State officials approved three more baccalaureate degree programs at community colleges on Monday, bringing the total number to 15.

Earlier this year, officials with California's community college system gave preliminary and then final approval to four-year programs at a dozen campuses after 36 schools and districts said they would apply for a chance to offer these degrees.

The new degree programs will be regularly evaluated by state officials and are scheduled to end by July 2023, although lawmakers could renew the program.

Proponents of the degrees say the programs could provide the state with thousands of workers in technical fields at a lower price.

The campuses and programs receiving final approval Monday are:

Rio Hondo College--automotive technology

Santa Monica College--interaction design

Solano Community College--biotechnology

The other, already approved programs:

Antelope Valley College--airframe manufacturing technology

Bakersfield College--industrial automation

Cypress College--mortuary science

Feather River College--equine industry

Foothill College--dental hygiene

Mesa College--health information management

Mira Costa College--biomanufacturing

Modesto Junior College--respiratory care

Santa Ana College--occupational studies

Shasta College--health information management

Skyline College--respiratory care

West Los Angeles College--dental hygiene


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