Although students at CCCS institutions, including Front Range Community College, were previously able to transition to CSU in Mechanical Engineering, there was no explicitly defined mechanism for doing so that applied across the entire system of community colleges. As a result, some students came to CSU with a lack of the prerequisites needed to get started in the program. Now, students who successfully complete their associate degree in engineering at a community college can transfer directly to CSU and rest assured that they are on track for their bachelor’s degree upon arrival.
“Our new transfer agreement with our community college partners is a wonderful example of how our land granting institution works to provide access to as many degree paths as possible to as many students as possible,” McConnell said. “We are proud to continue our close partnership with the community college system to help more students pursue graduate studies by removing bureaucratic barriers to their success.
Garcia added, “We are delighted to partner with CSU on this new degree pathway for our students. As the largest and most diverse higher education system in the state, our mission is to prepare students for the job market as well as provide transfer opportunities for further education. This system-wide partnership will provide our students with a clear path to a Mechanical Engineering degree from one of the top institutions in the state.
The statewide transfer agreement has been in the works for several years. CCCS and CSU professors are already considering additional degrees so that more students from other disciplines can benefit from similar arrangements.
The signing event was hosted by Woodward Inc., a Fort Collins-based company that specializes in manufacturing energy control systems for the aerospace and industrial markets. Woodward is recruiting significant engineering talent from CSU. Doug Salter, CTO at Woodward, said, “Woodward congratulates CSU and the community colleges for creating this partnership. We are excited about the diverse engineering talent in Colorado that this program will reach, and we look forward to these future Colorado engineers helping pave the way for a cleaner, more carbon-free world. ”