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.

Read more at Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1evQJbp

Read or Share this story: http://www.9news.com/story/money/business/2014/03/03/1922470/