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Community Colleges Competing For Bachelor's Programs

Parker Knight, flickr
 

Parker Knight, flickr

A new California law will allow some community colleges to start offering four-year bachelor’s degrees. And the schools are already lining up for a chance.

The law allows up to 15 community college districts to take part in a pilot program to start offering four-years degrees. The office that oversees California’s community colleges says so far 36 districts have applied to be part of the program, half of all the districts in the state. The colleges must offer programs not already offered by California State University or the University of California.

The districts that have applied are spread throughout the state. The 15 pilot districts will be chosen based on geography, the ability to establish a rigorous degree program and how well the program would meet unaddressed workforce needs. The selections will be made at the end of January.

Proposed degree programs include biomanufacturing, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, engineering technology, and public safety administration.