Learning means doing at FLC

We hold our institutional actions consistent with our approach to education. As such, we hold dear our responsibilities as stewards of the land where we operate, as leaders and innovators in the region, and as partners in creating equitable education.

Learn about what we're doing at FLC through our initiatives and with our educational partners.

Opening doors to college

FLC students walking on campus

FLC participates in federally funded programs for first-generation and low-income middle and high school students.

TRIO Talent Search offers academic and financial aid advising and test prep to middle and high school students. TRIO Upward Bound supports high school students with the school year and summer programs.

HawkTank business plan competition

FLC Business alumni Josh Emerson

HawkTank is a competition open to current FLC students and recent graduates, and the winning team is awarded $5000 to seed their pursuit.

Proposals for any business industry are welcome.

Village Aid Project

FLC students in Myanmar with Village Aid Project

Students and faculty work with communities around the globe to find sustainable solutions to critical engineering problems.

They learn firsthand about real-world issues, discover the richness of other cultures, and use education to build a better world.


In the Four Corners, human endeavor is intimately interwoven with the environment--the landscape, the weather, the beauty of it. As an enduring institution in this place, at FLC, we contribute to responsible stewardship by facing tough issues like water in the West, implementing sustainable campus practices, and cultivating a strong local food system.

Water Center

The Four Corners Water Center offers educational programming on regional issues for students and community members, supports a student-run organization, and connects students with related academic conferences.

Four Corners Water Center


From major infrastructure like solar panels and composters, to details like toilets and light fixtures, to thoughtful planning that includes water-conscious landscaping, we are committed to campus sustainability. In fact, since signing onto the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, we’ve already reduced our carbon emissions by 58%.

Campus sustainability

Local food

The original Fort Lewis campus in Hesperus, Colorado, just 15 miles west of Durango, is now the site of a variety of sustainable agriculture projects and education, including classes and incubator programs for budding farmers.

The Old Fort