Agreement will allow for smoother transfer from community college to state universities—saving students money and diversifying the engineering workforce.
Front Range Community College has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to become the first community college in Colorado to offer a two-year Associate of Engineering Science (AES) degree.
This degree provides a clear pathway for community college students to complete the first two years of coursework needed for a bachelor’s degree in engineering—at a significantly lower cost. Students can then seamlessly transfer to a university in Colorado for their junior and senior years.
The new degree option is expected to open doors for students of color, as well as low-income and first-generation college students.
“I think this is an incredible step toward making higher education in STEM more accessible to a wider cross section of the American population,” said FRCC engineering student Ryan Tepper.
“In a country where students are racking up an astronomical amount of debt—and where an engineering degree is a first-class ticket to a middle-class lifestyle—I think it’s incredible that we are creating more pathways for more students from more walks of life to get into these careers.”
FRCC’s new degree is the first of its kind in the state of Colorado. The engineering associate degree will transfer to the engineering schools at the following universities:
- Colorado School of Mines
- Colorado State University (Fort Collins)
- The University of Colorado (Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs)—articulation agreement coming soon.