NOCCCD and CSUF Host First Baccalaureate Degree Summit
Over 160 faculty, staff, and administrators from California community colleges attended a Baccalaureate Degree Summit at Cal State Fullerton on July 6. The all-day event featured Senator Marty Block and San Diego Community College District Chancellor Dr. Constance Carroll, who were instrumental in passing legislation and securing funding for the statewide pilot program. Colleagues from throughout the state were able to learn from each other, prepare for upcoming accreditation visits, and continue to develop their curriculum, among others.
NOCCCD’s new Chancellor, Dr. Cheryl A. Marshall, also had the opportunity to welcome everyone and express her excitement for this great opportunity at California’s community colleges.
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the State will need approximately 1 million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2025. To help alleviate this shortage, Cypress College is one of 15 community colleges to take part in the baccalaureate degree pilot program. Additionally, NOCCCD—under the direction of Dr. Joyce Carrigan, Dean of the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program—is tasked with overseeing a $750,000 state-wide grant to ensure their success.
“We’re leading the charge in this brand new, first-of-its-kind opportunity in California,” said Dr. Carrigan. “My hope is that this is just the beginning of a seamless transition for community college students who want to pursue a four-year degree.”
Click here to see photos from the July 6 Summit.
Pictured above, from left to right: Senator Marty Block, NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Cheryl A. Marshall, and San Diego Community College District Chancellor Dr. Constance Carroll