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June 9, 2017
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Beginning this Fall Semester 2017, Century College will be offering new degrees in Psychology, Biology, Business, and Applied Big Data Analytics, and a certificate in Mental Health Behavioral Aide II.  

Minnesota State Transfer Pathway Degrees

The new Minnesota State Transfer Pathway degrees in Psychology, Biology and Business were developed as a joint collaboration between the Minnesota State colleges and universities. The two-year transfer degrees will provide students with the opportunity to complete their first 60 credits at Century College and then seamlessly transfer to complete the final 60 credits at any of the Minnesota State universities, including Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, and Winona State University.

“The new Minnesota State Transfer Pathway degrees will provide students with great benefits,” states Michael Berndt, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Not only will transferability of these two-year degrees be guaranteed to the seven Minnesota State universities, students can save thousands on their education by choosing those courses they know will transfer into the baccalaureate degree.”

Several additional Minnesota State Transfer Pathway degrees are scheduled to be offered starting in Fall 2018 & 2019.

Applied Big Data Analytics

The new Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Big Data Analytics will provide students the skills to analyze a variety of data to help make organizations more informed and profitable. The two-year degree was developed to meet the rapidly growing demand for workers in the field of big data analytics. According to the International Data Corporation, the big data analytics market is expected to grow to $203 billion by 2020.  

“Big data analytics is changing the way that organizations make business decisions,” shares Israel Emmanuel, Applied Big Data Analytics Instructor.  “We started this unique program to meet the demand from organizations for workers in this exploding field. Graduates from this program will be in high demand in the marketplace.”

Mental Health Behavioral Aide II          

The new 18-credit Mental Health Behavioral Aide II certificate offers students several benefits, including “real-world” experience in the mental health field and increased knowledge about human behavior. It can be a valuable “add on” certificate for students pursing healthcare or other helping professions, or a career advancement opportunity for people who are already employed. There is a high demand nationwide for people with training in mental health, and this certificate prepares students to provide direct care under the supervision of a mental health professional.

Jessie Breyer, Psychology faculty member, states, “Approximately 50 percent of people will develop a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives, so this is a growing area of need in our communities. This certificate will allow students to learn more about psychology, human development, and mental health, and develop valuable hands-on skills for helping others with mental health concerns."