The April 4 signing of a memorandum of understanding between Metro
State, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Front Range
Community College (FRCC) and Community College of Aurora (CCA)
formalizing the 2+2 Program was termed a “watershed moment for higher
education in Colorado” by CCA President Linda Bowman.
joined Metro State President Stephen Jordan, CCCS President Nancy
McCallin and FRCC President Karen Reinertson at the signing ceremony,
which was held on the FRCC Westminster Campus.
The 2+2 Program allows community college students to earn an
associate’s degree and then complete a Metro State bachelor’s degree in
selected programs, while physically remaining at their community
Jordan, who said that the partnership was an historic event for
Colorado higher education, emphasized that the program will give the
institutions a chance to expand upon the important work they’re already
doing: educating--and graduating-- students of color in Colorado.
“Metro State enrolls more students of color than any other
baccalaureate school in the state, with a quarter of the state’s
baccalaureate students of color. And Front Range and Community College
of Aurora combined educate nearly a quarter of the state’s community
college students of color," Jordan said.
"Many of these students are working and raising families while
trying to earn their degree; a significant number lacking a family
history of experience with college. Our goal with the 2+2 program is to
eliminate some of the barriers these students face," he continued.
Jordan added that he hopes to ultimately have 2+2 Programs in place at all the community colleges across Colorado.
introduced Cheryl Barnes, chair of FRCC’s Department of Business and
one of her students Frank DeDominicis. A first-year business student,
DeDominicis said he will probably use the 2+2 Program to earn a
bachelor’s degree in marketing from Metro State. DeDominicis has not
attended college for 37 years and said he is finding the experience and
opportunity incredible. Barnes added that she has found many of her
business students to be very interested in the 2+2 Program. “The
interest is there and we can help them when they’re just starting on
their education path,” she said.
Metro State’s marketing and management degree programs are currently
offered at FRCC. Degree programs in psychology and biology will begin
at CCA in fall 2008.
For more information go to www.mscd.edu/twoplustwo.
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