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Columbia Basin College May Get Bachelor's Program

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PASCO, Wash--  Right now there are three types of programs you can enroll in at Columbia Basin College: a basic skills program, an associates degree in arts and science and an associates degree in applied sciences.

Now, the associates degree in applied sciences is being considered for accreditation to become a four-year, bachelor's degree program.

The program is still in the works, and will evolve as it moves forward, but the school plans to accept 30 students who already have an associates degree into the program; the thought process being it will help broaden their career choices.

"What this degree will do for those students who now have a skill in that craft is show them and teach them how to become supervisors, managers, and business owners themselves," says Frank Murray, director of communications at Columbia Basin College.

The program will begin next fall.  Those returning students will be the first junior class at the school.  After the program has a graduating class, then we'll better learn whether the bachelor's degree program is here to stay.