If you didn’t already know, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave approval in January of 2015 to 15 colleges to start developing their own bachelor’s degree programs in several unique fields of study. Which means that students will now have the opportunity to receive high-quality education in majors that are not offered by the University of California or California State University at much more affordable rates. The aim for these programs is to meet the demand for highly trained workers in technical fields such as dental hygiene, respiratory care, and automotive technology – which at one point only required two-year associate degrees, but now employers prefer and seek workers with a higher education.
The 15 community colleges that were approved for this pilot program are widely spread geographically across California and cover a wide range of rising technical fields. These colleges and their programs are:
- Antelope Valley College: Airframe Manufacturing Technology
- Bakersfield College: Industrial Automation
- Crafton Hills College: Emergency Services and Allied Health Systems
- Cypress College: Mortuary Science
- Feather River College: Equine Industry
- Foothill College & West Los Angeles College: Dental Hygiene
- MiraCosta College: Bio-manufacturing
- Modesto Junior College & Skyline College: Respiratory Care
- Rio Hondo College: Automotive Technology
- San Diego Mesa College & Shasta College: Health Information Management
- Santa Ana College: Occupational Studies
- Santa Monica College: Interaction Design
With this new program lower division coursework would cost $46 and upper-division coursework would cost about $84, making it an estimated total cost of $10,000 to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
This legislation will continue up to the 2022-23 school year, after which the Legislature and governor may decide to renew or not. Therefore, if there’s any program that may interest you, make sure to get informed as soon as possible to start your journey on receiving your Bachelor’s Degree!
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