Four-Year Degrees at Two-Year Schools -- If Gov. Brown Approves

Bachelors degrees will be on offer at community colleges if governor approves.

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    The community college could also be the place for bachelor's degrees, if Gov. Jerry Brown wishes it so. Brown's signature is the last missing piece from a push to allow up to 15 community colleges in California to begin offering bachelor's degrees, according to reports.

    The degrees would likely be in "technical fields" and would be similar to programs in 21 other states where two-year schools also hand out four-year degrees, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    The state chancellor's office, which oversees community and city colleges in the state, has not yet announced which schools would be so empowered with additional degree-making ability.

    The bill approved by the Legislature on Thursday, SB 850, would allow 15 community college districts the ability to offer a degree program beginning Jan. 1 and running until 2023, according to the Los Angeles Times.