Laura Knaparek's bill to do away with "fringe" courses will not do away with vocational programs. Nursing and other vocational areas are usually associated with degrees and certificates, which are allowed under the Knaparek bill.
Community Colleges offer the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Business for transfer. They also offer the Associate in Applied Arts and Associate in Applied Science for vocational areas.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (also referred to as the ADN) is an Associate Degree of Applied Science and transferable even though it is vocational in nature.
Other Associate of Applied Science Degrees are now transferable to ASU and NAU to new Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. Examples are police and fire science programs.
Finally, universities recognize that all degrees are really vocational in nature -- even the M.D. and J.D. We all go to college to improve ourselves and that extends to the workplace.
Bill Konopnicki and Laura Knaparek need to really learn much more about community colleges before they fool around and try to improve on what exists. What is really needed is oversight by a State Board to recommend changes to the legislature before they make a bigger mess of our community college system.
Martin Ganz, Ed.D., Payson