By Robin Miller
Solano Community College will offer a four-year bachelor’s degree program in biotech manufacturing — one of just 15 community college baccalaureate pilot programs in the state — beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.
The announcement came Monday after a vote by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
“This is very exciting, it takes us to a brand new level,” said SCC President Jowel Laguerre. “To see how our college has progressed in the last six to seven years is really fantastic.”
Jim DeKloe, founder and director of SCC’s biotech program, agreed.
“This is just a great day for the Solano College and for the students and former grads,” he said. “It means that we can design a program that follows seamlessly from our current program so that students can graduate on time and lose no credits, and without debt because the whole thing from start to finish will cost about $10,000.”