The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) National Governing Board is pleased to welcome Mayue Carlson as the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015.
By Chris Tan:
California Community College Districts have shown a strong interest in developing four-year degree programs. Governor Brown recently signed legislation this fall to authorize the system to award bachelor's degrees as part of a limited pilot program. Thirty-six districts, or half of all districts in the system, have submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor's Office to be a part of the initiative.
Authored by Senator Marty Block, Senate Bill 80 will allow up to 15 districts to offer four-year degrees in a field of study not offered by the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC). Proposed programs are in fields such as airframe manufacturing technology, biomanufacturing, respiratory therapy, and dental hygiene. The initiative will provide more opportunities for Californians to earn a baccalaureate degree and become more competitive in the job market. A bachelor's degree is estimated to cost a total of $10,000 under the new program.
“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”
The four-year degree programs must be up and running by at least the 2017-18 academic year, but could start as early as Fall 2015.
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