WOU in the news: College expands welding, computer science programs

Story published in the Chinook Observer

Clatsop Community College is adding associate degrees in welding and computer science.
Clatsop Community College will add new programs beginning fall 2015. Program details will be available with release of the 2015-16 academic catalog.

The college’s existing one-year certificate program in welding is expanding to include a stepladder of less than one-year Career Pathway certificates to develop proficiency in five different welding processes. It is also adding a two-year associate of applied science degree in welding and fabrication. This new associate degree will enable students to meet American Welding Society requirements for positions as an entry-level welder, solderer and brazer.

The college is adding a new associate transfer degree in computer science. It is designed for students completing lower division work at a community college and transferring to a four-year university to major in computer science. By agreement among Oregon public institutions, lower division general education courses will be recognized as meeting baccalaureate requirements.

Beginning in fall term, the college will partner with Western Oregon University to offer the program.  Western will provide the required computer science courses, using both in-person and distance education, for a seamless connection to its computer science bachelor’s degree.