In a special meeting on Aug. 28, the Wyoming Community College Commission unanimously approved a motion for Laramie County Community College to begin the approval process to offer two applied baccalaureate programs.
LCCC submitted the request to begin the approval process for two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees:
- Applied Management
- Healthcare Administration
The opportunity for LCCC to offer applied bachelor’s degrees began with approval by the Wyoming Legislature during the 2019 session. A resolutionpassed by the LCCC Board of Trustees allowed the college to move forward with seeking authorization to begin the approval processes. The recent WCCC meeting authorized LCCC to continue with the approval process through HLC.
In a presentation to the WCCC, Schaffer said: “The need to raise educational attainment of individuals in LCCC’s service area—specifically at the bachelor’s degree level—is well-documented and well-supported. Doing so will be essential for the region’s and the state’s future economic and social prosperity.”
Generally more career-oriented with less focus less on the general education requirements, these programs emphasize applied knowledge rather than theory and are intended to allow students to complete coursework quickly by utilizing previously completed vocational and technical education or training.
“These degrees will serve as a pathway for our students to obtain an advanced degree, providing them with many more career opportunities,” Jeff Shmidl, interim program director for business and finance at LCCC, said. “It’s exciting to see how the whole campus has engaged in this initiative to ensure these programs are of high quality as they meet the academic needs and expectations of a baccalaureate student.”