Established in 1969, Truckee Meadows Community College was originally known as Western Nevada Community College and was part of the Community College Division of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The school became independently operated after experiencing significant expansion and growth. In 2011 enrollment surpassed 13,000 and the two-year, public institution continues to grow and expand. Truckee Meadows Community College participates in a university-transfer program and provides a variety of applied technical and occupational programs at the undergraduate level. To better provide for the needs of distance learners, the college designed a handful of associate degrees and courses to be completed online.
WebCollege is the division of Truckee Meadows Community College that provides online education opportunities to distance learners. Through WebCollege students can earn an associate’s degree in several areas of study, including business, criminal justice, secondary education, early childhood education, and administration. Since Truckee Meadows Community College has a partnership with the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, students can transfer credits to earn an online bachelor’s degree and finish out their studies entirely through distance learning. Truckee Meadows Community College provides several outlets of support for distance learners, including a frequently asked questions page, information about the online learning platform, student printing assistance, and online tutorials.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accredited Truckee Meadows Community College since 1980. The college also holds specialized accreditation from the American Dental Association, American Dietetic Association, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Students seeking admission to Truckee Meadows Community College must be a high school graduate or hold a GED. They must also take a placement test and submit the scores to the institution for evaluation. International applicants are required to complete an admissions application and include official high school or college transcripts. If English is not the primary language of the applicant, they must also provide scores from the TOEFL to prove proficiency in the language. In order to show ability to pay for tuition costs, international applicants must also provide financial statements or an affidavit of support.