KLAMATH FALLS - Starting this fall, men and women enlisted in the U.S. Air Force can take aim at a bachelor’s of applied science in business administration.
This “Base to Bachelor’s” opportunity for active duty airmen is a collaboration between Klamath Community College and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. 2016 is the first year this partnership-based program is being offered.
"It's an honor that KCC is able to assist our men and women in uniform in reaching their education and career goals," said KCC President Roberto Gutierrez. “The online, distance learning provided by this new collaboration makes higher education more accessible for those serving our country in Klamath Falls and beyond.”
Since 2013, KCC has supported the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), which enables airmen to complete 15 general education credits that are required to earn a CCAF degree. Airmen can then complete associate’s degrees through KCC by participating in advanced online distance learning courses.
Upper division bachelor’s courses at EOU will also be taught online.
One of the program’s perks is that airmen can complete approved KCC and EOU classes from anywhere in the world, according to KCC Director of Veterans Services Tracy Heap.
“They could be in Okinawa and they could be finishing their bachelor’s at EOU,” he said.
Tech Sgt. Jeff Thompson, a spokesman for the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, said the Base to Bachelor’s program is valuable to airmen because the Air Force is emphasizing the importance of completing post-secondary education.
“A degree helps any airman in the mid-grades who is looking to advance, whether they choose to remain in the service or not,” Thompson said.
EOU anticipates serving about 50 students this year. Those still working on their CCAF requirements can simultaneously be admitted to the Base to Bachelor’s program. Students can transfer to EOU without losing any course credit.
“Our new partnership with KCC helps make the transition from a two-year college to a four-year university smooth and easy,” said EOU Military and Veteran Coordinator Kerry Thompson.
Klamath Community College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.