By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
PALM BAY -- Seven new Bachelor's Degree programs which will be offered at Eastern Florida State College this fall 2014 term were announced on Tuesday, March 18.
College officials proudly announced the new programs, following final approval from the State Board of Education in Tallahassee.
The new programs follow the fast-growing career fields of business, health care and computer information technologies.
Applications will be accepted, beginning on April 1 through July 21, with classes beginning on Aug. 18.
The new, four-year degree Bachelor of Applied Science programs, under the business umbrella, are Sales and Marketing Management and Public Safety Management.
Degrees in Advanced Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences will be offered as part of the health care program, while the three-degree tracks for computer information technologies include Program Development/Software Development, Computer Project Management and Networking Systems.
The seven new programs are a major leap forward for EFSC, created after working closely with local and regional businesses and industry leaders to determine areas where they needed skilled employees.
"The Eastern Florida State College Board of Trustees approved the new programs in March 2014, and the college has been working with the state Department of Education since then to provide the information necessary for approval," said John J. Glisch, associate vice president of communications. "There was a wealth of information provided, including the kinds of jobs, number of jobs and salaries available to graduates from the programs."
College President Dr. Jim Richey said the new programs have been tailored to working adults, who have already earned an associate's degree, and want to advance their careers.
The programs will be offered in flexible formats, including day and night classes, as well as online.
The new business degrees can help lead graduates to jobs, such as sales and marketing management, market research analysis, advertising and promotions management and communications manager. The public safety positions can lead to careers as operations manager and police and firefighter supervisor.
In health care, the new degrees can result in jobs, such as biomedical engineer, molecular and research biologist, pharmaceutical research, nursing home administrator and counselor, geriatric program developer, clinical and health care administration and public health programs.
Furthermore, the computer technologies degrees can lead to jobs, such as networking and computer systems administrator, computer network architects and software developers for applications and systems.
"We estimate that about 125 students will enroll the first year in each of the business, health care and computer information technologies programs, for a total of about 375 to 400 students in the seven new degree tracks," Mr. Glisch said. "That estimate is based on the first-year enrollment experience of other Florida College System schools, that have launched similar programs."
The average four-year tuition for the new degrees will be $13,800, and some students will be eligible for $10,000 tuition during their four years, if they meet certain criteria, including being a Brevard County resident, a first-time college student and maintaining a 3.0 grade-point-average in all completed college coursework.
Mr. Glisch noted that the $10,000 tuition will not be available to students in the two bachelor's degrees that started last fall.
"The college's Career Planning and Development Center will help students find internships and, also, help them with employment through our partnerships with businesses and industries in Brevard and Central Florida and college-sponsored career fairs," Mr. Glisch added.
In addition to adding the seven new bachelor's degree programs, Mr. Glisch said a few more faculty will be hired to help teach the courses.
Overall, Eastern Florida State College has launched 20 new bachelor's and associate's degree and certificate programs in the past two years.