College Hopes to Offer New Degree, Certificate Programs Soon

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For the first time in five years, St. Charles County Community College could offer new degree and certificate programs.

Charles J. McClain, state commissioner of higher education, has recommended approval of four new degree programs and two certificate programs plus numerous options in each program. The community college has not been able to expand its program offerings since 1989 when the college assumed the former St. Mary's College nursing program, officials said.

Carol Ballantyne, dean of instruction, said the college was responding to requests from the community, employers and students. The new programs are a way to attract students and better serve those enrolled, she said.

The state Coordinating Board for Higher Education must give final approval to all degree programs. The board will meet next at the St. Charles County Community College campus in June. The board typically follows the recommendation of the commissioner in these matters, Ballantyne said. If the board grants approval of the proposed programs, they will be offered starting in 1995, she said. Some courses could begin this fall, she added.

New associate's degrees would be available in:

Child care.

Medical transcription.

Computer science, with options in business computing, multimedia and telecommunications.

Human services assistant, with options in victimology, substance-abuse counseling, youth services, gerontology and general human services.

Certificates of achievement would be offered in:

Computer applications.

Computer presentations.

Multimedia.

Programming languages.

Data management.

Child care.

People in the child-care field have waited three years for degree and certificate programs, Ballantyne said. Child-care businesses want to update their knowledge and hire trained workers, but the only option has been schools in St. …