4-year community college degree - good or bad?
EconoMeter panel considers this proposed expansion impact on the economy
Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO
Friday, June 27, 2014
Kelly Cunningham, National University System
California needs 1 million more bachelor degree holders by 2025, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Allowing the state’s 112 community colleges to offer four-year degrees in specialized fields such as nursing or information technology could help avoid shortages of these workers. This would also help communities meet unique needs of local businesses, provide training for actually existing jobs, and allow students to avoid time-consuming, costly and confusing transfer processes. Community colleges help keep costs low and are often closer to where students live. Greater educational alternatives would also help alleviate some of the pressures on rising tuition costs.