Eastern Florida Announces More Bachelor Program Plans

By  //  October 21, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College unveiled plans for three more Bachelor Degrees in top job fields Monday, building on the success and strong demand for the four-year programs it currently has in place.

Eastern Florida State College unveiled plans for three more Bachelor Degrees in top job fields Monday, building on the success and strong demand for the four-year programs it currently has in place. (Eastern Florida image)

Eastern Florida State College unveiled plans for three more Bachelor Degrees in top job fields Monday, building on the success and strong demand for the four-year programs it currently has in place. (Eastern Florida image)

The degrees are being designed to support the rapid growth at Port Canaveral, Melbourne International Airport and in high-technology fields.

The new programs will focus on the areas of Business, Health Care and Computer Information Technologies, the same fields where the college has launched 22 other new programs since early 2012.

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The programs, which also include two additional Associate Degrees, were announced by college President Dr. Jim Richey and approved by Eastern Florida’s Board of Trustees.

The college currently offers nine Bachelor Degree tracks with more than 600 students enrolled, a sign of their popularity and the job opportunities that exist for graduates.

Dr. Jim Richey

Dr. Jim Richey

“The new programs will offer still more career choices to students in areas that have robust job growth in Brevard County and throughout East-Central Florida,” said Richey.

“That includes fields such as technology and the increasing cargo and transportation operations at Port Canaveral and Melbourne International Airport, which continue their impressive growth.

“Our new programs tap into that dynamic and will open more doors to potential jobs for students who successfully complete their degrees. That’s why we’re eager to get these programs up and going.”

The three Bachelor Degree tracks are scheduled to begin in 2016, pending the lifting of a one-year moratorium on new four-year programs in the 28-member Florida College System that includes Eastern Florida.

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The moratorium was put in place by the Florida Legislature in May 2014 to review the process the state uses to approve the programs. The moratorium is currently scheduled to end in May 2015.

The programs will also require approval from the Florida Board of Education.

The college worked closely with local and regional businesses to create the programs, including surveys of their workforce needs.

For more information on programs at Eastern Florida State College, visit easternflorida.edu


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