FRCC partners with CO School of Mines on new path for college students

LONGMONT, CO (December 12, 2023) by Macie May | Longmont Leader

Front Range Community College and Colorado School of Mines launched a new partnership that will provide FRCC students with a direct pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree at Mines.

The partnership guarantees FRCC students pursuing an Associate in Engineering Science degree guaranteed admission into any four-year degree program at Mines. All relevant coursework will apply toward the student’s Mines degree. 

“This innovative transfer model provides a clear, straightforward path for FRCC students who want to complete a four-year degree at Mines in engineering,” says FRCC Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Rebecca Woulfe, PhD. “It will give more students access to the professional pipeline for careers in STEM fields.” 

Around 48% of FRCC’s student body is made up of first-generation students and 34% is made up of students of color, according to and FRCC news release. The opportunity to transition into Mines helps make engineering fields more inclusive and equitable, the news release states.

“What’s exciting to us about this partnership with Front Range Community College is that it will expand opportunities for students to earn admission to Mines and support them on their path to graduation and a successful launch to their careers”, said Dr. Paul C. Johnson, president of Colorado School of Mines. “This distinctive pathway model supports students and helps them feel confident in their academic readiness and that their courses will seamlessly transfer to Mines. It’s a local partnership with a broad impact.” 

In addition to a smooth transition into Mines, FRCC students will engage with Mines’ student success offices early and often in the process, gain access to Mines’ resources and events, including sporting events, and become part of an engineering community at both schools.

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