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Lisa Maloff University Center puts Brandman programs front and center in Lake Tahoe

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The Lisa Maloff University Center at Lake Tahoe Community College. Photo by Jim Grant for Weidinger Public Relations

With the opening of the Lisa Maloff University Center at Lake Tahoe Community College, Brandman University begins a new relationship with students in the Lake Tahoe, California, region.

As part of the initiative, community college students will be able to continue their educations on campus starting Sept. 4 by pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies or B.A. in Applied Studies. Additional programs – the Master of Arts in Education and teacher credentialing programs – begin in subsequent sessions starting in October and January.

Brandman is one of three universities chosen for the center, made possible by a $5.8 million donation from longtime South Lake Tahoe philanthropist Lisa Maloff, who also announced a $100,000 scholarship program for students from Lake Tahoe Community College pursuing bachelor’s degrees with a partner institution. 

 “This is exactly what Brandman’s mission is,” said Executive Vice Chancellor Tod Burnett, Ed.D., who oversees advancement and special project that expand strategic partnerships benefiting the university and enhancing student success. “These types of partnerships and programs are the best way to recruit good students and help students be more successful.”

Dream team
Brandman University's Ray Fellows, Amy Crown, Courtney Costa, Tod Burnett, Kimberly Pellow and Barbara Bartels attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Burnett worked with his “dream team” to develop the relationship, including Kimberly Pellow, director of the Sacramento Valley campuses; Barbara Bartels, Ed.D., assistant vice chancellor for Community Relations and Amy Crown, senior account manager for Strategic Business Development. Courtney Costa, an academic advisor at the Roseville campus, and Ray Fellows, a One Stop specialist at Roseville, were also part of the Brandman group coordinating the new site and attending the grand opening ceremony and open houses on Aug. 22-23.

“Lake Tahoe Community College has welcomed Brandman University to their community, and we are excited to offer many degree pathways. I look forward to the future Brandman graduates in the Lake Tahoe area,” said Pellow. Brandman faculty will teach the courses in Lake Tahoe.

Burnett, who is also the interim dean of the School of Education, said he was particularly impressed by the public turnout for the event, saying it showed how great the need is in the area, particularly for teacher education. 

“The enthusiasm was infectious. People are excited about the center, their college and the pathways with Brandman,” he said.

Maloff noted in her remarks that she had once hoped to become a teacher, but there were no programs close enough for her to attend.

Maloff
Lisa Maloff (second from right) and Lake Tahoe Community College President/Superintendent Jeff DeFranco make the center's opening official. Maloff and DeFranco also announced a $100,000 scholarship program for Lake Tahoe Community College students. Photo by Jim Grant for Weidinger Public Relations

Although both Sierra Nevada College and Washington State University will also be offering degree programs at the center, none of the programs overlap. Sierra Nevada will focus on business degrees while WSU’s focus is hospitality.

 “Lisa Maloff’s support has allowed us to open up a new world of opportunities for our students and community that will just continue to grow as we add partnerships with other institutions,” said Jeff DeFranco, superintendent and president of Lake Tahoe Community College.

Students will learn in four flexible classrooms equipped with the latest technology, including interactive displays, laser projectors, and motion sensing cameras for distance education and lecture capture. The classrooms combine into two larger rooms for bigger classes or events.

Read local press coverage of the grand opening here

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