Local Colleges Team Up to Offer Three-year Computer Science Degree
December 13, 2012
Two local colleges are joining forces to offer a three-year computer science bachelor's degree.
Hartnell College and CSU Monterey Bay will begin the program, called "CSIT-in-3," next fall.
The program is an example of CSUMB's efforts to "bring fresh, new ideas into play in higher education," says university president Eduardo Ochoa.
The two schools already offer a four-year program, but the three-year version will be a "cohort" model, meaning students will take all their classes together, says Andy Newton, Hartnell College Science and Math Institute director.
"They'll be better supported through the learning community, and they'll get through college and into the workforce in three years instead of four," Newton says. Plus students will save on a fourth year of college, though they'll be taking summer courses.
Three-year programs are part of a national trend, he says.
The Matsui Foundation has pledged $2.9 million in student scholarship support over the first three years of the program. Of the 30 students who will be accepted into the first year, 24 will receive scholarships. Every high school in Monterey County will receive at least one Matsui scholarship for the program.
Classes will be held at both campuses. In the first year, most of the classes will be at Hartnell. In the second year the classes will be split among institutions, and third year classes will primarily be at CSUMB.
The program is recruiting until the slots are filled, Newton says.
For more information visit the program's website at csitin3.harnell.edu.