By Kylie Rowe | @KyRoBiz
Kylie Rowe is the Vice President of Corporate Relocation at Dickson Realty, an ambassador for Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe.
In an interview with the recently inaugurated 10th President of Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Dr. Karin Hilgersom talked about the major issues our region is facing and how TMCC is poised to educate the growing workforce in Northern Nevada. Reno-Sparks is one of the fastest growing economies in our nation and TMCC plays a pivotal role preparing students for careers through the provision of industry-designed training, transfer education, and adult basic education.
TMCC offers innovative and responsive programs that students can immediately enter to complete a specialized certificate in manufacturing. For example, the P3 Program (Panasonic Preferred Pathway) was customized by Panasonic USA to teach a targeted list of manufacturing and robotics competencies in state-of-the-art facilities that mimic today’s industry equipment. The State of Nevada offers scholarships for students to start a program, complete training within two weeks and begin a new career.
The other two focuses of TMCC are transfer education and adult basic education. It’s affordable for thousands of students every year to complete their general education requirements at TMCC then transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno to complete a four-year degree. Both for transfer students and adults completing high school equivalency programs, it’s important to have a seamless transition to a four-year college/University or placement in the workforce.
With an annual enrollment of 25,000 and 95% of students staying in Nevada post TMCC education, President Hilgersom is focused on providing excellent education, customized to train targeted skills that employers are seeking now. With the vision that all Reno-Sparks residents can access postsecondary education, TMCC is ready to expand capacity for as many students seeking skills to prepare for emerging industries and our workforce of the future.