New 4Cs Degree in Funeral Service to be Offered Entirely on Bridgewater State University’s Campus
March 12, 2019
Starting September 2019, students across New England and beyond seeking to earn their higher education in Funeral Service will have a new home at Cape Cod Community College’s (4Cs) location at Bridgewater State University (BSU).
On Tuesday, March 12, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education officially approved a new Associate in Science in Funeral Service at 4Cs. Prospective students can now apply to the College, receive guaranteed acceptance, and identify Funeral Service as their designated major. In a move to provide easier access to students across the region, the program and all classrooms and laboratories are housed entirely on the campus of Bridgewater State.
“We are proud to now be the only state college in Massachusetts approved by the Board of Higher Education to deliver this program,” said John L. Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College. “Our College, and our future Funeral Service students, are deeply grateful to the Board for their support, and to the dedicated faculty and members of College leadership who helped get this program ready to launch. It is uncommon to see a program be developed and approved in less than a year, let alone an Associate Degree program housed on the campus of a four-year college. This approval is groundbreaking, and is a testament to their hard work.”
Funeral Service landed on the College’s radar following the abrupt closing of Mount Ida College in May 2018. After Ida shut its doors, students in their Funeral Service program were displaced with no path to complete their degree program. 4Cs responded quickly, building a teach-out program approved by the Department of Higher Education to serve the displaced students, and a lab-space at BSU where the students would be centrally located with access to on-campus housing. The students began the 4Cs teach-out in October and, in mid-January, five former Mount Ida students officially obtained their degrees as the first graduates from the Funeral Service program. During this time, 4Cs began the process of developing a full Associate Degree program.
In the 4Cs program, students will only be required to be on campus at BSU two days a week. This provides a flexible schedule for working adults to balance work, life, and higher education. The College is also providing a live streaming option, which will allow students to access classes even if they cannot be on campus. Students in the program will also have access to Bridgewater State’s on-campus amenities, including housing. Over the next several months, the College will be seeking accreditation status with the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) as a new program.
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