Lower Columbia College is announcing the availability for a “fast-track” transfer degree for students who are looking to move onto four-year colleges and universities. Starting this fall, LCC will be offering a one-year degree program, giving highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete 90 credits in four quarters, rather than the traditional six-quarter timeframe. LCC officials call the program the “AA Transfer Express” program, and it’s said to be the first of its type in Washington state. They’re planning to run a pilot program with a cohort of 25 students, and upon completion, the students will graduate with a Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degree, which can transfer to any public college or university in the state, along with many private schools. LCC Vice President of Instruction Laura Brener says that students selected for the program will need to commit full-time to college studies, and will also be required to attend mandatory study sessions, with supplemental instruction and tutoring from college staff. Bremer says that they developed this program as a proactive way to help students who are choosing a faster completion route. Students who are interested in the AA Transfer Express pilot program should call the LCC Entry Center at 442-2311.