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Heritage University at CBC expanding its programs & classes

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PASCO, Wash.-- Heritage University at Columbia Basin College expects its number of students to double over the next five years. This fall, Heritage at CBC is adding a class, and next fall, two new Bachelor's degrees.

Private, Toppenish-based, Heritage University has partnered with Columbia Basin College for nine years. Paul Dowdy, the Regional Director at the Tri-Cities site, says, it's been nothing but growth, with Heritage adding offices in Pasco a year and a half ago. Dowdy says, "We are very excited because currently in our undergrad we have education, criminal justice, and social work that we offer, but we are going to offer combined science degrees now."

Starting fall of 2012, Heritage at CBC will offer Bachelor's degrees in Astronomy and Nuclear Technology. "CBC will provide the introductory classes to make that happen and Heritage will provide the 3rd and 4th year classes to make the degree final," explains Mike Durst, Director of the Robert & Elisabeth Moore Observatory, who will be heavily involved in the Astronomy degree.

Dowdy says the Tri-Cities is the perfect place for both of these degrees because of the Hanford site, Columbia Generating Station, and a large number of technology companies and laboratories. He says, "You couldn't ask for a better place for students to be involved with those kinds of degrees." He also says this will allow students, after graduating, to get a job in their industry locally.

This fall, Heritage is also adding a new class that's gaining a lot of public attention: The History of Hanford. "Dr. Michele Gerber is going to be the professor for that and she's the Hanford historian, which is absolutely wonderful," says Dowdy. He says the course will start at the beginning of Hanford history and take you all the way through today's clean up and what the future may hold. The course will be open to the public.

Also, in the fall of 2013, Heritage hopes to offer a Sustainable Energy Technology degree.