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College to host bachelor's information session, March 13
Posted: 3/4/2014 As increasing numbers of individuals look to the advantages of a bachelor’s degree, Centralia College is holding an information session to show working adults how they can take advantage of the college’s bachelor’s program.

The information session is Thursday, March 13, from 5-6:30 p.m., in the Walton Science Center, on the Centralia College campus. Refreshments will be available. Anyone who is considering a bachelor’s degree is encouraged to attend.

Those who are qualified to enter the program can earn their bachelor’s in two years.

“A strength of our Bachelor of Applied Science in Management (BASM) program is the retention rate,” Larry McGee, bachelor’s degree programs associate dean, said. “Everyone who started in our first year is on track to earn his or her degree this June. That means that serious students do reach their goal.” The college currently has 56 students enrolled in the first- and second-year cohorts.

The BASM is offered evenings in a hybrid format: students attend face-to-face class one or two nights each week and the remainder of the interaction with faculty and other students is online. Two- and three-year tracks are offered.

“You don’t have to quit your job or commute to class every day to get a quality bachelor’s degree,” McGee said.

The information session will evaluate qualifications and provide all the details a prospective student would need to apply for admission for fall quarter.

A study showed that working adults who had a bachelor’s degree faired better with job security during the past economic recession than workers who did not.

The study, produced by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in cooperation with all Washington public four-year colleges and universities, looked at 20,499 bachelor degree students who graduated in 2011.

A separate report found that even in the midst of the recession, 82 percent of applied bachelor’s graduates in 2010 and 2011 were employed seven quarters after graduating. Students’ earnings also increased by an average of 26 percent after graduation.

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