Select Community Colleges May Offer 4-Year Degrees, Includes Modesto Campus

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Students just may be able to get a 4-year degree from a community college.

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave initial approval for 15 community colleges across the state to offer bachelor's degrees. The degree will not duplicate CSU or UC Bachelor's degrees.

These bachelors degrees are unique, not offered anywhere else but at these select schools.

In our region, Modesto Jr. College will offer two respiratory care degrees for students entering the workforce as licensed practitioners.

There are 15 schools participating in the pilot program. If students are successful, more community colleges could offer 4-year degrees in the future, but the board makes no promises.

Pending final approval, the programs would be up and running within the next 1 to 2 years.

Tuition for a four year degree will cost $10,000, around half of what it would cost to attend a CSU campus.

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