Community Colleges to Offer Bachelor Degrees


Community Colleges to Offer Bachelor Degrees


State Bill Hopes to Fuel Select Fields

State Bill 2118 is now official, permitting community colleges to offer certain baccalaureate programs. These programs include those in the fields of applied technology, applied science and early childhood education, as well as nursing.

As a result, South Texas College plans on offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by fall 2018. The announcement was made by STC and Valley lawmakers June 26 at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus.

“This is the next strategic level for all community colleges to serve our students and communities,” said STC President Shirley A. Reed. “We have long been the basic workforce development provider. As the training and preparation expectations change, so does the need to offer degrees beyond the Associate of Applied Science degrees.”

STC now starts a year-long process with the plan to start an ADN-RN to BSN transition program. Students who complete the ADN-RN and are RNs will have an opportunity to return to STC to complete their BS in Nursing.