KLAMATH FALLS – Another program that allows Klamath Community College students to learn, live and work in Klamath Falls is under way.
KCC Education Program Lead Peggy Noble-Blofsky said 12 students are participating in the program, which allows students registered at Southern Oregon University to complete a bachelor’s of science in elementary education at Klamath Community College.
Students first complete KCC’s Paraeducator Pathway to SOU Emphasis AAS, before spending two years fulfilling SOU junior and senior class requirements. The seamless transition from KCC to SOU allows students to complete a bachelor’s program without losing any course credit.
After the bachelor’s credit requirements are fulfilled, students gain real-world experience as student teachers in Klamath Falls.
This KCC-SOU collaboration provides a clear pathway for students in the Klamath Falls area to earn a bachelor’s degree and provides options for earning a teaching license and/or a minor in early childhood development.
“Allowing students to complete a bachelor’s degree while staying in Klamath Falls reduces costs, makes college more affordable and makes higher education accessible to students from all backgrounds,” said KCC President Roberto Gutierrez.
Klamath County School District Superintendent Greg Thede noted that Klamath County is currently facing teaching shortages because several teaching positions have been added to county schools while at the same time, a number of teachers have resigned or retired.
According to KCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Jamie Jennings, the program is intended to create a pipeline to fill the local teacher shortage.
“Students don’t have to leave Klamath Falls to be able to complete this degree,” Jennings said. “It’s going to build a good, solid base of teachers. Their roots will be here − that’s the end goal.”
For more information about the program, contact KCC Education Program Lead Peggy Noble-Blofsky at 541-880-2336.
Klamath Community College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.