Proposals from Cuyahoga and Lorain community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees move forward

Safeguard in the News
December 12, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Plans for Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College to offer bachelor's degrees have gained initial approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Tri-C's proposed bachelor in applied science in data integration/database administration and LCCC's proposed bachelor's of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing will likely be submitted for approval to the Higher Learning Commission following a public comment period that ends Dec. 22, the education department said in a statement.

The programs, and seven others, were submitted for review this fall following approval of the two-year state budget, which included a provision allowing for community colleges to offer select applied bachelor's degrees if a university is unable to offer training to meet the need of local businesses.

Ohio joined more than 20 other states that authorized community colleges to offer applied bachelor's degrees.

Tri-C said in its application that no four-year program in data integration/database administration exists in Northeast Ohio, and many jobs have gone unfilled because of the lack of skilled workers.

The college said it has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art and Safeguard Properties, which will help develop job opportunities for graduates.

LCCC trustees approved a resolution to support of the design and launch of the applied bachelor's degree in microelectronic manufacturing before the budget was approved.

"We are extremely excited to be selected," LCCC President Marcia Ballinger said in a statement following the education department announcement. "Our students will have the opportunity to complete a pathway from certificate to bachelor's degree in this highly specialized field that offers strong employment opportunities in our region."

Microelectronic manufacturing is an interdisciplinary field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering technology with science, mathematics and communications, the college said in its application. This emerging advanced manufacturing field helps companies make products and processes "smart" by embedding sensors and micro electromechanical systems.

Source: cleveland.com (full article)

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