In recognition of Klamath Community College’s efforts to improve education and student success in rural Oregon, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley presented KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez with an American flag that has flown over the United States Capitol prior to a town hall meeting held on campus at KCC on February 15, 2014.
Noting KCC’s degree partnership program with Oregon State University in agriculture and articulation agreements with school districts in Klamath and Lake Counties, Senator Merkley acknowledged the need for creative methods of providing educational services in rural communities. “We have to think about different ways of offering education that will enable every child in America to pursue their goals and dreams without being afraid of the cost of college,” he said.
The partnerships between KCC and the school districts and KCC and OSU allow students to earn up to 11 credits toward an associate degree in agriculture before leaving high school, then apply all credits earned in KCC’s associate degree program directly to a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from OSU, all without leaving the Klamath Basin.
This seamless approach should significantly reduce the cost of an undergraduate education,” Senator Merkley said. “And eliminating the relocation costs for students by staying in their home communities further reduces the total cost of an undergraduate education.”
The flag will be displayed at KCC. “This is very significant to us and will displayed in a place of honor on campus,” said Dr. Gutierrez.