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2A Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Feather River Bulletin James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com As Feather River College delves deeper into the issues involving development of its equine and ranch management bachelor's degree program, it chips away at what needs to be done. Last week, one major issue was resolved -- the authorized OK to offer the degree. The board of governors of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office last Monday gave FRC.the official approval to offer the degree• Of the 15 community colleges originally selected by the chancellor's office to offer a four-year degree, the board of governors officially approved 12. One college had to drop out due to accreditation issues and two colleges' programs were challenged by the California State University system for duplication of course offerings. Now that FRC has the official go-ahead on offering the degree, it has a number of details to resolve and a lot of work to do. "We're going to have a couple issues to figure out going forward," said FRC President Kevin Trutna. "The big issue we'll need to figure out is our admissions policy." Currently, FRC has an open admissions policy. Anyone who wants to enroll is welcome. The bachelor's degree program, however, will have a 60-person cap on admittance to start. This will make enrollment more competitive. "Do we admit students as freshmen for a four-year degree, or accept them as juniors?" Trutna asked, listing questions the college will have to answer before the program is in place. Another big issue the college will have to figure out involves housing. The college dorms are already at capacity. "We already have a demand," Trutna said. "We have a waitlist at the dorms." Trutna said he believes the students enrolling in the bacheloP's program will be of a different type than the ones the college currently enrolls. Most will already have an associate degree or experience working on a ranch. Trutna expects more married students to enter the program, forcing the college to explore spousal arrangements in regard to housing. Though there are still logistical questions to answer, Trutna saidthe main goal of the college is to focus on the degree program itself. "We plan to do it right. We want to have the best quality program before we start trying to attract students." The No. 1 priority is to add an agriculture instructor position, Trutna said, and he sees the addition happening soon. Eventually, the college also hopes to hire a ranch manager to oversee its current acreage. Trutna said that staffing will be the biggest cost to the program. Most of the infrastructure to offer the bachelor's degree is already set up, because it is also used by the equine studies and rodeo programs. The college plans to design the curriculum to allow graduates to transfer into master's and doctorate programs. This requires adding some upper division general education courses in addition to the program's courses. The program will be relatively inexpensive for students. The college plans to charge an additional $84 per unit on top of the existing cost per unit for students. The current cost per unit for in-state tuition is $46; out-of-state students pay $247 per unit. The college is targeting the fall 2016 semester as a start date for the bachelor's program. That means that more than likely there are students already attending FRC that will end up graduating with a bachelor's degree. Tenured professor Dr. Michael Bagley, professor at Feather River College, holds up the certificate he received at the college's board of trustees meeting March 19. The certificate announced Bagley is now officially tenured. Bagley has taught at a college level for over 20 years. Photo by James Wilson ! The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the nation's leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the appointment of Amy Schulz as vice president of membership• Prior to joining NACCE, Schulz was director of career technical education and economic workforce development at Feather River College in Quincy, where she oversaw the "New World of Work Initiative." The program emphasizes 21st-century skills and works with educators to design curriculum to teach critical skills through innovative and experiential methods. She also spearheaded FRC's entrepreneurship program, which included high school entrepreneurship pathways with 10 high schools, cross-curricular entrepreneurship certificates, integration into local economic development efforts and a business succession-planning pilot. Schulz also served as the director and facilitator of an eight-college consortium addressing the career technical education needs of the Far North Region in California. "We are delighted to welcome Amy Schulz to NACCE's leadership team," said Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of NACCE. "As one of NACCE's member ambassadors since the program's inception in 2013, she demonstrated an ability to accurately assess member needs and identify how NACCE can meet them. In the continually evolving world of entrepreneurship education and experiences, she will play a pivotal role in making sure our members are well served and that Shallot & "Serving Darn Good 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day Comfort Food Since 1976" J f Annual --STOREWIDE-- COME IN AND LOOK FOR THE COLORED EASTER EGGS! You'll find discounts of 20%, 30% 40% OFF ! EXCLUDES PRODUCT Amy Schulz NACCE continues to lead the discussion among our membership of entrepreneurship educators, administrators and center directors throughout the country." "I am honored to join the NACCE team," sa{d Schulz. "NACCE has been instrumental in our local entrepreneurship efforts, which has led to the launch of several businesses and a cultural shift for youth and AlmanorStump "NACCE has been instrumental in our local entrepreneurship efforts, which has led to the launch of several businesses and a cultural shift for youth and seasoned business owners to be asset-based thinkers..." Amy Schulz Vice president of membership National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship seasoned business owners to be asset-based thinkers. I am eager to work more closely with NACCE members to assist them in reaching their own entrepreneurial g0als." Schulz is a member of the She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California-Davis, her Master of Business Administration from Chapman University in Edinburg, Texas, and her California Community Beta amma Sigma Business College Association for Honors Society and has Occupational Education served as an executive Leadership Academy committee member of the certificate from the Business Industry University of Texas-Pan Collaborative• She has been a American in Sacramento. featured presenter and She is currently a candidate speaker at numerous for her doctorate in business and organizational systems from entrepreneurship forums Saybrook University. throughout the United States. 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