CDCR staff offered special opportunity to earn associate degrees online

The Office of Training and Professional Development (OTPD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) that will provide a low-cost, online opportunity for  CDCR staff to obtain associate degrees in criminal justice and administration of justice.

The partnership will allow CDCR staff from all over the state to enroll at LTCC and take advantage of online course offerings from 24 various California community colleges, without the worry of transferable equivalencies or separate enrollments.  The partnership was made possible by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Online Education Initiative.

“With Secretary Kernan’s full support, one of the primary goals of the Department is to expand the educational opportunities for CDCR staff,” said Associate Director Stacy Lopez. “This educational opportunity opens the door for professional growth and increases potential for promotions.”

The Online Education Initiative recognizes the need to provide low cost, online educational opportunities which address the unique needs of working Californians, including CDCR staff.  Currently, the per unit tuition rate for California residents is set at $31 per quarter unit (LTCC) or $46 per semester unit.

“This partnership is a great example of two taxpayer funded systems creatively supporting each other,” said Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the CCC Online Education Initiative. “The goal of the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative is to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses. Here is one non-traditional method for our colleagues in CDCR to achieve the access they need, when they need it, and where they need it.”

For more information

LTCC designed a webpage  ( for CDCR staff which will answer questions and provide admissions information.  General admissions information can also be found at  Criminal Justice courses are available for the Spring 2017 quarter, including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Introduction to Evidence, and Juvenile Law and Procedures. Here is a link to an FAQ:

“We want you to consider LTCC to be your home college,” added Dr. Brad Deeds, Dean of Workforce Development and Instruction at LTCC.  “Our courses are taught by highly skilled, student-focused faculty with extensive experience in the field of criminal justice.”


12 Responses

  1. Jeannette A Saturday, July 1, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I just finished my 1st semester. Thank you for this opportunity!

  2. Erin Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I was a prior resident in South Lake Tahoe and attended LTCC. I can tell you they have a wonderful staff that teach the CRJ classes! I graduated with three AA’s, because I loved the topics and teachers. I was also able to start employment with the SLT PD while in school, thanks to the opportunities that were offered. Its a great place!

  3. Gino Ortiz Thursday, April 13, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    This is exactly the kind of thing the state should be doing for its workers. This is going to help me out so much, I can’t even express how happy it makes me. Kudos to any and every one who made this possible. Education is the most important thing in a person’s career.

    • LIZ GILLESPIE Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      I 100% AGREE!

  4. J.Bowie Monday, April 10, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    How do we get more information regarding this matter? A lot of people here at my institution are interested in the program.

  5. Gamaliel Hutabarat Monday, April 10, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I need more info about this opportunity, thanks.

  6. Monday, April 10, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    My manager, Lanesha Perry, alway encourges her staff to upgrade themselves. She will be excited to see this!

  7. DKG MSS1 Monday, April 10, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I was just thinking about continuing my education a few days ago. I will definitely check into this.

  8. Lorri S Monday, April 10, 2017 / 9:26 am

    That is wonderful for the Custody staff, but what about all the other people who work at CDCR and want to go back to school?

    • Bill Tuesday, April 11, 2017 / 3:29 pm

      The offer is for custody and non-custody staff. – The Editor

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