The bulk of new community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs focus on health sciences and nursing, followed by business-related programs, according to the opens in a new window Commu opens in a new windown opens in a new windowity College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA).
Health sciences and nursing comprising nearly 30% of new CCB programs, while business — including management and organizational leadership — make up 18%, according to a opens in a new windowrecent e-book by CCBAopens PDF file , which is an affiliated council of the opens in a new windowAmerican Association of Community Colleges.
Eduation programs are third with 10% of new CCB programs. CCBA says that the figure is likely to rise as programs to prepare teachers and paraprofessionals ramp up to help curb the national shortage of teachers.
The association notes that the trends reflect supply-and-demand patterns locally and on the state level, as CCB programs align with labor market demands in communities.