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Valencia College to Offer New Programs

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This past week, Valencia College received approval from the Florida State Board of Education to offer its first bachelor’s degree program. The new programs will be the first bachelor’s degrees offered at the school in its 43 year history. Valencia College is just one of many community colleges in Florida to offer four year degrees as a statewide trend continues to grow. Florida community colleges now offer more than 100 four year degrees. Sanford based Seminole State College will also be adding four more bachelor’s degree programs to its catelog.

Valencia Community College

Valencia plans to accomodate students in fields such as electrical and computer engineering technology and radiologic imaging services. These programs were originally offered at the University of Central Florida but were cut in July of 2009 due to budgetary issues. Valencia College offers students the benefit of working towards these degrees directly from the university at a lower cost than they would have paid at UCF. The critics have their concerns about the move stating community colleges are competing with four year institutions in an unhealthy way. However, UCF has voiced its support in Valencia’s bid to reestablish the cut programs.

It remains to be seen what effect community colleges are having on four year institutions. Valencia still needs approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools before beginning their new programs next year. There will be more to come on this story including if UCF will continue to allow Valencia to add more programs and what this means for UCF and Valencia College students.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

September 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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