Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Colleges partner with PLNU for 3 bachelor's degree programs

Starting in the fall, graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges can continue their education for bachelor’s degrees in three programs from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) without ever leaving the East County community college campuses.

The new baccalaureate programs in Child Development and Organizational Management to be
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh,
PLNU President Bob Brower, and Cuyamaca College
President Julianna Barnes sign agreement
offered at Cuyamaca College and Computer Information Technology at Grossmont College were announced today by Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes, Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh and PLNU President Bob Brower.

 The three baccalaureates offered through PLNU’s College of Extended Learning are designed to fit the needs of working adults, with courses taught by PLNU professors offered either entirely online or as hybrid classes combining once-weekly night classes with online instruction. With all three comparable programs impacted at San Diego State University, the PLNU baccalaureates provide much-needed options for students striving for bachelor’s degrees.

“PLNU is excited to partner with Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to provide increased opportunities and access to a baccalaureate degree in San Diego’s East County,” said Dave Phillips, Dean of the College of Extended Learning at PLNU. “Through this expanded partnership we are able to meet students where they are, both geographically and academically, and better support regional workforce needs.”

The PLNU Bachelor of Arts degrees in Child Development and Organizational Management are the first baccalaureate programs for Cuyamaca College and can be earned in as few as 15 months at a cost of $490 a unit. The tuition, which covers all fees, including books and parking, will total $17,640 for the program for students starting during the 2016-17 academic year. Financial aid is available.

Both the Child Development and Organizational Management programs accept up to 84 transferrable credit units to complete the 120 units needed to graduate. The Child Development baccalaureate is open to those who have earned an associate degree in Child Development. 

Denise Blaha, coordinator of Cuyamaca College’s Child Development Center, said the reaction among Cuyamaca students has been “very positive,” and added that the bachelor’s degree opens up avenues for career advancement.

 “This program is truly a benefit designed for students already working in the field,” Blaha said. “California is at the forefront of making the field of early childhood education more professionalized with a push for more credentialing for preschool teachers.”

PLNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management is an interdisciplinary degree designed to apply general management and relationship-developing principles to today’s ever-changing marketplace. It is open to graduates of any associate degree program, but is ideal for workers seeking advancement to management positions, said Cuyamaca College Dean of Career and Technical Education Kate Alder.

“There are fewer and fewer management positions that don’t require at least a bachelor’s degree,” she said. “If you want to grow in a career, you need that bachelor’s.”

The PLNU bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology is the second for Grossmont College, which first partnered with PLNU in 2015 for an innovative RN to BSN program. Of the 17 nursing students in the first cohort, 16 received their diplomas from PLNU on May 7 of this year.  

Computer Information Technology is a new Bachelor of Arts degree offered by PLNU that earns students several industry certifications, such as Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) certification in information technology fundamentals and in network and security programs.

“The best thing about it is that allows individuals to earn higher wages since information technology is such a hot field right now,” said Javier Ayala, dean of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development at Grossmont College.

It is a two-year program that accepts up to 71 transferrable credit units to complete the 120 units needed to graduate. Tuition, which covers all fees, including books, computer software and parking, will total $24,010 for the program for students starting during the 2016-17 academic year.

Ayala said Grossmont College students with an associate degree in Computer Science Information Systems may qualify for waivers in certain courses and may be able to complete the program in less than two years. "We are excited to have this IT option in our backyard," he said.

Graduates of the program are prepared to begin careers in a wide variety of technology-related fields, including technology security, software application development, information technology support, information technology support engineering and more.

Eric Lund, president?CEO of the San Diego East County
Chamber of Commerce, speaks at press conference
Eric Lund. CEO/President of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, praised the new programs being offered. “Our businesses are looking for a qualified workforce that is able to begin their careers at a high level of skill and expertise,” he said. “These educational programs will ensure that this workforce is available to our businesses for the future.”

To learn more about PLNU's degree completion programs with Grossmont and,Cuyamaca colleges , financial aid opportunitiesand the admissions process, please visit PLNU's website and consider attending a free information event on June 20th at 6pm at PLNU's Liberty Station Conference Center at 2600 Laning Rd. San Diego, CA 92106.