DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation into law that allows Colorado community colleges to grant four-year applied-science degrees in career and technical fields, from dental hygiene and culinary arts to water-quality management.
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) had sought the measure as a way to serve career-minded students unable to take advantage of degree programs at four-year colleges, because of cost, time, family and work demands or other factors.
Senate Bill 4, which Hickenlooper signed Thursday, allows community colleges to offer four-year bachelor of applied science BAS degrees. It was co-sponsored by Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, and Reps. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, and Jenise May, D-Aurora.
"Many specialized technical jobs increasingly require bachelor degrees for career advancement. However, most career and technical courses are not offered at and/or do not transfer to four-year institutions," CCCS said in a statement.
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