Lake Tahoe Community College literally takes education to new heights! (6,229 feet of altitude, the highest of any institution in California, to be exact.) Its scenic 164 acres incorporate the Duke black-box theatre, multiple academic labs, and a 27,000-square-foot library and art gallery. Fully accredited by the ACCJC since 1979, LTCC’s academic programs include more than twenty concentrations of study at the associate’s level—unique ones like fire science and wilderness education among them—and almost fifteen professional certifications. A small student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1 ensures students individualized attention and the best possible preparation for eventually transferring to a four-year university. To help keep students fit and stress-free, classes are even available in a variety of sports--from basketball to weight training--and the men’s and women’s soccer team (the Coyotes) have competed in the Golden Valley Conference since 2014. Furthermore, LTCC is committed to helping the less advantaged get ahead: its participation in the TRiO-Upward Bound program provides tutoring, career guidance, and numerous academic workshops to low-income students and those whose parents did not complete a degree. So remember, your climb upward begins with just one step: Lake Tahoe Community College.