RENO — In 2011, Truckee Meadows Community College joined Complete College America in its mission to increase academic completion rates throughout the country. After pledging to help more than 1,000 students earn a college degree or certificate, TMCC became the institution with the highest increase of completers in Nevada, exceeding its goal by 22 percent.
“The success of our students is our foremost priority and we are thrilled with the results of our efforts,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, president of TMCC. “This initiative truly allows each institution to challenge itself and its students to positively contribute to the community by earning a degree.”
Complete College America was established in 2009 as a way to increase completion and retention rates. In 10 years, it is expected that 58 percent of new jobs will require a college education. Complete College America is dedicated to making certain that by 2020, six out of every 10 adults in the United States will have a higher education degree or certificate. The initiative encourages institutes of higher education to set a variety of state and campus completion goals, measure progress and success, reduce time to earn a degree, transform remediation and restructure programs to ensure academic completion. Nevada is one of 30 states in the Complete College America’s Alliance of States.
TMCC’s strategies include refining recruitment and outreach plans, offering financial support and developing programs to enhance retention. The participating institutions in Nevada include TMCC, College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Western Nevada College, Nevada State College, University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
For more information, visit www.TMCC.edu or call 673-7000.