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College’s bachelor’s program earns DOE approval
Posted: 12/6/2012 Another major stamp of approval for the Centralia College Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree program came Dec. 4 from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The ruling means that students pursuing the college’s bachelor degree may be considered for federal financial aid.

The federal-level response is retroactive and allows currently enrolled bachelor’s degree students who are otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grants.

“This is a major milestone for this program,” said Larry McGee, executive director of the bachelor’s degree program. “It is and will continue to be important that our eligible students can and will be able to benefit from federal financial aid.”

Centralia College has 26 students enrolled in its first offering of a four-year degree, which began in September of this year.

Since formally announcing the new program in November 2011, the college’s bachelor’s degree has received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities under the accreditation of Centralia College. The program has also been endorsed by community leaders.

“We’ve come a very long way in a short period of time,” McGee said. “This is a credit to the many people on campus and in the community who have recognized the outstanding value of this program and put a tremendous amount of time and effort into making it a reality.” The fact that the college received necessary approval from agencies at each step is recognition of the quality of effort put in by so many people, McGee added.

The college is accepting inquiries from individuals who are considering earning a bachelor’s degree and who would prefer to earn that degree while continuing to live and work in the community. The next class will open in fall quarter 2013.

“We offer this in a hybrid format which means students don't have to give up a day job or relocate outside of the community,” McGee said.

Anyone interested in the bachelor’s degree program is invited to contact McGee at Centralia College by calling 360.736.9391, ext. 432, or visit http://bachelors.centralia.edu.

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