Posted at 6 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017
LCCC gained seven new degrees and certificates
Students at Laramie County Community College may have the opportunity to major in several new programs in the near future.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the LCCC Board of Trustees approved four new programs, three new certificates and three new program concentrations.
“I will have to carry the requests for the programs and certificates forward to the academic affairs council and we will be reviewing those Feb. 7,” Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Terry Harper said. “After the requests go through the Academic Affairs Council, we send them to a sub-committee of the Wyoming Community College Commission. Then they move it forward to the executive council where they will review the requests at the tail-end of April. If the requests are approved, then the four new programs and three new certificates will be added to the programs offered at LCCC.” Harper added that the three concentrations do not require approval from the WCCC.
The four new associate degree options include an Associate of Applied Science in building technologies, an Associate of Applied Science in speech-language pathology assistant, an Associate of Applied Science in technical agriculture operations and an Associate of Arts in theater.
“The Associate of Applied Science in technical agriculture operations will be the only program of its kind in the state out of all the community colleges,” Harper said. “As well as the Associate of Applied Science in building technologies and the Associate of speech-language pathology assistant.”
There is a high demand for these programs at LCCC and many local professionals have requested that the college look into adding these programs.
“This is being asked for by the folks that will hire the students that receive these degrees,” Harper said. “Or have indicated that even if this is a transfer program where students will have to attend a four-year school, this is a growing area that we need to focus on.”
When filling out the Wyoming Community College Commission Request for a New, Pilot or Revised Degree or Certificate form, there are several criteria the college must meet in order to start and sustain a program.
“We need to hire an instructor to teach the AAS speech-language pathology assistant program,” Harper said. “On the other hand, for the AAS technical agriculture operations program we won’t have to hire an instructor or any other resources because we already have the resources we need to teach that program.”
Harper said that she and the rest of the Academic Affairs Council are hoping to have the new programs and certificates approved and started by fall 2017.