1st-Time Community College Students Offered A Guaranteed In At Many Colorado Universities

This fall, first-time college students in Colorado will have a cheaper way to get a four-year degree. The new Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program allows those students at Colorado’s 13 community colleges to be conditionally admitted to a participating four-year college once they complete their two-year degree.

“In Colorado, our graduation rates are not what they should be,” said Joe Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System.

About 80 percent of students who start at a community college say they want to go on and get a four-year degree, he said. Only about 20 percent actually do. That’s about 19,000 CCCS students transferring to a four-year college or university each year. Some get frustrated when they find out some of their credits won’t transfer. Thousands more drop out to enter the workforce.

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