Sinclair first received approval from the state to offer both bachelor’s degrees in March 2018. The Higher Learning Commission then went on to approve the two offerings.
Community colleges in Ohio have aspired to offer bachelor’s degrees for years, but they received a defeating push-back until 2018. Then-Gov. John Kasich signed into law the concept of specialized four-year degrees at two-year schools.
New bachelor’s degree programs at community colleges are not approved if they overlap too much with other nearby schools in the region.
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Students will also be studying this year for a new set of associate degrees, certificates and short-term credentials. New two-year degrees include ones in agricultural science, business analytics and computer science, according to the school.
New certificate offerings include the fields of social work and agriculture technology. Ten short-term “technical certificates” have been added that include everything from training for a chemical dependency counselor’s assistant to agribusiness and animal care and handling, among other things.
“Sinclair will continue investing in student programs that meet workforce needs, drawing people from across the Dayton region,” Johnson said in a prepared statement. “As the needs of the students and community change, we will work to adapt and modify what we do while never compromising our standards for transparency, academic integrity, and doing what is best for students.”
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