Lamar Community College and UCCS announced the beginning of a significant partnership between the two colleges during halftime of a scrimmage between the LCC and UCCS men’s basketball teams Wednesday night.
In the announcement, Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and LCC President John Marrin revealed plans to create “2+2” degree options through the two institutions that will be available on the LCC campus.
The program will allow students to complete four-year bachelor’s degrees without leaving Lamar.
The program will begin immediately with a registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science allied health completion. The bachelor’s degrees will coordinate with LCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing and Associate of Science Course of Study in Sports & Fitness Management.
“We are excited to partner with Lamar Community College to make high-quality, affordable bachelor’s degrees available,” Burnett said. “The citizens of southeastern Colorado benefit when our two schools join together in pursuit of our common goal of increasing participation in higher education.”
Different from other articulation or transfer agreements, UCCS will have a visible presence on the LCC campus with shared academic support services including tutoring, labs, and clinicals. Other shared student support services are possible as is the opportunity to share faculty to enhance student learning.
Plans call for the development of additional four-year programs in key areas such as business, and criminal justice. The two schools hope to have additional programs available by the fall 2011 term.
The colleges have collaborated on a variety of projects in recent years, beginning with a close association between LCC’s Nursing Department and UCCS’s Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.