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Santa Ana, Cypress Colleges Plan Bachelor’s Degrees

Santa Ana College and Cypress College were named to a list of 15 community colleges statewide that can offer four-year college degrees, according to the California Community Colleges chancellor’s office.

The schools can offer a degree in one discipline each under a new state law. The four-year degree can’t be available nearby at California State University or at University of California System schools.

Santa Ana plans a program in occupational studies, which includes occupational therapy; Cypress plans a bachelor’s in mortuary science.

The two bachelor’s degrees would expand two-year programs in those areas, already in place at both schools.

The chancellor’s office said a bachelor’s degree may be obtainable for about $10,000 under the new programs and noted the California economy’s need for 1 million more four-year graduates by 2025.

Technological advances and other changes have made the two-year associate degree insufficient preparation for the work, the office said.

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