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September 17, 2021

WGU Joins Colorado Community College System’s Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program

Nonprofit university becomes only partner university offering fully online degree programs

DENVER – Western Governors University announced it has joined the Colorado Community College System’s Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program—helping ensure graduates of the state’s community colleges have a clear transfer pathway to a high-quality, accredited university. WGU is the only partner university offering 100% online degree programs.

The CCCS created the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program for first-time community college students with no previous postsecondary experience. Students who opt to participate and go on to earn an associate degree are guaranteed admission into a partner four-year college or university of their choosing. WGU joins 11 other, Colorado-based schools in partnership with the CCCS.

“We know nearly three out of four jobs in Colorado require education after high school, and many of those demand a bachelor’s degree,” said Joe Garcia, chancellor of CCCS. “Our state’s community colleges provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to launch and succeed in their chosen career fields. Then, our Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree partners provide a seamless transition to in-demand bachelor’s degree programs. Because its model is innovative and will suit the needs of many Colorado students, I’m proud to count WGU among our outstanding partner colleges and universities.”

Founded by former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and 18 other U.S. governors in 1997, WGU offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, IT, teaching, and healthcare, including nursing. The university’s online, competency-based model allows students to study and learn whenever and wherever it is convenient and at a pace that fits their lifestyles. Across Colorado, more than 2,500 individuals are currently enrolled at WGU, while nearly 5,500 have already earned degrees from the online university.

“Earning a bachelor’s degree after graduating from a community college opens up so many options for career success,” said Corey Edwards, director of WGU’s Northwest Region. “That said, the traditional learning model isn’t ideal for many of today’s learners—including working adults and rural students. WGU is excited to become a Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree partner university and provide a flexible, online option to help more people reach their full potential.”

To learn more about WGU and what distinguishes it from its other, Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree partners, visit

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About CCCS

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education and workforce development, delivering thousands of programs to over 125,000 students annually through 13 colleges and over 35 locations across Colorado. The System’s open-access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Join us in changing the way Colorado goes to college

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