July 3, 2008

Associate Degrees To Be Offered at ECC

For the first time, students will be able to complete San Diego Community College District Associate Degree programs at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC).

The historic milestone was lauded as a major step forward by many of the estimated 300 members of the community and educators that were on hand Thursday, June 26, at ECC to celebrate the announcement of four Associate Degree programs. These degrees, the first of many planned for the ECC campus, will be offered in collaboration with San Diego City College based on the coursework students complete at ECC. The college has been offering for-credit classes at ECC since 1976.

Beginning with the Fall 2008 semester, students at ECC can earn Associate Degrees in Child Development, Child Development Site Supervisor, Real Estate, and Liberal Arts & Sciences with an emphasis in Social & Behavioral Sciences (leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities).

President Beebe greets Quinto Sol Vice President of Marketing Daniel Hernandez.

Three additional Associate Degrees are expected to be added in the near future. They are Metal Fabrication and Welding, Liberal Arts & Sciences with emphasis in Language Arts and Humanities (leads to transfer), and Liberal Arts & Sciences with emphasis in Elementary Teaching Preparation (leads to transfer).

Future degrees are planned in collaboration with San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Miramar College.

San Diego Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Constance Carroll, noted that over 90 percent of new jobs now require some level of college education. “These new degree programs provide a critical and accessible pathway for members of the immediate community to pursue career education and also prepare for university transfer without leaving the area. Even in tight budget years like this one,” she added, “we are proud that our district has set these new programs at ECC as a top priority.”

“This truly is a gift to the community,” stated Carolyn Smith, president of the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation. “This area of the community is growing by leaps and bounds and it is important to have a skilled, well-educated workforce as part of the growth.”

Continuing Education President Beebe said, “One of the greatest aspects of California community colleges is that they provide quality, affordable access to a college education. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone for the community!”

SDCCD Board President Marty Block pointed out that the availability of these degree programs will help the community prosper.

San Diego City Schools Board member Shelia Jackson was also present and praised the District for taking this step, “which will, “she said, “also benefit students at Lincoln High School and other schools in the area.”

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