Jan 20, 2015 3:24 PM by News Staff
The chancellor of California's vast community college system has picked 15 schools that he thinks should be authorized to offer bachelor's degrees for the first time.
Chancellor Brice Harris presented the list of selected colleges, which included Shasta and Feather River colleges, to the system's Board of Governors on Tuesday in Sacramento. The board is scheduled to take a preliminary vote on the proposal and then final approval in March.
Until now, the state's 112 community colleges have offered only 2-year degrees. But a bill authored by Democratic State Sen. Marty Block last year established a seven-year pilot program that allows a maximum of 15 college districts to offer a single 4-year degree each in subjects not currently offered by the University of California or California State University systems.
Harris' recommendations include degrees in emergency services, dental hygiene, automotive technology and mortuary science. The degree offered by Shasta would be in Health Information Management and the Feather River would offer a degree in Equine Industry. Butte College did not submit an application to be chosen as one of the 15 schools authorized to offer a four-year degree.
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