Washington’s community colleges have been adding bachelor degrees to their program lineups for several years now, and the list keeps growing.
These degrees often cost about half the price, or less, of a traditional bachelor’s degree gained at a conventional college or university, and lead to specific job tracks that usually pay well and are in high demand.
Here are the new offerings in the Seattle area:
– Seattle Central College is adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program will be run out of the new Allied Health satellite campus, in Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill, and will open in fall of 2015 — the same time the new satellite campus opens. These days, students who study nursing are encouraged to get a bachelor’s degree in the field because many hospitals and healthcare providers now set that as the minimum level of education. Yet only about 43 percent of registered nurses in Washington have a BSN.
– Highline Community College is adding a bachelor of applied sciences degree in cybersecurity and forensics, the first community college in Western Washington to do so. One of the lead instructors, Amelia Phillips, is a national expert in the field and the author of one of its standard textbooks. Students in the program will be able to do full installations of functional networks on real hardware — not just virtual machines — giving them hands-on experience. The classes will be offered through on-campus classes, hybrid classes and online options. It’s the first baccalaureate degree offered by Highline, and will begin this fall.
– South Seattle College is adding a bachelor degree this fall in sustainable building science technology. The program is aimed at students who have completed an apprenticeship program, two-year technical degree or approved associate degree, and have at least two years of related work experience. The coursework focuses on the complexities of building science, energy codes, building codes and facility management.