Meeting at LCC explores partnerships for local students to earn bachelor’s degrees at home

Nearly 30 college administrators, program directors and decision makers attended a Monday, June 28 summit meeting at Lassen Community College to address the possibility of local students earning a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and perhaps the California State University, Chico while taking classes at LCC.

LCC President Dr. Trevor Albertson opened the meeting by saying, “My interest here is the same as everyone else here today — the students of our region and our state.”

Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., president of Humboldt State University, said, “It was a few weeks ago that we received word through the California State University offices that there was a community college president who wanted to collaborate more closely with the CSU. And it should come as no surprise that your president was that person … What was somewhat unusual was that Lassen Community College was already on our list … ”

Albertson said he had a “brainstorm” when thinking about ways to better serve local students and the Susanville community by offering them greater educational opportunities, especially a way to earn a four-year degree while living here in Susanville.

LCC’s nursing program will be the first to take advantage of the new arrangement in which local nursing students can enroll in online classes offered by Humboldt State University, perhaps as early as next year.

Albertson, Jackson and representatives from CSU Chico all noted the close relationship between the colleges and how many LCC students eventually transfer to those four-year schools to earn a four-year degree.