Junior Colleges in Wyoming May Soon Offer 4 Year Degrees

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CASPER, Wyo. The biggest misconception about senate file 111 is that students would be able to receive bachelors degrees at two years colleges which is not entirely correct.

A bachelor of applied science is specifically for vocational programs.

“That they can continue on so that they can advance their skills and leadership so that they could go from being let's say somebody in a shop or a small facility and then becoming like floor manager or regional manager.” Said Brad Tyndall, the President of Central Wyoming College.

Under the bill, students would complete their two-year associate's degree and continue their vocational program for another two years to receive their bachelors of applied science.

“This is not us wanting to be universities at all, in fact, it wouldn't, theos wouldn't work I don't think we’d ever have the numbers to have a philosophy degree or a sociology degree. I just can't imagine that that could even possibly work.”

At this time, Casper College is a branch of UW where they offer four-year programs.

UW Admissions staff try to make it easy for students at two-year schools to transfer over.

“This sort of model that we have in Casper can be extended across the state uh uh with some of the other community colleges.” Said Chad Baldwin, the University of Wyoming Director of Institutional Communications. “Our concern is that some of this legislation would you know open the door so that the states lone four-year university would not be a participant in those programs.”

The bill passed its third reading in the Senate and now moves to the house for an introduction.