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Second baccalaureate program approved at Maui Community College

Maui College
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: May 29, 2009

HILO, HAWAIʻI — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) voted to approve the Bachelor‘s of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree at Maui Community College at its monthly meeting held today at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The second baccalaureate degree offered by Maui CC will begin accepting upper division degree seeking students effective fall 2010. Representatives from the United States Air Force, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy and a number of high-tech firms on Maui all made a compelling case for the critical need for bachelor‘s trained technicians on Maui. The Bachelor‘s of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree will fill a need that is likely to grow if these entities receive further Federal funding for their activities.

The creation of the degree will also trigger a move in accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges junior commission to the WASC senior commission, which accredits four-year colleges and universities.

Since 1993, bachelor‘s and master‘s degrees from UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu have been offered to Maui County residents through the UH Center on Maui. Maui CC was the first UH community college to grant a four-year degree when the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business and Information Technology was approved in 2005.

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