COS Looking to Expand Education

May 6, 2009 9:15:49 PM PDT
A South Valley community college hopes to soon be able to award four-year degrees.With more than ten thousand full-time students, the College of the Sequoias in Visalia prides itself on providing low-cost education for those wanting to get a certificate or associates degree. But if COS can get its name onto new legislation that could all change.

AB1455 would allow San Mateo Community College to offer a baccalaureate degree for six years on a trial basis. Local leaders are trying to get COS's name added onto the bill, too.

COS already offers a four-year degree program through its Fresno State Center on campus but if it was added onto the bill COS would be able to offer even more BA degrees.

President Scroggins says the state's public universities don't have the capacity to keep up with the demand for bachelor degree professions in California.

COS administrators say if the school was able to award bachelor' degrees it would attract more students and change the curriculum

Local leaders admit getting COS onto the bill is an uphill battle but say the county is desperate for an affordable, public four-year institution.

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