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California Higher Education Bill to Establish a Community College Baccalaureate Pilot Program Clears Committee

La Prensa San Diego

To help meet the demand for more college graduates to help drive California’s economy, Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (AD-78) has authored legislation to look at alternate ways to help students achieve a baccalaureate degree.

AB 661 would allow Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Mateo County Community College District to establish baccalaureate degree pilot programs in subject areas where the workforce need is high. AB 661 has cleared the Assembly Higher Education Committee without any no votes.

“AB 661 gives two community college districts authorization to expand their scope and offer a baccalaureate degree in areas of high workforce need. At a time when more students are relying on community colleges to fulfill their higher education goals, this legislation would not only expand access for these students, it would also help address local workforce needs in areas like health, biotechnology and other in-demand professions,” said Assemblymember Block.

“Offering a quality four-year degree at the community college-level would also open the doors to more students who might not be able to attend a four year institution. By allowing students to complete the baccalaureate degree at a college where they have already demonstrated success, this legislation will help enhance college competition rates and promote greater workforce development in the local community.”

Under this legislation, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Mateo County Community College District would be able to establish one baccalaureate degree pilot program per campus.

The purpose of the baccalaureate degree pilot program is to …

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