California community colleges may soon offer bachelor’s degrees

Up to 15 community colleges could start offering a bachelor’s degree next year under a bill working its way through the state Assembly.

Senate Bill 850, introduced by state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, would authorize California Community Colleges, in consultation with the California State University and University of California systems, to launch the baccalaureate degree pilot program Jan. 1.

“What we’re seeing nationwide is there is a huge skills gap, and so we know the community colleges have not just the ability to fill that gap but are uniquely placed to do it,” said Kevin Powers, a legislative consultant for Block.

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