Last week I took a look at Truckee Meadows Community College here in Reno. This week I will be looking at the University of Nevada here in Reno.
Originally established in Elko, UNR relocated to Reno in 1885. At that time over half the states’ population lived in the Reno-Carson City area so the new location just north of downtown Reno was selected to service more of the states’ population. Today, UNR offers nine degree granting, academic colleges and over 145 degree programs. Whether undergraduate, graduate or doctoral, there is sure to be a degree and program to peak your interest.
Not only is UNR recognized as one of the top 150 national universities in research and development, but they also take pride in playing an active role in the community. Cooperative education programs address vital needs in every Nevada county. A partner with the city of Reno in IBM’s “Smarter Cities” grant program brings fact based economic expansion to better our community. In 2012, UNR’s part time MBA program was ranked #4 in the United States by Business Week. Us News and World Report ranks UNR in the top 100 public institutions, classifying them as Tier 1.
Student life is very active with over 250 clubs on campus. Chances are good that another student is in the same situation or has the same interests as you. There are close to 3,000 students at UNR with the average age of a student at 32.9. Even as an older student who doesn’t reside on campus and attends classes part time, I feel a sense of community. The professors are experienced and educated in their fields and take every opportunity to help their students succeed.
Reno truly is “The Biggest Little City in the World” with its small town feel, big town amenities and access to a ton of outdoor activities within a one hour radius. The Reno-Sparks citizens are loyal UNR Wolf Pack fans and show their spirit whenever they can. Local business love UNR students and show their appreciation with the discounts they offer. All this brings us to recognizing Reno as a great college town.
What’s holding you back from heading back to classes?
Today I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about Truckee Meadows Community College here in Reno, Nevada. Established in the 1970’s, it originally went by Western Nevada Community College.
This community college’s main campus is located just north of Reno. Credit and non-credit classes are held here as well as four other college sites and over 20 community locations. The college offers 40 programs of study that can lead to over 100 different degrees. The Associates of Arts (AA) and the Associates of Science (AS) degrees are designed for those who plan to transfer to a four year college or university to continue towards a bachelor’s degree. This is an economical way to get the first two years of your degree out of the way for a fraction of the cost.
TMCC is also a great place to earn a certificate of achievement in a specific occupational area. This type of program is shorter than a degree program and more specialized to your chosen field. Certificate programs are offered in a number of areas, such as:
- Web Development
- Dietetic Technician
- Health Sciences
- Early Childhood Education
- Automotive Certified Technician
- Solar Energy Technician
- Veterinary Technologies
TMCC is well known in the area as a job college, establishing or strengthening job skills for students to contribute to the local community. 95% of students end up staying in Reno after completing their schooling. Affordability and flexibility are keys to success for the diverse student population at this institution.
The TMCC Re-entry Center was established to assist those returning to school and/or the workplace. Some of the services they provide are:
- vocational assessment
- work experience
- job search assistance
In addition, financial assistance can be available for tuition, childcare, books, supplies and transportation. The campus also offers students child care at the campus’ on-site day care center, the E.L. Cord Child Care Center.
Don’t be afraid to ask about other services available on campus to help you succeed. What services would make going back to school a reality for you?
Nevada Women’s Fund was founded in 1982 by Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller and Barbara C. Thornton. These women had a vision to provide the best opportunities for women and their families in Northern Nevada. Through scholarships and grants, Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.
Through scholarships alone, Nevada Women’s Fund has awarded over $3.1 million dollars to 1,350 women since 1983. The majority of these women have faced social or financial challenges that have prevented them from pursuing further education. Many recipients are single mothers and women reentering the workforce. Applications are accepted in January and February each year, with awards announced in July.
Grants account for over $3.1 million in disbursements to 141 community organizations that focus on helping women and children. Whether addressing the physical and mental health of our women, preventing violence for women or addressing concerns of the aging women, NWF strives to strengthen the community. In turn, our community can better support their women in the pursuit of their goals.
Nevada Women’s Fund supports its efforts through the generous donations of individual donors, earned income from its endowments and the hosting of two annual fundraising events.
- The Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon is held every year in May to celebrate women and their professional and personal commitments. The keynote speaker this year will be Lucille O’Neal, author and motivational speaker. (For those basketball fans, she is Shaq’s mom!)
- NWF Power of the Purse is hosted just before the holidays to give women an opportunity to shop some of the fabulous local vendors that Northern Nevada has to offer. With tasty treats and drinks, I’m in!
Nevada Women’s Fund is another great non profit doing some incredible work to encourage women to reach for more that they imagined they were capable of. I’d love to hear about any other organizations that are empowering women. Leave me a comment below.