Friday, February 18, 2011

Community colleges make push for state lawmakers to allow them to offer some four-year programs |

Registered nurse Stephanie Palmer wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, but she’d like to do it at Jackson Community College.

It’s close to her home and less expensive than a four-year college. Plus JCC offers greater scheduling flexibility for working parents like her, said Palmer, 35, of Michigan Center.

That can’t happen under current state law.

But officials from JCC and other community colleges on Friday lobbied state lawmakers to allow traditionally two-year colleges to offer a handful of four-year programs, saying it will help the state’s economy by making it easier for people to prepare for good, in-demand jobs. The House and Senate community colleges subcommittees was holding a joint session on JCC’s Summit Township campus.

The House last year passed legislation to allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs in four majors, including nursing. The legislation stalled in the Senate. It is expected to be considered again this year.

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This would work nicely with the push for more BSN prepared nurses.


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