State approves limited number of community college bachelor degrees
At the end of December, Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4496 into law, allowing community colleges in Michigan to offer certain bachelor’s degrees in certain applied and technical programs.
The new law allows community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts, energy production technology, cement technology and maritime technology. While the proposal at one time included nursing, it was deleted from the final bill after facing opposition from universities.
JCC current offers associate degrees in culinary arts and hospitality management, and alternative energy. College officials are exploring possible future baccalaureate degree programs.
With this legislation, Michigan residents have increased access to baccalaureate level education and training in these distinct programs. This will help those who are limited by geographic or financial boundaries further their education.