Campus: CSU Chico -- October 12, 2005

Grant Increases Four-year Degree Program Offerings in Redding

California State University, Chico and Shasta College will be enhancing their partnership offering educational programs in Redding thanks to a $782,500 grant from The McConnell Foundation.

The grant will support classes offered in Redding in the following CSU, Chico degree programs: BS in business administration, BA/BS in liberal studies, BS in nursing and BS in environmental sciences.

The funds will go toward faculty teaching costs, new classroom technologies and educational materials over a period of five years.

Classes will be held at Shasta College in Redding and, when construction is completed, the new Health Sciences and University Center building in downtown Redding. CSU, Chico has offered a number of classes at Shasta College, including MBA classes, since 1997. While CSU, Chico faculty travel to Shasta College to teach classes, some classes will be offered online. Shasta College is receiving $75,000 via the new grant to equip one classroom for distance education technology.

"There is great interest in the North State in a number of bachelor's programs and the MBA program," said Bob Hannigan, CSU, Chico vice provost for enrollment management. "We are excited to be able to increase what is available through Chico State while partnering with Shasta College."

"This generous gift from The McConnell Foundation provides a very important boost to students in our service area," said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. "By collaborating to aid the North State, Chico State, Shasta College and The McConnell Foundation are making a critical statement about enhancing the educational and economic opportunities in our region."

"It has been a high priority of the Foundation Board to help provide four-year public college opportunities in Redding. We believe the timing for these programs is perfect with the construction of Shasta College's new building, and the momentum of College OPTIONS in our area," said Lee Salter, McConnell's president and CEO. College OPTIONS is a collaboration between UC Davis and CSU, Chico, as well as the UC and CSU systems; local community colleges such as Shasta College and College of the Siskiyous; local private colleges and universities such as National University and Simpson University; the county offices of education; the California Education Round Table Intersegmental Coordinating Committee; and The McConnell Foundation to increase college-going rates in the North State.

"Our students are very excited to be able to complete their bachelor's degrees in Redding," said Carolyn Borg, Shasta College University Center director. "Many of our students are place-bound and can't easily leave their jobs and families to attend college. We are very appreciative of The McConnell Foundation for providing support and bringing affordable baccalaureate programs to the community."

Hannigan at 530-898-5044;
Borg at 530-225-4938;
Joe Wills at 503-898-4143

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