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California State University, Sacramento, explores offering bachelor’s degree program in Galt

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am

Beginning this fall, if it can garner enough interest, California State University, Sacramento may begin offering a degree program in Galt leading to bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

An informational meeting to gauge interest is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Fairsite Elementary School, 902 Caroline Ave., in the multi-purpose room.

The program, held in cooperation with Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, requires at least 25 enrolled students to begin.

District coordinator Donna Mayo-Whitlock, who already has a list of half a dozen potential students, was approached by Sac State administrators a few weeks ago with the idea. The district would absorb the costs of heating and lighting the Fairsite classroom, she said.

Program participants could include those who want to obtain a bachelor’s degree in child development and are ready to transfer to a CSU. It would also be good for district employees, people who work during the day or those who haven’t attended school in a while, Mayo-Whitlock said.

It might also benefit current teachers for the government-funded Head Start program, since they are now required to earn a bachelor’s degree, she added.

Students will meet two evenings each week to earn a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The program fee is $18,000, compared to $17,500 to earn the same degree on the CSU Sacramento campus.

Mayo-Whitlock said Galt residents, especially, may save money and headaches by not having to commute and sit in traffic.

Meanwhile, San Joaquin Delta College is wrapping up the last of three semesters of classes at Fairsite for their ECE program. Currently, 26 students are completing the practicum portion of the program in a preschool classroom and meeting one evening a week for class. Ten are district employees.

That program started with 30 students.

“We used the same teacher, and that has helped them develop quite a cohort,” Mayo-Whitlock said.

Participants will finish in May having earned an associate preschool teacher permit.

And Mayo-Whitlock hopes a number of them — plus others from Delta and nearby Cosumnes College — will be interested in transferring to the Sac State program in Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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