4-year degree program moves to full House vote

Allowing Colorado Mountain College to offer four-year- degree programs not only would expand higher education in the state, but it also would help local economies.

That, at least, was the argument that persuaded the House Education Committee to approve on a unanimous vote Thursday a bill that would allow the college to tailor bachelor-degree programs to match the communities where it has campuses.

The college now is limited to offering two-year, associate degrees, which range from animal-shelter management to Web design.

Stan Jensen, college president, said it plans to offer bachelor degrees that mirror the business needs of the towns where it has campuses, such as restaurant management in some resort towns or teacher preparation in all towns.

“We are after the students who will not go anywhere else ... but many have indicated they would complete their baccalaureate degree if we offer it in their hometown,” Jensen said. “We’re not stealing anyone’s piece of the (higher education) pie. We’re just trying to increase the size of the pie.”

The college has 11 campuses around the state.


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