LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College was one of the 15 colleges selected Tuesday by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to develop a pilot bachelor’s degree program.
AVC’s program in Airframe Manufacturing Technology is designed to meet needs in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in the major processes of manufacturing the structural components of an aircraft for civilian and military specifications. The program’s curriculum addresses airframe manufacturing, aircraft fabrication (structures and composites), electronics, and welding.
“We have been given an outstanding opportunity to provide a service that this community truly needs, wants and will embrace whole-heartedly,” said Dean of Career Technical Education Dr. Karen Cowell. “We are thrilled to be among the first baccalaureate programs in the state of California.”
A team comprised of Chancellor’s Office staff, reviewers from the University of California and California Department of Education, a member of the business and workforce community, and community college administrators, faculty and staff from districts that did not apply to host a program reviewed the applications.
Considerations for selecting a district included geographic distribution of the pilot programs, diversity of pilot programs, ability of the district to establish a rigorous program in their proposed field and that the proposed program will meet an unaddressed local or statewide workforce need.
“These colleges are embarking on a new mission for the California Community Colleges that will expand opportunities in public higher education,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “Students will have a range of programs from which to choose to earn high quality, affordable and in-demand degrees. California employers win too, as they will have improved access to highly qualified candidates in these fields.”