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Logue introduces bill to create $10,000 college degrees

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico, has announced the introduction of a bill to decrease the costs of college for students.

Assembly Bill 51 would create a pilot program for certain college majors to earn bachelor's degrees for no more than $10,000, including the costs of textbooks, according to a Wednesday news release.

"This program would allow a student to graduate with a BA degree in 18 months and get right into the work force," Logue said.

"I hope my bill will be the beginning of a revolution to the very pressing issue of the costs of college that students face these days. We cannot expect today's students to have a higher standard of living than their parents if they continue to leave college saddled with so much debt."

“This program would allow a student to graduate … in 18 months and get right into the work force.”

— Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico

AB 51 was introduced Dec. 21, 2012.

The bill would aim to create a pilot program to streamline the process by which students graduate from college through better coordination among high schools, community colleges and the California State University system.

The legislation selects three school systems in different parts of the state as a test for the program's coordination, the release stated. The program would
affect degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, also known as STEM.

Among the measures to be used to allow students to achieve a degree on time are unlimited Advanced Placement course credits in high school, more access to community college credit in high school and priority enrollment in community colleges after high school.

"Jobs in STEM fields are good, high-paying jobs of which many are currently filled by candidates from overseas due to the lack of American students graduating in those fields," Logue said.