Community colleges to offer two 4-year degree programs to students

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Students at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges will be able to take four-year degree programs in child development, organizational management and computer information technology under an agreement announced Wednesday.

The students at the community colleges in the East County will be instructed by Point Loma Nazarene University faculty.

The deal expands a partnership that began last year to offer baccalaureates in nursing to Grossmont College students. Sixteen nursing students from Grossmont recently graduated from PLNU with bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

"PLNU is excited to partner with Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to provide increased opportunities and access to a baccalaureate degree in San Diego’s East County,” said Dave Phillips, dean of the university’s College of Extended Learning. "Through this expanded partnership we are able to meet students where they are, both geographically and academically, and better support regional workforce needs.”

According to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, the child development and organizational management degrees will be offered at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, the school’s first baccalaureate programs.

Tuition — which covers all fees, including books and parking for the entire program — will total $17,640 for students starting during the 2016-17 academic year. Financial aid is available.

The computer information technology courses will be held at Grossmont College in El Cajon.

Program tuition — covering all fees, including books, computer software and parking — will total $24,010 for the program for students starting this fall.

Community colleges were authorized by the state in 2014 to begin offering bachelor’s degrees, mostly in specialized majors not offered by the University of California or California State University systems.

Supporters, led by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, said the community college programs will help fill the demands for more highly trained workers in the future.

"Our businesses are looking for a qualified workforce that is able to begin their careers at a high level of skill and expertise,” said Eric Lund, president and CEO of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. "These educational programs will ensure that this workforce is available to our businesses for the future.”

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