Applied Baccalaureate Degrees at Community and Technical Colleges


Colleges Play an Important Role

Community and technical colleges play an important role in producing baccalaureate degree graduates in Washington State. SBCTC advocated for community and technical college applied baccalaureate programs to help:

  • Meet state goals for increasing the overall number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to 42,400 per year. The community and technical college system will need to increase the number of their students who transfer to a baccalaureate program to 22,000 by 2030 including 1,400 baccalaureate degrees awarded.
  • Expand the workforce mission of community and technical colleges to serve the needs of local and state employers.
  • Increase educational pathways for professional and technical associate graduates who have been limited in their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor degree.  The workforce student population is comprised of a large portion of people of color, older working adults, and people (women) who are place bound with family responsibilities.

Background Information

Applied baccalaureate  programs stem from the 2005 Legislature passing E2SHB 1794, giving the State Board authority to select pilot programs at designated community and technical colleges. As part of the 2010 System Design Plan legislation (SSB 6355), the status of applied baccalaureate degrees offered by Washington's community and technical colleges was changed from pilot to regular status.

In 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 2483, authorizing the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to approve all Applied Bachelor’s degree programs offered by community and technical colleges (RCW 28B.50.810).

Programs Currently Offered

Currently, community and technical colleges offer 31 applied bachelor degrees at 14 colleges:

  • Bellevue College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Care Technology and Management, 2011; Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2012; Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems & Technology, 2012; Bachelor of Applied Science in Data Analytics, 2014
  • Centralia College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2012; Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology, 2014
  • Clover Park Technical College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations, 2014
  • Columbia Basin College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security, 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management, 2013
  • Green River Community College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology: Network Administration and Security, 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology: Software Development, 2014
  • Highline College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security and Forensics, 2014; Bachelor of Applied Science in Global Trade and Logistics, 2014
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management, 2014; Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health, 2014
  • North Seattle College – Bachelor of Applied Science in International Business, 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development, 2014
  • Olympic College – Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems, 2014
  • Peninsula College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2007
  • Seattle Central College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Behavioral Science, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health, 2014
  • Skagit Valley College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation, 2014
  • South Seattle College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Science in Professional Technical Teacher Education, 2012; Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Building Science Technology, 2014
  • Yakima Valley Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Management, 2014

Programs Being Developed for Fall 2014

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for Fall Quarter 2014:

  • Highline Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, approved February 2014; Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science-Youth Development, approved March 2014
  • Wenatchee Valley Community College - Bachelor of Science Nursing, approved May 2014 (possible Winter 2015 start)

Programs Being Developed for Winter 2015

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for Winter Quarter 2015:

  • Green River Community College - Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, approved May 2014
  • Renton Technical College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development, approved June 2014

Programs Being Developed for Fall 2015

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for Fall Quarter 2015:

  • Cascadia Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices, approved March 2014
  • Clark College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, approved March 2014
  • Seattle Central College - Bachelor of Science Nursing, approved March 2014

Programs with Statement of Need in 30-Day Review

Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management - Statement of Needpdf
Spokane Falls Community College
30-Day Review ends August 18, 2014

Send questions or comments about programs under review to Joyce Hammer at SBCTC.

Program Approval Process and Application Materials

Please contact Joyce Hammer for questions about the process or application materials.

 

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