2 San Diego comm. colleges selected as pilot sites to offer bachelor’s degrees

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15 Calif. Community Colleges Being Selected To Offer 4-Year Degrees.

Under legislation signed last fall by Gov. SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Several Southland community colleges will likely be among those to be picked Tuesday for a pilot program that would allow them to offer 4-year degrees.Santa Ana College and Cypress College were named to a list of 15 community colleges statewide that can offer four-year college degrees, according to the California Community Colleges chancellor’s office. Jerry Brown, the system’s governing board on Tuesday tentatively approved four-year degree programs at 15 community college campuses that will be introduced over the next three academic years. Changing technology and educational expectations have driven employers in fields such as dental hygiene, respiratory therapy and automotive technology – which once required only two-year associate degrees – to seek workers with a baccalaureate.

Bill Husa — Enterprise-Record Two schools north of Sacramento were included: Shasta College in Redding will offer a degree in health information management, and Feather River College in Quincy will have a degree on the equine industry. Advocates of community college bachelor’s degrees, which already are in place in 21 other states, have pushed for their introduction in California to close a potential 1 million degree shortage in the state workforce by 2025. The chancellor’s office said a bachelor’s degree may be obtainable for about $10,000 under the new programs and noted the California economy’s need for 1 million more four-year graduates by 2025. Butte College had proposed a Bachelor of Arts degree in product process technology, which combines welding, fabrication, computer science, drafting and agriculture. Senate Bill 850 allowed for up to 15 pilot degrees in majors not offered by the University of California or California State University, with the aim of meeting demand for highly-trained workers in technical fields.

Despite the financial benefits of pursuing a degree from community college – which is frequently far less expensive than a traditional four-year school – some students at Santa Monica College were skeptical of the proposal. “It’s a big risk because I don’t know how people are going to react getting a community college stamp on their degree, there’s a like a social type of thing there,” said one student. “But I think if it’s cheaper, a lot of people are gonna go for it.” Marty Block, D-San Diego, who authored SB 850, said at a press conference following the vote. “California should never be behind the curve, and now we are no longer behind the curve.” A committee selected the 15 college programs from among “34 tremendously-done proposals,” Harris said, considering labor market needs and the ability of colleges to deliver on their applications, as well as geographic, institutional and subject diversity. Dianne Van Hook said. “Each new degree will give students a unique opportunity to obtain in-demand skills that lead to well-paying careers in fast-growing industries,” Dr. Emergency services, dental hygiene, automotive technology, respiratory care and mortuary science are some of the degrees the participating community colleges plan to offer.

Board member Thomas Epstein praised the rapid turnaround on applications that were first solicited in November: “It’s rare that something this important gets done this quickly by government.” California’s move comes as its higher education institutions are recovering from several years of deep budget cuts that limited enrollment and course offerings, making it harder for students to complete their studies.

Block said the program will help more students prepare for jobs without having to take out loans and give employers a more qualified workforce to draw from. The proposed program meets the need in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in the major processes of manufacturing the structural components of an aircraft for civilian and military specifications. Engineers apply their knowledge of mathematics and science to develop ways to economically utilize natural resources for the benefit of mankind through a wide spectrum of activities including the conception, design, development and formulation of new systems and products.

Technologists are typically graduates of baccalaureate-level programs that emphasize the application of scientific and technical knowledge; they participate in activities surrounding applied design, manufacturing, product assurance, sales and project management. Technicians work with equipment, assembling, repairing and testing devices or systems based on technical skills rather than scientific knowledge used in the original design. This program is designed to respond to both existing and emerging workforce needs in an evolving healthcare system that is faced with challenges such as caring for an aging population, the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and outbreaks of potentially deadly diseases such as Ebola.

Students with backgrounds as emergency medical technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nurses, radiologic technicians, and others will learn to solve complex problems across the healthcare industry. This degree has been endorsed by industry and educational partners, responds to an identified priority sector as established by the State Chancellor’s Office, and is sustainable.

The Program would be unique to California since currently there are no other colleges or universities that offer this type of degree in the Western United States. This program fills a need in California’s $42.6 million agriculture industry, which creates more than 1,400 ranching and animal science related positions each year. New entrants seeking careers on ranches or related occupations are expected to have the academic training, deep-seated soft skills and the practical “horse sense” to make complicated management decisions. The first two years of the baccalaureate dental hygiene degree will be the general education courses required for the major and the supporting science and social science courses, which include: English, math, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, health, psychology, sociology, communication and humanities for a total of 86 quarter units for the first two years of the program. Students will create a comprehensive a-portfolio over the junior and senior year of the dental hygiene program, documenting their projects, research papers, patient competencies, community service and professional development.

The proposed baccalaureate degree program in biomanufacturing will prepare students for employment in the manufacturing sector of the biotechnology industry, which includes biotherapeutics, diagnostics, supplies and services, and industrial products. Biomanufacturing leverages the understanding of biology to manufacture products or perform services that impact health, agriculture, the environment, and industrial needs. Through a transformation of scale, process control, and compliance, the science of biomanufacturing lives across the product and process lifecycle within a quality management system.

The students completing this section will receive an Associate of Science degree and be able to enter the workforce as licensed respiratory care practitioners. Our current program—which is well aligned with the automotive industry both regionally and nationally—provides a solid foundation for the development of the new bachelor’s program. Successful candidates for employment within organizations requiring a baccalaureate degree in this field need high level Automotive Technology skills and knowledge. Graduates need to be technically competent and possess strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, work in teams, and pursue continued professional development. Students will receive training in various business, management and technical courses such as Managerial Accounting, Leadership, Marketing, Advanced Vehicle Systems Design and Performance.

Occupational Therapy Education, consisting of Occupational Therapist (OT) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Currently, ACOTE is considering an elevation of the requirement for the entry level of OT from a Master’s degree to a Doctorate, with a recommended start date of 2025.

Since then, technology and design are converging like never before with the proliferation of innovations such as e-commerce, mobile apps, smartphones, medical devices, wearable technology, connected appliances, and self- driving cars. A minimum of 17 units of upper division major course work will build upon the 52 units of lower division major course work and will include employer identified skills and abilities in the areas of cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, respiratory disease management, health education, leadership and management, and research principles.

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