KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Today the presidents of Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) and Klamath Community College (KCC) strengthened their institutional partnership by signing an agreement to promote college access, affordability, and bachelor’s degree completion for Air Force personnel enrolled through Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) at KCC.
Oregon Tech President Dr. Nagi Naganathan and KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the newly formed Base to Bachelor’s (B2B) program. This new partnership between Oregon Tech and KCC is designed to promote college access, affordability, and bachelor’s degree completion for Airmen seeking their CCAF degree. CCAF is a regionally-accredited, federally-chartered academic institution that serves the United States Air Force and Space Force’s enlisted total force. Students who are enrolled in CCAF or have earned a CCAF degree can leverage their college credits to complete a General Studies degree from KCC and transfer credits to Oregon Tech, with no loss of credit, to earn a bachelor’s degree in Technology and Management in as little as two years at the Klamath Falls or Portland-Metro campus, or fully online.
“While there has always been activity and coordination between our two institutions, we continue to look for ways to elevate the beneficial impact on our community – in this case it would mobilize more student transfers and create more success pathways for them,” said Dr. Naganathan. “The staff and faculty at Oregon Tech and KCC took that charge and made it a reality, and I am proud that their efforts are now advancing an initiative to help achieve greater outreach to military-affiliated programs. I also look forward to air personnel at Kingsley Field who are enrolled in Community College of the Air Force using this program to better their educational opportunities without having to leave Klamath County.”