By John Glidden
Jowel Laguerre is keeping his fingers crossed.
Solano Community College is one of several college districts competing for a coveted spot within a new state pilot program, which will allow 15 community college districts to offer a baccalaureate degree, not currently served by the California State University or the University of California systems.
The legislation, authored by state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) and signed into law by Gov. Brown, allows the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in consultation with the UC and CSU systems, to decided which districts are chosen to offer new degree programs beginning no later that the 2017-18 academic year.
“We threw our hats in the ring,” Laguerre said by phone Tuesday.