Applied Baccalaureate Degrees at Community and Technical Colleges


Colleges Play an Important Role

Community and technical colleges play an important role in producing baccalaureate degree graduates in Washington State. SBCTC advocated for community and technical college applied baccalaureate programs to help:

  • Meet state goals for increasing the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded by 2019 to 42,400 per year.  The community and technical college system will need to increase the number of students who transfer to a baccalaureate program by 20,400 which includes increasing the number of applied baccalaureate programs by 1,400.
  • Expand the workforce mission of community and technical colleges to serve the needs of local and state employers.
  • Increase educational pathways for professional and technical associate graduates who have been limited in their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor degree.  The workforce student population is comprised of a large portion of people of color, older working adults, and people (women) who are place bound with family responsibilities.

Background Information

Applied baccalaureate  programs stem from the 2005 Legislature passing E2SHB 1794, giving the State Board authority to select pilot programs at designated community and technical colleges. As part of the 2010 System Design Plan legislation (SSB 6355), the status of applied baccalaureate degrees offered by Washington's community and technical colleges was changed from pilot to regular status.

In 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 2483, authorizing the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to approve all Applied Bachelor’s degree programs offered by community and technical colleges (RCW 28B.50.810).

Programs Currently Offered

Currently, community and technical colleges offer 16 applied bachelor degrees at 10 colleges:

  • Bellevue College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Care Technology and Management, 2011; Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2012; Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems & Technology, 2012
  • Centralia College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2012
  • Columbia Basin College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2009; Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security, 2013
  • Green River Community College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology: Network Administration and Security, 2013
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, 2009
  • North Seattle College – Bachelor of Applied Science in International Business, 2013
  • Olympic College – Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2007
  • Peninsula College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, 2007
  • Seattle Central College – Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science, 2009
  • South Seattle College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Science in Professional Technical Teacher Education, 2012

Programs Being Developed for Fall 2014

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for Fall 2014:

  • Bellevue College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Data Analytics, approved December 2013
  • Centralia College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology, approved February 2014
  • Cascadia Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices, approved March 2014
  • Clover Park Technical College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations, approved March 2014
  • Columbia Basin College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management, approved July 2013
  • Highline Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security and Forensics, 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science in Global Trade and Logistics, approved February 2014; Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, approved February 2014; Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science-Youth Development, approved March 2014
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation Logistics, approved November 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health, approved December 2013
  • North Seattle College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development, approved February 2014
  • Olympic College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems, February 2014
  • Seattle Central College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health, approved December 2013
  • Skagit Valley College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation, approved March 2014
  • South Seattle College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Building Science Technology, approved November 2013
  • Yakima Valley Community College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Management, approved March 2014

Programs Being Developed for Fall 2015

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for Fall 2015:

  • Clark College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, approved March 2014

Programs with Statement of Need in 30-Day Review

There are currently no programs in 30-day review.

Send questions or comments about programs under review to Edward Esparza at SBCTC.

Program Approval Process and Application Materials

Please contact Edward Esparza for questions about the process or application materials.

 

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