reno Ranks High in Places to Live.
Livability.com, an arbiter of top places to live, checks out more than 2,000 cities in the United States with populations between 20,000 to 350,000. These are considered small to mid-sized cities.
In 2016 Livability ranked Reno #47, several steps up from the #54 ranking in 2015, citing the following factors for the decision:
Reno’s economy, sustainability and housing market all contribute to the high quality of life that the citizens enjoy. And if you are younger than 35, you'll be glad to note that Reno is ranked #32 as one of the "Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under."
Nevada: State Involvement in Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation offers job training services to both employers and job seekers, including:
In addition to tax breaks that companies get, the State of Nevada Commission on Economic Development administers a program called TEN, an acronym for Train Employees Now, The TEN program, provides intensive skills-based training programs to employees that are tailored to a company's needs. This is crucial as TEN uses the resources of training providers such as Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno in training, recruiting and continuing education.
Truckee Meadows Community College (or TMCC) is northern Nevada's jobs college, preparing qualified students for jobs in industries in Nevada. In fact, 95% of TMCC's graduates remain in Nevada after completing their studies, helping to build and support the local community. TMCC students, graduates, employees and infrastructure put more than $678 million into the region's economy each year.
Truckee Meadows, the second largest population in Nevada, is part of the city of Reno and is one of several valleys in the state of Nevada. Reno belongs to Washoe County and so does another city, Sparks. If you ever decide to settle in Washoe county, you have an option to so in either city.
The name "Truckee" is from a Native American chief, known as Truckee to the group of settlers (although Truckee may not have been his real name). This chief guided an emigrant party in 1844 from Northern Nevada to California via a river that was at that time, known as Salmon Trout River. This group of emigrants then named the river after the chief.
Do you find this interesting? Studying in Truckee Meadows Community College, you may want to join in some socio-civic activities in ensuring that Truckee River remains clean for everyone to enjoy.
If you believe that Truckee Meadows is just another small college town, think again. Truckee Meadows itself is home to the following big companies:
Aspire, Succeed, Prosper!
Serving over 25,000 domestic and international students each year, TMCC's offers a variety of programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic and occupational areas. As the fastest growing college in Northern Nevada and as northern Nevada's jobs college, TMCC offers:
As northern Nevada's jobs college, TMCC continually finds new ways to prepare students for jobs in the community. Devoted to helping its students create their own futures by changing and touching their lives, Truckee Meadows Community College is committed to:
There are more concrete reasons for enrolling in Truckee Meadows Community College including:
And when you graduate, you may still want to return from time to time to be in touch with the latest technology and updates in your field. TMCC's Workforce Development and Community Education offers northern Nevada's largest selection of non-credit professional success and personal enrichment courses that serve everyone in the community from children and teens to adults and esteemed elders.
If you are going to travel with a young child, you may be able to enroll him or her on Semester-Care with the Truckee Meadows Community College E.L. Cord Child Care Center. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and provides quality care and education based on best practices. Semester-Care provides child care for children of TMCC students and part-time faculty. Through the program, child care is available for a few hours each week during the semester while students and faculty are in class. This is a PAID service though so think about this before you decide to enrol you child.
The Counseling Center has professionally trained and skilled counselors with whom you can discuss your concerns, questions and feelings in a comfortable and trusting environment.
The Counseling Center offers the following:
Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss and resolve their concerns. Regular contact with a counselor can help in making advancement through college smooth and successful.
Like many international students, you may be itching to show some independence and work while studying. This bid for preparing yourself for a career is encouraged by Truckee Meadows Community College.
TMCC's International Services work closely with the Career Center and Internship Coordinator to assist you with:
While working as a student, your part-time work can get you between USD9.00 and USD12 per hour. For your OPT though, you may earn a starting wage of USD12 to USD15 per hour.
Both CPT and OPT opportunities would not even be a concern if you are enterprising enough and have the skills to go after employment opportunities. The significant growth in Nevada and Reno in recent years and the fact that Reno hosts numerous annual events each year such as the Reno Air Races and Cinco de Mayo Festival (to name a few) have created opportunities even for international students.
And remember, if you are enrolled in an eligible STEM program, you may remain in the United States for up to 36 months after you graduate.
English Exams and English Language Programs
Many of TMCC's international students start out at the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) located on the UNR campus. Upon completion of the IELC program many of students transfer to TMCC. Students who complete the IELC program may transfer to TMCC with a recommendation from IELC in place of the TOEFL or IELTS.
But if you are reasonably confident about your English language skills, the requirement is lower than those of a university:
FLAMES is an acronym for Financial Literacy and Money Education by Students. It is a student-led financial mentoring program designed to help educate students in financial literacy.
If you are not used to managing your own funds yet, FLAMES will help you with:
Best of all, this is a FREE SERVICE for students.
There's none. Unlike universities and other colleges, TMCC has no grade average for admission. This is not an invitation to do well though. While TMCC may not care much about your academic achievements prior to enrolling in the College, TMCC does have strict academic standards while you are enrolled with them.
Though none of the TMCC campuses offer student housing there are a variety of housing options available near the University of Nevada, Reno and TMCC campuses. You won't feel lost as International Services can assist you with finding off-campus housing and related community services.
If you are not sure yet or are still waiting on your family for a decision, you won't have to worry about missing out on a program. Most programs have TWO intake dates though deadlines must be observed as follows:
With these two intake dates, you will have a lot of time to prepare for your enrollment and subsequent student visa application!
TMCC offers many scholarship opportunities for international students! These grants may range anywhere from USD200 to USD1,000 per year. Consider the following opportunities:
Isn't this something to smile about?
TMCC student clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people and gain new experiences. TMCC's Student Government Association (SGA) encourages academic, cultural, and other categories and students to participate in student government and its various clubs, activities and projects.
Do you have leadership skills? You'll be interested to know that PAID leadership positions exist, allowing you to work on-campus.
TMCC has more than 20 recognized student clubs including:
Feeling lonely or homesick? Or do you feel that you would need help in settling down? The various clubs may be able to help you out and provide moral support when you need it.
If you are looking for options for your studies, you will be pleased with Truckee Meadows Community College roster of more than 50 programs including:
As TMCC has several campuses and some programs are offered only in some. Be sure that you read carefully and choose where your desired program is being offered.
TLC may as well stand for Tender Loving Care since the TLC, Tutoring and Learning Center, provides FREE TUTORING in most subjects and writing assistance.
Many international students work as tutors as well since there are many benefits of being one:
Pay it forward! Whether you excel in one subject or several, there will always be someone who may need your help. And who knows? The person you help today may turn out to be your best friend for life.
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is a reliable, affordable city bus system. The RTC provides bus service from downtown Reno to TMCC and throughout the greater Reno area. The RTC sells discounted bus passes for the semester to TMCC students at a rate of $115.00.
If you decide to purchase a discounted pass, remember to bring your TMCC ID to as well as to use the passes on RTC buses. You may purchase your TMCC bus pass at the Cashier’s Office in RDMT 318.
If you obtain a 2.0 GPA or higher upon completion of an associate degree, you will be guaranteed admission to University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) or University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). This is because TMCC has transfer agreements with University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas making the process easy. You may also opt to get the assistance of an Academic Advisor if you'd rather have it done that way.
If you intend to study out of state, there's no need to worry. TMCC's University transfer degrees are accepted at top universities across the United States!
Tuition fee per academic year (fall and spring semesters) is only USD9,040.
And it does not stop with the affordable tuition fee. Tuition fee can be paid in installments up to 4 to 5 payments per term
Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college that is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Credit and non-credit programs are offered at five educational sites and more than 20 community locations.
If you decide to buy a car while studying in the United States, you'll love that Parking is free and open to the public at all TMCC sites and educational centers. No permits are required.
And if you have not decided whether to enroll yet, TMCC's Student Ambassadors provide Campus Tours. All you have to do is make a request in writing and a Student Ambassador will reply within two business days. A Student Ambassador will highlight the physical campus while providing tips and observations from their own TMCC student experience. You may bring your children along but they must be supervised by an adult and are the responsibility of that adult.
TMCC's Dandini Campus is home to the student services and administrative functions of the College including, among others:
The Dandini Campus houses the TMCC Café which is open for breakfast lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday. Breakfast and lunch are served on Fridays. The TMCC Café is a good place to grab a meal, study and connect to the College's wireless Internet service.
TMCC also has a bookstore where you can shop for textbooks, apparel and accessories, supplies, gifts and memorabilia that you can share with your family back home.
Dandini Campus normal hours are:
The William N. Pennington Health Science Center is a collaborative campus of Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Some of the programs offered in this campus are:
The William N. Pennington Health Science Center has the following facilities:
Normal hours for the William N. Pennington Health Science Center are from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (contact us for special Semester/Summer hours).
TMCC's Meadowood Center is conveniently located across the street from Meadowood Mall and on multiple bus routes.
In addition to a wide variety of College credit courses offered regularly at Meadowood Center, other programs found at this location include:
Meadowood Center's normal hours are as follows:
The TMCC William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center provides world-class technical training and education for a skilled workforce. Programs offered in this campus are for:
The programs listed above are developed with input from local industry and directly meet the needs of the regional workforce. The Center's advanced shops and labs allow students to train with the hands-on experience for careers in these industries.
Successful students are awarded specialization certifications, certificates of achievement, and associate in applied science degrees.
The William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center normally operates on this schedule:
The TMCC Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center houses the College's performing arts classes. Programs offered at the Performing Arts Center include:
The TMCC Theater Department is a very active, creative and vital part of the College curriculum. In addition, the performing arts classes present a variety of performances at the Center during the year.
The Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center normally operates Monday through Friday from 9AM to 10PM.
As a regionally accredited public community college, Truckee Meadows Community College offers you options to earn an associate degree, one-year certificate or certificate of completion programs in more than 50 career fields, from Architecture to Dental Hygiene to Welding.
There are four Academic Divisions:
The Business Division offers a range of courses that satisfy general education and specific degree requirements. The Business Division houses the summer school office; and is the center for the business plan competition.
There are two departments in the division:
Business studies disciplines taught are:
Business degrees and certificates include:
Workforce Development and Community Education.
TMCC's Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE) offers northern Nevada's largest selection of non-credit personal enrichment and professional success courses. Classes, which start weekly at dozens of area locations, are tailored to adults and esteemed elders. Programs offered include: Non-Credit Programs, Customized Training, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and more.
The Liberal Arts Division consists of four departments: English, Humanities, Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts. The Division offers a range of courses that satisfy general education and specific degree requirements. The faculty and staff are committed to providing quality education.
The overall mission of the Truckee Meadows Community College English department is to promote literacy; specifically the ability to read, write, and think critically.
This mission includes the fostering of such technological literacy as information retrieval, research, and communication. The department offers a variety of programs ranging from skill development to poetry, and from university transfer to English for non-native speakers.
The TMCC History Department offers a variety of courses ranging from introductory survey courses in American, European and Nevada history, to special topics in history such as the History of U.S. Involvement in Vietnam, the History of the Civil War, Mexican History, Gender and History, and African American History.
The Humanities is a diverse set of disciplines that studies the human condition, especially how humans make sense of themselves and their place in the world. The TMCC Humanities Department offers courses in many of the subject areas that people have used for thousands of years to process and explain the human experience, including foreign languages, philosophy, and speech communication, as well as classes which cover literature, art, politics, film, music, religion, architecture, and history. The department also offers courses in American Sign Language.
TMCC Paralegal/Law Program: the only American Bar Association-approved program in Nevada! TMCC is the only community college in northern Nevada to offer -- on-campus -- the Westlaw online research tool for its Paralegal/Law Program, and to be approved by the American Bar Association. Portions of the credits you earn in the Paralegal/Law degree program may be transferable to other Nevada state four-year institutions.
Political Science Department
The TMCC Political Science Department offers a variety of courses ranging from survey courses in American government, international relations, and comparative government to more specialized courses, such as the politics of international terrorism.
Social Sciences Department
The TMCC Social Sciences Department offers first and second year college courses in the following areas:
All of these courses transfer to universities and are necessary for a wide variety of programs and degrees. They also provide non-science majors with the fundamentals for lifelong learning and responsible decision making.
Visual and Performing Arts Department
The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers a wide variety of courses in art, dance, music and theater with featured programs in graphic communications, music, theater and visual arts.
The Sciences Division consists of seven departments: Allied Health, Biology, Computer Technologies, Math, Nursing, Physical Sciences and Vet Tech.
The Biology Department at TMCC offers a comprehensive science education for those students seeking to enter allied health professions or transfer to a bachelor's degree program in Biology, Public Health or related fields.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program
The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program is an occupational preparatory program offered by the TMCC Sciences Division. Students completing the CNA course will be prepared to assist the professional nurse in direct client care, undertaking those tasks which are supportive to the care of the stable client.
This course meets the Nevada State Board of Nursing eligibility requirements to take the NSBN CNA Clinical Skills Competency Exam and the Written Knowledge Exam. Enrollment is open to the general community.
TMCC's Computer Technologies Department offers a variety of courses from office software skills to advanced networking. Find the right class for you, whether it is a computer literacy class, A+, Microsoft, Unix, Cisco, or Web development.
Certificate of Achievement
Culinary Arts Program
The TMCC Culinary Arts Program was established in 1979 and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for the first level certification as a certified culinarian, according to ACF standards.
TMCC's Culinary Arts Program offers several opportunities for degrees and career advancement. Many courses are offered so that students can work and attend TMCC part-time.
The Associate Degree requires a two-year commitment if you attend full-time. The Certificate of Achievement requires a one-year committment if you attend full-time.
Dental Assisting Program
The Dental Assisting Program at TMCC is a ten-month program, with entry only in the Fall Semester, and offers both a Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degree in Applied Science. The Program is also available on a part-time basis, with students completing the program in two years.
In addition to academic classes, TMCC has a fully-equipped dental clinic, which allows students to gain extensive practical experience. The TMCC Dental Assisting program provides instruction in all facets of:
Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Dental Hygiene Program
The TMCC Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year full-time Associate of Science degree program of classroom instruction and clinical experience which prepares students to perform the educational, clinical and laboratory responsibilities of a dental hygienist. Classes begin in the Fall Semester each year on a traditional semester schedule, with completion in May of the second year.
Dietetic Technician Program
TMCC's Dietetic Technician Program is part of the Sciences Division at TMCC, and meets all the minimum requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree. The program combines a strong academic background with supervised practice experience, consisting of 450 hours of supervised work in a variety of health care, community and food service institutions.
TMCC's Mathematics Department offers courses from beginning algebra past Calculus. Math classes are offered in a variety of formats to accommodate varying student needs and preferences.
Classes may be held in different formats:
Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program
The TMCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to practice nursing as a registered nurse. Graduates of an ADN program usually practice as nurses in direct client care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and community agencies where nursing roles and services are structured and well defined. The TMCC Nursing Program is a full-time program. As such, all core nursing courses in the degree are to be taken in sequence.
Physical Sciences Department
The TMCC Physical Sciences Department offers first and second year college courses in the following areas:
All of these courses transfer to universities and are necessary for a wide variety of science-based programs and degrees. They also provide non-science majors with the fundamentals for lifelong learning and responsible decision making.
Radiologic Technology Program
The TMCC Radiologic Technology program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as meeting national professional standards. Truckee Meadows Community College is also fully accredited by Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
The mission of TMCC's Radiologic Technology Program is to provide general and basic science education, combined with a sound foundation in the theory and art of Radiologic Technology to meet the educational needs of the students. This is evidenced by a competency-based program employing various teaching methodologies and technologies delivered through quality instruction.
Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist's Examination for Radiographers and become a member of the health care team.
Veterinary Technician Program
Veterinary Technicians will find a variety of opportunities in private veterinary clinics, as well as in hospitals, higher education, pet food and drug companies. There are also career options in teaching, state and local governments and research facilities.
Veterinary Technicians are in charge of animal nursing care in a veterinary office, including, but not limited to: surgical prep and assisting, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, collecting and analyzing lab samples, client education, producing x-rays and performing dental exams.
The Technical Sciences Division offers a diverse selection of career training programs including: Apprenticeship, Architecture and Construction Technologies, Criminal Justice, Energy Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Public and Occupational Safety, Transportation Technologies, and Veterinary Technologies.
The TMCC William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center offers the following programs:
|State||Minimum Wage||Future Enacted||Indexed Automatic|
|Alaska||$9.80||-||Indexed annual increases begin Jan. 1, 2017. (2014 ballot measure)|
|Arizona||$10.00||$10.50 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
|Rate increased annually based on cost of living. (Ballot measure 2006)|
|California||$10.50||$11.00 eff. 1-1-18
$12.00 eff. 1-1-19
$13.00 eff. 1-1-20
$14.00 eff. 1-1-21
$15.00 eff. 1-1-22
|Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan. 1, 2023|
|Colorado||$9.30||$10.20 eff. 1-1-18
$11.10 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
|Rate increasedannually based on cost of living beginning Jan 1, 2021 (2016 ballot measure)|
|D.C.||$12.50||$13.25 eff. 7-1-18
$14.00 eff. 7-1-19
$15.00 eff. 7-1-20
|Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin July 1, 2021|
|Florida||$8.10||-||Annual increase based cost of living. (Constitutional amendment 2004)|
|Hawaii||$9.25||$10.10 eff. 1-1-18||-|
|Maine||$9.00||$10.00 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
|Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan 1, 2021|
|Maryland||$9.25||$10.10 eff. 7-1-18||-|
|Michigan||$8.90||$9.25 eff. 1-1-18||Annual increases take effect Jan. 1, 2019, linked to the CPI. Increases not to exceed 3.5%. (2014 Legislation)|
|Missouri||$7.70||-||Minimum wage increased or decreased by cost of living starting Jan. 1, 2008. (2006 ballot measure)|
|Montana||$8.25/$4.00||-||Increases done annually based on the CPI and effective Jan. 1 of the following year. (2006 ballot measure)|
|Nevada||$8.25/$7.25||-||Increases subject to the federal minimum wage and consumer price index. Increases take effect July 1. (Constitutional amendment 2004/2006).|
|New Hampshire||repealed by HB 133 (2011)||-||-|
|New Jersey||$8.44||-||Indexed annual increases based on the CPI, effective Jan. 1, 2014. (Constitutional Amendment 2013)|
$10.40 eff. 12-31-17
|Ohio||$8.15/$7.25||-||Indexed annual increases based on the CPI. (Constitutional amendment 2006).|
|Oregon||$10.25||$10.75 eff. 7-1-18
$11.25 eff. 7-1-19
$12 eff. 7-1-20
$12.75 eff. 7-1-21
$13.50 eff. 7-1-22
|Indexed annual increases based on the CPI are effective July 1, 2023 (2016 legislation).|
|Rhode Island||$9.60||$10.10 eff. 1-1-18
$10.50 eff. 1-1-19
|South Dakota||$8.65||-||Annual indexed increases begin Jan. 1, 2016. (2014 ballot measure.)|
|Vermont||$10.00||$10.50 eff. 1-1-18||Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, minimum wage increased annually by 5% or the CPI, whichever is smaller; it cannot decrease. Note: Vermont started indexing in 2007 but enacted additional increases in 2014. (2014 legislation)|
|Washington||$11.00||$11.50 eff. 1-1-2018
$12.00 eff. 1-1-2019
$13.50 eff. 1-1-2020
|Annual indexed increases began Jan. 1, 2020. (ballot measure 2016)|
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures. http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx. Last Visited November 9, 2017
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