Following a statewide trend, Valencia Community College in Orlando is set to offer select bachelor’s programs after gaining approval by the Florida State Board of Education.
The two-year school, once it gets the final go-ahead from the Southern Association of College and Schools, will give students an option to enroll in four-year programs in radiologic/imaging services and electrical and computer engineering.
“This is an important evolution in our programming mix, not a shift in our mission,” said Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia. “These programs are in high demand by our students and lead to well paying jobs in the stable industries of health care and high technology.”
To demonstrate specific labor market demand to the Florida State Board, Valencia used EMSI Data. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Orlando Business Journal:
Employer demand for workers trained in the programs is expected to be strong, with 801 projected job openings by 2014 in the field of radiology and imaging and 215 for electrical and computer engineering in Orange, Osceola, Lake Sumter and Seminole counties, according to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc..
Overall, 19 Florida community colleges have moved ahead with bachelor’s programs. We documented Palm Beach College’s efforts in this regard last year.
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