CMC to offer two new bachelor’s degrees in fall | PostIndependent.com

CMC to offer two new bachelor’s degrees in fall

Will Grandbois
wgrandbois@postindependent.com

Following final approval from the Higher Learning Commission, Colorado Mountain College will offer two new bachelor’s degrees in the fall — bachelor of applied science in leadership and management and bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies: elementary education.

The new degrees join three other bachelor’s degree programs currently offered at the college in business administration, nursing and sustainability studies, as well as more than 100 associate degrees and certificates, and hundreds of non-credit and lifelong learning courses.

“We’re very excited about getting these last bachelor’s degrees out the door,” said Brad Tyndall, vice president of academic affairs. “We think we have the perfect set of five that we could offer. They cover the spectrum of all sorts of needs.”

The new leadership and management program will be offered at Colorado Mountain College locations in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Edwards. Known as a “2+2” degree, it will allow students with an Associate of Applied Science degree in a specific career and technical emphasis to transfer seamlessly into the four-year program.

The elementary education program, offered in Glenwood Springs and Edwards, includes endorsements in both elementary education as well as culturally and linguistically diverse education, and will involve extensive in-classroom training.

“These are programs that are designed to serve our mountain communities,” said CMC President Carrie Hauser. “The more that we can train and reinvest in students that are going to live, stay, work and play here, the better we’re doing our job. There’s nothing better than to be able to grow your own.”

“I give real kudos to our team,” she added. “It’s a huge undertaking. Even adding one bachelor’s program is a big lift. Now that we have five, we want to make sure we deliver them well.”

More information on the new degrees, as well as existing offerings, is available online at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/programs. The CMC Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake will also host an information session on the elementary education program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4.


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