Gulf Coast State College is proud to announce its fourth bachelor's degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Digital Media. The College is committed to expand opportunities for students, and this degree affords them a solid foundation of digital design skills in a growing, creative industry. The program begins this August 2013, and anyone interested in this exciting and rewarding field is encouraged to enroll now.
"We are pleased to add another workforce bachelor's degree at Gulf Coast," said GCSC President Dr. Jim Kerley. "It's just another great example of how we are building our regional workforce and expanding advanced technology education through high-demand, cutting edge programs. Combine that with the lowest tuition in the state and you've got a winning combination."
The 120-hour program includes the study and hands-on application of video/audio production and web design, as well as management principles and practices. It will be housed in the Advanced Technology Center, the College's connection to business and industry with a focus on creating new pathways to high-tech, lucrative careers.
Initial discussions of offering the degree in Digital Media began in 2010, backed by regional studies confirming the need for graduates with these particular workforce skills. GCSC's existing Associate in Science in Digital Media program and its active program advisory board also supported the proposal. As the final stage in the approval process, the State Board of Education approved the new degree on May 21, 2013.
Labor demand projections through workforce analyses project a shortage of Digital Media workers in our region. These projections indicate that the number of employees in related fields in Workforce Region 4 (comprising Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties, Gulf Coast State College's service area) will reach 894 by 2017, an increase of 71 jobs from the present number. The estimated number of annual openings requiring new, credentialed employees is 41, which includes openings due to growth as well as those arising from separation. Community and business partners involved in the planning regarding this new program also re-emphasized the local need for the advanced degree.
Information provided by Gulf Coast State College