Mesa College Bachelors Degree Program Opens 2015

2015 San Diego Mesa College Opens Doors to Freshman Class, Health Information Management Bachelor's Degree Program

WHAT:  Mesa College faculty and administrators welcome first incoming freshman class of its new 4-year Bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management          

WHEN/WHERE:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015, entry to Allied Health Education and Training Facility

8:00 A.M.       Interview opportunities

8:15 AM         Brief Program 

8:25               Ribbon Cutting and toast, open doors to new students  

WHO: Interview opportunities with:

  • Incoming freshman (this is the first class for incoming students to both the  2-year and 4-year programs)
  • Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President
  • Tim McGrath, Vice President, Instruction
  • Margie Fritch, Dean, School of Health Sciences and Public Service
  • Prof. Connie Renda, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Health Information Program
  • Shelly Hess, Dean, Curriculum and Instructional Services, SDCCD
  • Alexis Castro, student in her second semester of the program who plans to enroll in the four-year program.

Dr. Constance M. Carroll is available for telephone interviews.

PHOTO OPS: Lots of student foot traffic. The incoming freshman class of 32 students will be with us outside the doors to the building, and administrators  and will “open the doors” to students following the ribbon cutting. Ceremonial toast with sparkling cider. Banner above door welcoming first freshman class. Welcome week booth across the street if you want to interview student ambassdors, etc. First class to the program “Introduction to Health Information” starts at 8:30 a.m. in Room S303 (third floor); media is welcome to shoot footage, but please do not interrupt the class.

B-Roll footage:

Campus B-roll footage is available at

Photos available upon request. 


Mesa College makes history as it opens its doors to 32 freshmen students who will have the opportunity become complete an entire four-year degree program at a California community college. Mesa is among of the first of 15 community colleges in California to launch a bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management (HIM). The degree builds on of Mesa’s current Health Information Technology associate degree. The first freshman cohort, consisting of 32 students, begins classes in Fall 2015, with junior level enrollment opportunities to qualified professionals and two-year graduates opening in the Spring of 2016.

In January 2015, Mesa College was one of 15 California community colleges selected to offer a bachelor’s degree as part of the state’s Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program. Made possible by Senate Bill 850, authored by Senator Marty Block and championed by Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, the program allowed community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in career technical fields for the first time in history.