Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- March 25, 2002
Cal Poly Extended Studies Establishes Certificate Programs
At Mississippi Air Force Base
Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker and Air Force officials will cut
the ribbon Monday (March 25) to launch two certificate programs at Keesler
Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. -- the first permanent Cal Poly Extended
Studies programs established in another state.
The noncredit programs in information technology and Oracle database
administration will be administered by Cal Poly Extended Studies. Students
will receive instruction both online and in a new computer lab at the
base. High-speed Internet access will link the Cal Poly Extended Studies
computer lab at Keesler with the San Luis Obispo campus.
"At this critical time for our nation, Cal Poly is pleased to partner
with the Air Force, one of the nation's major high-tech employers, to
help impart vitally needed skills to Air Force personnel," Baker
The programs were developed in response to Air Force interest that began
with Cal Poly's distance-learning program operated at Vandenberg Air
Force Base. That program was launched in 1999.
In the future, the Keesler program could be expanded to include several
areas outside information technology.
"We hope that more programs will be offered to serve the education
and training needs of Keesler Air Force Base and the larger Gulf Coast
community," said Cal Poly Extended Studies Dean Dennis Parks.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern
Mississippi are also partners in developing the programs.