Clark State Community College received approval Wednesday from the Ohio Department of Higher Education allowing the college to move a step closer to developing its second four-year degree program.

College officials said the four-year degree in Web Design and Development could be available to students as early as 2020, although the college still needs final approval from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent entity that approves degree programs in 19 states.

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Clark State already offers separate programs in new media and graphic design, said Jo Alice Blondin, Clark State’s president. But the new program will offer students skills in both design and web development, she said, making them more marketable to potential employers. Workers often have a background in one of those two areas, but not both, she said.

The proposed program will prepare students for employment as web developers, web designers, front end developers, and software

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