The Angelina College Board of Trustees approved a new associate degree designed for transfer students in the health/careers department during its meeting Monday evening.

“This is a transfer health degree for students who are intending to pursue bachelor’s degrees in health sciences,” AC President Michael Simon said. “Instead of getting into one of our health programs like nursing or phlebotomy, they will be able to do the two years of introductory curriculum, and then they’ll transfer to finish up their degree.”

The college has around 90-140 students who fall into that category, so this will provide them a specific degree to declare, Simon said.

The board also approved a marketing service contract with Nature’s Eye.

“One of the things we’ve heard pretty consistently from community leaders is that many folks are not aware of all the different services and programs offered by the college,” Simon said. “This is an attempt to make a more intentional marketing and communication push.”

The company will help the college with the website, social media and print publications along with student recruitment.

The board also approved the annual adoption of continuing education fees for noncredit courses like the police and fire academies.

“The board looks at these annually, and we try to stay sensitive to cost while making sure we can cover the costs of the classes,” Simon said.

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