A new agreement between Pueblo Community College and Fort Lewis College could save transfer students time and money on their degrees.
The two schools designed maps for PCC students in 18 different degree programs to help ensure students interested in transferring to Fort Lewis College are not taking unnecessary classes, said Todd Ecklund, PCC’s chief academic officer.
“It gives them the exact connection degree-to-degree to Fort Lewis,” he said.
About 10 students a year transfer from PCC to Fort Lewis College, he said.
The two schools finalized new maps this week for degree programs, such as biology, business, early childhood education, economics, environmental studies, math, physics and public health.
The two schools expect to add more paths soon for degrees in computer information systems and tourism and hospitality management.
The paths are available to incoming freshmen and current students, Ecklund said.
Earning an associate’s degree at PCC before transferring to Fort Lewis College can save students a significant amount of money on tuition, he said.
At Fort Lewis College, annual tuition and fees total $8,872 per year for in-state students. At PCC, tuition is about $4,000, Ecklund said.
Fort Lewis College guarantees admission to PCC students through an agreement reached in 2013, according to a news release.
PCC operates a branch in Mancos, a site in Durango and a site in Bayfield.