RENO, NV - It’s a record year for Truckee Meadows Community College, as more than 1000 students apply for graduation. 400 of them walked in TMCC’s biggest commencement ceremony ever, which was held Friday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
This year female graduates outnumber males 696 to 339. Most will delay entering the job market, but look forward to making a difference. Miguel Martinez wants to be a High School Counselor to encourage minorities to seek higher education. “I really want to help the community,” he says. “And I feel if we get more people to college then those stats will go up and our economy will increase as well.”
Others say they will go on to seek a Bachelor’s Degree, but are encouraged by improving unemployment numbers in the Silver State. “I actually landed an internship with a company,” says geography student Jean-Paul Torres, “so I'm already going into the transportation planning realm.”
With several years of education still ahead for most of these students, planned and possible cuts to higher education are a definite concern. Today though, they’re just focusing on celebrating this victory.