New degree programs on tap at area colleges

August 12, 2011, 2:01 am

Central Florida colleges will be adding three new bachelor’s degrees, three new master’s degrees and eight new certificate and associate of science degree focuses when classes start Aug. 22. The new degree offerings could help Central Florida become more attractive to businesses in the long-term, said Stan Geberer, a senior partner with Orlando-based Fishkind & Associates. “Over time as the programs become established, they become a natural attractor for business,” Geberer said. “It’s an investment in the work force and an investment in human capital, and like any investment, it takes time to reap the benefits.”

Colleges are offering the following new degrees:

At the University of Central Florida they are adding a new bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies, three new master’s degrees: master of research administration, professional science master’s in conservation biology (previously a track in biology) and professional science master’s in engineering management (previously a track in industrial engineering).

Valencia College will begin offering two new bachelor of science degrees this semester: electrical and computer engineering technology and radiologic and imaging sciences. It also added five new technical certificates: film production fundamentals, criminal justice technology specialist, medical office management, property and casualty insurance management operations, and property and casualty insurance management specialist. It also added three new associate of science degrees: business management, marketing and administration; specialization to sound and music technology, audio engineering; specialization to sound and music technology, sound technology.

At Seminole College they are offering four new bachelor of science degrees in January, pending accreditation: they are architectural engineering technology, business information management, construction and information systems technology. It also is offering more than 50 new courses, and is now offering classes at 6:30 a.m. at the Altamonte Springs campus.


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