From Tyler Junior College
Tyler Junior College was recently re-classified under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges: Associate’s Dominant.” In addition to the new baccalaureate category, TJC’s new classification level is “four-year or above.”
In 2016, TJC was accredited as a Level II, baccalaureate-granting college. Of the 50 community colleges in Texas, TJC was the first to offer a Bachelor of Science degree and is one of only four community colleges in Texas authorized to award up to five baccalaureate degrees. TJC’s bachelor’s degrees are specialized in high demand/high pay/high skill workforce fields. Its baccalaureate degrees are skills- and technology-based, rather than delivered in a lecture-focused format. Currently TJC offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in Healthcare Technology and Medical Systems.
TJC’s Board of Trustees approved a third baccalaureate degree last November, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety. This degree is targeted to build upon TJC’s existing programs for first responders including Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Fire Fighters and Police/Law Enforcement. This new degree program is planned to start next year pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.