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Centralia College approved for BA in diesel

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Centralia College’s Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Diesel (BASD), the college’s second bachelor’s program, was given a major stamp of approval by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College at its meeting Feb. 6 in Olympia. The endorsement by the board was an important step in the college’s progress toward rolling out the college’s second bachelor’s degree beginning in fall quarter 2014.

“The state board has the specific responsibility to approve any new program and while we have other important hurdles that will be addressed, this approval is huge,” said Larry McGee, associate dean of the college’s baccalaureate programs. “This is a rigorous degree program that is one of only four in the entire United States and the only one on the West Coast. This gives us the green light to proceed to the next step.”

The college will now work to secure approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accreditation organization.

“We appreciate very much the support from our community and the great effort on this by so many people,” said Jim Walton, president of Centralia College. “We also very much appreciate the work of the state board and the committee that worked with us to move this program along.”

The BASD is designed for those who have earned a two-year degree in diesel technology, but lack training in some more advanced areas of diesel technology or the broader management-related education needed to move into leadership positions. The BASD will broaden career opportunities and help graduates climb the career ladder leading to improved chances for promotion to management positions. 

For additional information, visit the college’s website at http://bachelors.centralia.edu/, or contact McGee at lmgee@centralia.edu.

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