Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College graduates attend commencement. The college is pursuing a four-year-offering, the Bachelor of Applied Science.

Teton County students looking for in-state tuition have long had to move to Laramie to pursue a four-year degree, but that may not be the case for much longer.

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees has started the process to create a Bachelor of Applied Science program, the school announced late Wednesday night. Bachelor of Applied Science programs offer specialized four-year degrees that focus on skills necessary for the workforce, with less of an emphasis on general education classes.

“These offerings allow students to continue their education beyond the associate’s level at an affordable price while staying in their home communities,” Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer Louisa Hunkerstorm wrote in a memo to CWC President Brad Tyndall.

As opposed to a bachelor’s degree, which requires students to take classes in a variety of technical science courses, Bachelor of Applied Science degrees offer coursework in math, accounting, computer science, business law and employee relations, TheClassroom.com said. Students with associate’s degrees or workforce experience generally enter the programs to advance in their particular field.

Board approval is the first step the college must take in creating a new degree program. It must now seek approval from the Wyoming Community College Commission and the Higher Learning Commission.

“Combined with CWC’s internal approval process, these detailed approvals will ensure that any programs will fit within CWC’s mission and board ends, serve Wyoming state goals, meet standards of academic quality and rigor, and serve students well,” Hunkerstorm said in a statement.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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