Bill allowing four-year degrees at some JCs passes Assembly |

Bill allowing four-year degrees at some JCs passes Assembly

Tribune staff report

A bill Lake Tahoe Community College has vocally supported this year is being sent to the desk of California Gov. Jerry Brown for a decision after passing through the state legislature with unanimous approval Thursday.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 850 would authorize 15 California community colleges to offer a bachelor degree program starting Jan. 1 2015 and commencing no later than the 2017-18 school year.

Participating students would need to complete their degrees by the 2022-23 school year.

LTCC President Kindred Murillo has described the bill as a big step toward reaching the college’s 2020 Vision.

In June, LTCC said a committee of faculty, staff, administrators and board members would meet this fall to talk about the possibility of being chosen for the pilot program.

However, the selection process would ultimately be in the hands of the California Community Colleges chancellor and Board of Governors.

Brown has until Sept. 30 to make his decision.

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