FCCJ Offers New Bachelor’s Degree Programs This Fall

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By: Cyndi Jones

In today’s tough job market, some people may be looking to further their education and increase their value and marketability to potential employers. Starting this fall, FCCJ will offer new Bachelor’s Degree programs. Nassau County residents have been benefiting from the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center of Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) since August of 2000. The Nassau Center is centrally located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and A1A in Yulee and offers residents convenient access to the classes and programs offered within the county. As a two-year community college, FCCJ has been able to offer many certificate programs and associate’s degree programs for undergraduates. These days, however, a two-year degree may not be enough. With so much competition for fewer job opportunities, a four-year program may be the key.

In March, Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) announced a possible name change (contingent upon approval by the Florida State Legislature) to Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). This change will allow them to offer bachelor’s degree programs, although not graduate degree programs. Now instead of making the long commute to the University of North Florida or pursuing a degree online, Nassau County residents can start and finish at the same school eliminating the unnecessary worry of transferring schools.

Three new bachelor’s degree programs will be offered this fall for a total of seven making it easier than ever for Nassau County residents to earn their degrees and possibly increase their salaries! The new degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology Management. FCCJ offers four other bachelor’s degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Fire Science Management; Supervision and Management; and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications. “These new degree programs should significantly increase access for many Northeast Florida residents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attain a bachelor’s degree. The programs will be highly accessible and affordable. All of our bachelor’s degrees, including the three new programs, are developed to respond to significant employer needs and to great career opportunities for graduates” said College President Steven R. Wallace.

The schedules are flexible and include day and evening classes to fit any schedule. For more information about any of the programs and services offered at FCCJ, please contact the Nassau Center at 548-4467, or visit them on the web at www.fccj.edu.

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