WSCC works toward online degree program

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Article from Parkersburg News:

MARIETTA – Washington State Community College is working toward offering its first online degree, an expansion of its chemical operator certificate program.

Chief academic officer Mark Nutter said the associate’s degree in applied science in process technician could be the first of multiple online degrees the school eventually offers.

While Nutter estimated 15 percent to 20 percent of the school’s enrollment in a given quarter is for online classes, no degree is fully offered online. Because the process technician degree would be the first, the college must receive approval from its accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.

Representatives of the commission will come to campus Oct. 9-10 to review the curriculum and processes. A vote is expected on the matter later this year or early next year, with the college anticipating being able to offer the online degree next fall.

Receiving approval for that first online degree means “the approval process is a little smoother” for subsequent online offerings, Nutter said.

The process technician degree is offered on-campus. Adding the online component is a way to address the needs of people alre………..
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