NEWS RELEASE Contact: Frank Murray, 542-4835
June 20, 2013
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today gave Columbia Basin College its stamp of approval to offer two new applied bachelor's degrees in project management and cyber security fall quarter. Both fields are in high demand as complex cleanup efforts continue at Hanford and cyber-attacks increase across the nation.
Applied bachelor's degrees are practical, career oriented degrees designed to meet the needs of the economy in specific high-demand fields. They take two-year professional-technical degrees and add on junior and senior levels. The degrees can vary from a two-year management track on top of a two-year technical education or be a continuation of a technical degree.
The endorsement by the board was an important step in rolling out the degrees fall quarter. The state board approves applied bachelor's degrees offered by two-year colleges, sets high standards for program quality, and outlines specific steps to follow before approval is granted. Colleges must prove their programs are needed by employers and are not already offered in the area by a four-year university. Battelle donated $118,000 to provide the impetus for starting the AAS option in cyber security and the push for a BAS. The Department of Energy contributed a multi-year grant for Project Management.
The new programs will give students who already earned a two-year degree the management-related education and bachelor's degree needed for many leadership positions. Courses will be offered in class, online, and in the evening so students can balance work and study schedules.
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