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MCCCD to develop baccalaureate degree programs in high-demand workforce areas

Today, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) on behalf of our Governing Board, faculty, and students, celebrates Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's signing of Senate Bill 1453. The bill allows community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in an effort to further enhance students' access, opportunity, and affordability to higher education in Arizona, marking a historic moment for Arizona's families. 

"Our motivation to offer baccalaureate degrees is to better support the needs of the skilled workforce in the highest demand areas of our state in a way that is equitable, accessible, and affordable for students," said Dr. Gonzales. "This is a historic moment for higher education in Arizona, and in the coming days I will bring together the colleges and faculty to determine which programs we will advance immediately for consideration as a four-year baccalaureate program. I thank Governor Ducey for keeping Arizona's students top of mind and signing Senate Bill 1453.”

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