Brevard Community College will begin offering six new associate degrees and certificate programs in 2014 in the fast-growth fields of aviation and health care.
The move is the latest in a series of new opportunities BCC is initiating, as it becomes Eastern Florida State College on July 1.
The name change will be accompanied by the launch of the college's first two bachelor's degrees in August, with tracks in general business management and health care management.
The new two-year and other programs were recently presented to the Board of Trustees to provide students more career options in areas where job growth is strong.
The new two-year programs are:
Associate of Science Degree as an aircraft airframe and power plant mechanic
Associate of Science Degree in respiratory therapy
Associate of Science Degree as a physical therapy assistant
Associate of Science Degree as an occupational therapy assistant
The new certificate programs are:
Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate as a machinist in advanced manufacturing
Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate as a diagnostic medical sonographer
The six programs follow these other new associate degree and certificate programs the college started this year:
Associate of Science Degree in cyber security.
Associate of Science Degree in health information technology
Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate in police, fire, ambulance 911 dispatcher
Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate in electrical repairs
Beyond that, the college recently added its bachelor's degree programs in March when trustees approved seven new tracks in business, health care and information technologies.
The programs scheduled to start in August 2014 are:
Bachelor's Degrees in public safety management and sales and marketing management
Bachelor's Degrees in advanced allied health and biomedical sciences
Bachelor's Degrees in software development, program development and project management, and networking services
All the four-year degrees align with associate's degrees now offered at the college in fields, such as public safety, business, health care, technology and more.
That will make them a perfect fit for students currently enrolled at the college along with individuals in the workforce who want to advance their education to boost their careers.
The college surveyed a wide cross-section of businesses throughout Brevard and Central Florida to gauge their workforce needs, and used the research to develop the new programs.
College officials also closely examined a state list that targeted sectors where job growth was expected in Central Florida, with a specific emphasis on in-demand jobs.