Grand Rapids CC Weighs In After Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Two-Year Colleges To Offer Bachelor's Degrees

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Community colleges could begin offering bachelor’s degrees in several areas under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan Legislature.

The legislation, approved by a narrow margin late Thursday in the state Senate, now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval.

It would allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in energy production, maritime technology, cement technology and culinary arts. A provision giving two-year colleges the ability to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing was removed by lawmakers in the Senate.

While the legislation is indeed important to some community colleges, it wasn’t on the radar of one of West Michigan’s largest two-year colleges.

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