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BCC pairs with university to offer bachelor's, master's degrees

BARSTOW • Long gone are the days when students had to leave town to earn degrees higher than an associate’s, as Barstow Community College partners with Park University to offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, officials announced Wednesday.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Park University to provide Barstow residents with a means to obtain a quality education within their local community,” BCC President Thom Armstrong said.

Students can attend Park University classes offered on campus at BCC starting as early as January. Those seeking bachelor’s degrees will be able to take courses online or on campus, while master’s degree classes will be available online only.

The partnership allows students to earn an associate’s degree and seamlessly continue work toward a bachelor’s degree. To aid in the articulation process, the university has on-site counselor’s to help students plan out their academic careers.

Students can take on-campus classes toward bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice administration, management, social psychology and education. Several options within each major allow for special concentration within those fields.

BCC student Teresa Trevino said she’d jump at the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Barstow if they offered a degree in the medical field.

“I would definitely stay here just because it’s closer to home,” Trevino said. “It’s just more convenient and they have really good teachers here.”

Park University is all but new to the Barstow area. For years they’ve offered degrees through Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base, though these were mostly geared for military members.

“We are pleased to have this additional opportunity to serve the expanded Barstow community at this beautiful BCC location,” Park University President Michael Droge said in a prepared statement. “Park has much to offer through its excellent academic programs and its affordable tuition.”

The program claims to have the lowest tuition in the region for both two-year and four-year degrees, according to the Park University website.

For more information about the partnership or program offerings, contact Campus Center Director Arely Moreno at (760) 252-7275 or visit www.park.edu/barstowcc.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4123 or klucia@desertdispatch.com


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