KCC, Local School Districts to Partner
A new partnership between Klamath Community College and the Klamath County School District and Lake County School District No. 7 will offer students the opportunity to earn college credits in agriculture while still in high school, then enroll in KCC’s Agriculture Science program with some work toward their degree already completed.
Through another new partnership between KCC and Oregon State University, students will also be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences without leaving the Klamath Basin.
“We have articulated our ag program with the K-12 programs so that students can enter KCC having already completed 11 credits toward their associate degree in agriculture,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “That, in conjunction with our new partnership with OSU will allow students to transition seamlessly from high school to KCC, earn their associate degree, then advance to OSU to earn a bachelor’s degree, all without leaving Southern Oregon.”
KCC also recently announced the development of an on-campus farm that will aid instruction in agriculture and other programs.
“This is another example of the continuing cooperation between KCC and the Klamath County School District,” said KCSD Superintendent Greg Thede. “We have very strong ag programs at multiple high schools, and this is an excellent opportunity for those students to transition from high school to KCC, then onto OSU without having to leave the Klamath Basin.”
Through the agreement, high school students will be able to earn college credits for courses in advanced animal science, plant science, agriculture leadership and communications and agriculture mechanics.
“The opportunity to access locally a two and/or four year degree program in agriculture for our students and community in Lakeview is significant as we find innovative ways to meet the 40/40/20 goals set by the State of Oregon,” said LCSD#7 Superintendent Sean Gallagher. “This agreement will also enable future growth in other subject areas as our local school district further develops the Western Regional Innovation and Learning Center in partnership with KCC and other Oregon University System organizations.”
Representatives from both school districts will be at KCC for a signing ceremony at 10:00 a.m. March 29. That ceremony will also include the signing of the agreement between KCC and OSU.