California community colleges to begin offering bachelor's degrees

SACRAMENTO - The first 15 California community colleges to ever offer a four-year degree are expected to be announced Tuesday during a meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

The bachelor's degree programs will begin in the fall of 2017 in a pilot project approved unanimously by state legislators last year.

A provision of the law restricts the four-year degrees offered by community colleges to programs not offered by the California State University or University of California systems.

Subject areas must also address unmet workforce needs, resulting in programs that are generally vocational or technical in nature.

Each of the 15 community colleges selected will offer a single baccalaureate program through the 2022-2023 school year.

A study by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that by 2025, 41 percent of all jobs in California will require at least a bachelor's degree, while at the current rate only 35 percent of Californians will have one.

The legislation was authored by State Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, to help close the education gap.

"Right now a lot of very good, high-quality students are just not able to get (into a public university) because the number of slots at the UC and CSU are relatively small," Block said in a telephone conversation Monday. "They are instead not going on to college or are going to some very expensive private for-profit schools."

Just less than half of California's 72 community college districts submitted applications to offer bachelor's degrees.

The Los Rios Community College District, which serves the Sacramento area, was not among them.

"While Los Rios supported the legislation that created this pilot program, we have no immediate plans to apply to create a four-year program at any of our four Los Rios colleges," district spokesman Mitchel Benson wrote in an email. "For the time being, Los Rios is focused on increasing our students' participation in the associate degree for transfer, or ADT, programs to the CSUs."

Following are the 34 colleges that applied and their proposed four-year programs:

1) San Diego Mesa-Health Information Management

2) Foothill-Dental Hygiene

3) Ohlone-Respiratory Care

4) Antelope Valley-Airframe Manufacturing Technology

5) Cypress-Mortuary Science

6) Santa Ana-Occupational Studies

7) Shasta-Health Information Management

8) Skyline-Respiratory Therapy

9) Feather River-Equine Industry

10) Golden West-Community Corrections

11) Cuyamaca-Workplace Safety and Environmental Management

12) Allan Hancock-Applied Technology in Viticulture

13) Modesto-Respiratory Care

14) Saddleback-Sustainable Environmental Design/Sustainable Human Habitat

15) Crafton Hills-Emergency Services & Allied Health Systems

16) Mira Costa- Biomanufacturing

17) Santa Monica-Interaction Design

18) Southwestern-Allied Health Educator

19) Yuba-Manufacturing Processing & Design

20) Bakersfield-Industrial Automation

21) Fresno City-Dental Hygiene

22) Ventura-Technical Supervision and Management

23) Rio Hondo-Automotive Technology

24) College of the Canyons-Network Information Technology

25) Lake Tahoe-Public Safety Administration

26) West Los Angeles-Dental Hygiene

27) Laney College-Sustainable Facilities Management and Operations

28) San Jose -Evergreen-Automotive Technology and Management

29) Glendale-Real Estate Appraisal

30) San Joaquin Delta-Electron Microscopy

31) Solano Community College-Biomanufacturing

32) Hartnell-Agricultural Food Safety-Fresh Produce

33) Napa-Respiratory Therapy

34) Merced-Diagnostic Medical Sonography


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