Adult Education


What is ADVANCE?

ADVANCE is a collaborative network of local organizations, government offices, and employers working together to support adults in meeting education, career, and other personal goals. These goals can include; completion of a high school credential, entering college or career training, improving current employment, and even connecting job seekers with high-demand, local industry needs. To ensure we are successful in our mission, we adhere to the following four principles.

Your Personalized Pathway

Identify your goals and map out important steps to begin moving forward.

Low or No Cost

Cost will never be a barrier for anyone committed to improving their employment, skills, or education.

Ease and Accessibility

Setting aside time to work on your goals can be difficult. We will work with you so that your plan meets your needs and fits your schedule.

An Integrated Network

You do not have to do this alone. Our network of local employers, educators and community agencies will work to connect you to resources that will support you along the way.

How do I connect to ADVANCE?

There are a number of ways to connect to ADVANCE services but the simplest is to attend one of our regularly scheduled Orientation-Registrations. These 90-minute sessions will provide an overview of our services, basic assessment of current skill strengths, and begin the process of identifying goals. Offered twice a month at LTCC, morning sessions are held on the third Wednesday and afternoon sessions are held on the fourth Saturday. For more information, contact us at

(530) 541-4660 x685 or via email - 


Introducing Horizons

Our quarterly newsletter and your connection to ADVANCE

Issue 1 April 2017


What's New
(Noticias nuevas)


Learn, Earn, Grow

ADVANCE is partnering with local workforce development specialists from Alpine County, El Dorado County and JOIN Inc. Northern Nevada, to launch our Learn, Earn, Grow Sessions. Sessions will introduce participants to programs and services available in the community that are designed to assist and support individuals in furthering educational and career goals. If you would like to earn your high school equivalency certificate, sign up for workforce readiness programs, participate in supported employment and/or on-the-job training, or simply learn more about the opportunities available, please join us at one of the upcoming events.

Sessions are offered at LTCC on the  2nd Wednesday of each month from 10am-1pm, in the Aspen Room (L103) and at the South Lake Tahoe Public Library on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 5pm. To learn more about a shared info session, or to reserve a space for an upcoming session, contact Alexis Foley, (530) 541-4660 x192.

Thinking about the GED?

Did you know you can now test to earn your High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate right here at LTCC?  Your HSE is what you earn when you successfully pass the GED test.  Here at LTCC, we use the TASC test instead of the GED brand of test.  TASC is roughly half the cost of the GED, is available on a twice monthly testing schedule, and is available for testing in English or in Spanish.  To learn more about TASC or to register for testing, contact Nicole Paulley-Davenport, (530) 541-4660 x189, or visit

Culinary Academy Boot Camp

Hosted at Lake Tahoe Community College, ADVANCE's Culinary Boot Camp provides aspiring chefs with the skills that they need to set out in the culinary industry. Our forty-hour course covers knife skills, butchery and baking, kitchen organization and terminology, sanitation and safety, and much more. We work closely with regional industry leaders to connect participants with apprenticeships, work experience opportunities, and local jobs. This program is recognized by a wide range of South Shore restaurants and kitchens, and is the perfect way to get on track for a rewarding and fast-paced career in the field. To learn more about the Boot Camp or to register for one of the upcoming sessions, contact Josh Sweigert, (530) 541-4660 x672.

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ADVANCE - Our Backstory

The Lake Tahoe Adult Education Consortium adopted the name ADVANCE to better describe the purpose driving the network of community partners, programs and services in the community.  Key outcomes include providing personalized, contextualized and rigorous learning experiences to improve career and college readiness for all learners; improving English language skills; offering a pathway to a high school credential for adults who left school prior to completion; providing access to, and support during, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities; and creating a hospitality, tourism, recreation and retail career pathway that not only improves participants' basic skills, but also allows for gaining and improving employment and earnings. 

Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) serves as the ADVANCE hub and is responsible for ensuring integrated, consistent, and high-quality services. Lake Tahoe Unified School District, El Dorado County Office of Education, and the Alpine County Unified School District are also consortium governing members.  Network partners include a wide range of community, state and local government entities along with private industry and business members in California and Nevada.  A list of active participants is available below.





Work Groups

Purpose: Fulfill the LTAEC/ADVANCE promise of a ʺno wrong doorʺ approach to adult learning and career pathways by connecting adult learners to the right program, at the right time, to achieve their individual goals. Additionally, provide guidance to adult learners to find the right tools for continuous improvement and advancement towards individual learning outcomes.

November 2, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

October 5, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

September 7, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

August 3, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

July 7, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

June 1, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

May 4, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

April 6, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes

March 2, 2016 A&T Meeting Notes


LTCC's partners in the LTAEC

California Conservation Corps
Alta Regional Center
JOIN, Inc.
El Dorado County Office of Education
El Dorado County Mental Health
El Dorado County Jail
Department of Rehabilitation
El Dorado County Office of Education
Tahoe Beach Retreat
El Dorado County Health and Human Services
El Dorado County Probation
South Tahoe High
Sierra at Tahoe, HR
Caesar's Recruitment Specialist
Barton Hospital
EDC Connections, Job One
City of South Lake Tahoe - Recreation
Alpine County Unified School District
Sheriff/ County Jail
HighBar Global
Connections - Job One, South Lake Tahoe
Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe

Family Resource Center
Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board
El Dorado County Library

Riva Grill                                                                                                          Tahoe Prosperity Center