Below are the answers to commonly asked questions regarding Lake Tahoe Community College’s online Criminal Justice program for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees:

Classes are $31/quarter unit, so it depends on how many courses you take: Multiply your total units enrolled by $31. There is also a $3 Health Service fee per quarter, and a $2 Student Representation Fee per quarter. For more information, please visit the Credit & Refund Policy page.

There is no limit on “transfer in” units, but you must complete at least 18 quarter units at Lake Tahoe Community College to get a degree from the college. A minimum of 12 quarter units must be completed at LTCC to receive a Certificate from the college.

It depends on the individual person and scheduling. The Certificate is 28 quarter units; the Associate degree is 90 quarter units. Pending course availability, students enrolling in a full load could be able to complete the Certificate in one year. Degree sequences can typically take two to three years to complete, depending upon the number of units a student might be transferring in with, the availability of courses offered, and how many units per quarter they enroll in.

Using a state computer is not authorized and would be in violation of the CDCR Computing Technology Use Agreement (CDC 1857), as per the CDCR.

Using state time to complete class assignments is not allowable, as per the CDCR.

Fees are set at the regular, low-cost rate of $31/quarter unit for CA residents. Residency requirements (set by the California Chancellor’s Office for Community Colleges) apply to CDCR employees who wish to take coursework through Lake Tahoe Community College. Non-California resident tuition is $181/ quarter unit.

LTCC is on the quarter system. This means new courses are offered every couple of months!

Please contact your immediate supervisor, IST office, or Training Coordinator at CDCR. LTCC is not able to answer questions regarding CDCR policies and regulations. From the CDCR: “Only Bargaining Unit 6 staff qualifies for a salary range change upon completion of educational requirements, per the bargaining agreement. Interested individuals should refer to the current bargaining agreement or contact their personnel specialist to find out more information on salary range schedules. Choice of study and salary range change for BU6 employees is dependent on classification. Please refer to Article XV, Section 15.16 for Education Incentive Pay. In most cases, there is not a direct link between education and a promotion.  An education can potentially provide an individual competitive advantage over another candidate in a competitive hiring process.”

Questions regarding On the Job (OJT) training opportunities should be directed to CDCR employees’ immediate supervisor, IST office, or Training Coordinator. LTCC offers work-based learning through its Work Experience program, where students can earn college credit towards worksite objectives including training processes associated with CDCR positions.

In many cases, yes! CDCR employees are eligible to earn college credit at work through Lake Tahoe Community College’s Work Experience program. The Work Experience Program offers LTCC students an opportunity to outline measurable objectives at the worksite that will be accomplished over the quarter. The course code for Work Experience in a Criminal Justice job is CRJ-132. The following academic units earned outline the necessary hours worked:

  • 50 hours = 1 quarter unit 
  • 100 hours = 2 quarter units
  • 150 hours = 3 quarter units
  • 200 hours = 4 quarter units
  • 250 hours = 5 quarter units
  • 300 hours = 6 quarter units

(1 semester unit = 1.5 quarter units)

The minimum number of hours a student must work within the academic quarter is 50 hours (this earns 1 academic credit). Students are obligated to fulfill requirements (attend the mandatory online orientation, email/phone meetings with LTCC Work Experience staff, complete assignments, etc.) to obtain their units. Students can enroll in up to 6 units per quarter, up to 24 units total.



LTCC will award Credit by Exam/Experience for CDCR employees who have successfully graduated from the CDCR’s 12 week, 480-hour Basic Correctional Officer Academy for the following courses:

    • CRJ 110 Introduction to Corrections (4 units)
    • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 units)

To be eligible for the 8 units of Credit by Examination/Experience, CDCR employees must:

  • Be registered for classes at LTCC and in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or higher, and
  • Be verified as successful completers of the CDCR Basic Correctional Officer Academy

The student’s academic record shall be clearly annotated to reflect that the credit was earned by examination/experience. Credits acquired by examination/experience are not applicable to meeting of such unit load requirements as Selective Service deferment, Veterans or Social Security benefits.