On Jan. 28, Governor Jerry Brown gave the green light on allowing a pilot program selecting 15 community colleges around California to offer a four-year degree for three areas of education: health, science and technology.
Fifteen colleges selected will be those close to the more populated areas in the state.
As of now, it doesn’t appear Delta College will be one of those locations.
State Senator Marty Block introduced the bill, explaining it has become more difficult for students to be accepted into four-year institutions.
“In San Diego it’s difficult to get a four-year public bachelor’s degree because San Diego State is so impacted, UCSD is also impacted,” Block said to KPBS San Diego. “So it occurred to me, why not let San Diego City College, Mesa College, all of the other good colleges in San Diego and the state offer this four-year degree.”
The three areas impacted by employees with a bachelor’s degrees or higher.
The current state of the economy hasn’t enabled students to afford the payments to attend a university, whether it be tuition, housing or moving across country.
This has left scholars with an associate’s degree as their only opportunity.
As this law is beginning to sound to good to be true, well it is to an extent.
The state community college Board of Governors and Chancellor in accordance with CSU and the UC will select which colleges will be eligible to participate in the program.
Bachelor degrees received from community colleges will not be the same as the ones from the four-year schools.
Lastly, the community college must document the workforce needs the degree would help.
However, junior colleges located in the Bay Area will more than likely be chosen, so Stockton students wont have to stray too far from home.