TYLER, TX (KLTV) - During the Fall 2018 semester, Tyler Junior College plans to give its students more options when it comes to the length and convenience of its degree plans.
The college announced it will offer a bachelor's degree program in Applied Technology in Healthcare Technologies after it recently received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
"This degree came as a result from really meeting the demands of the local employers, business, and in this case, the healthcare field requesting professionals who had the ability to move from level of expertise to the next level of supervisory and in this rate of capacities," said Dr. Juan Mejia, district provost and president of branch locations.
Several students said this helps remove not only obstacles but also makes it easier to graduate.
"It's a great plan for other students that can't go further out of state or can't go to other cities, this is closer to home so they have their bachelors program," said student Abigail Contreras.
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At the same time, the college is also offering courses on Saturday to meet the needs and demands of working students or stay-at-home parents.
"Students do better when there is structure and we're building a very strong structure around the courses that we're going offer during the weekends," Mejia said.
Registration to sign up for Saturday courses is currently underway. A start day for the degree in healthcare technologies will be set soon, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A TJC representative said that approval is expected to come in time for the fall semester.
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