Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- February 14, 2003
Cal Poly Announces Expansion of Continuing Education
Efforts in Tulare Area
Cal Poly Continuing Education kicked off the first phase of the university's
Rita Bee Hill Higher Education Center in Tulare and the start date for
an E-Commerce Training Initiative at the World Ag Expo this week in
The first phase of the Cal Poly Rita Bee Hill Higher Education Center
is a community needs assessment, intended to determine the current and
future education and workforce development needs of Tulare County, explained
Dennis "Skip" Parks, Dean of Cal Poly Continuing Education.
"The information gathered during this phase will help Cal Poly
respond with appropriate educational programs," Parks noted. "It
is fitting that we make this announcement here at the World Ag Expo,
where Rita was so loved."
Hill, Class of 1971, was an active member of the alumni association
and a Tulare community leader known for her energy, her service and
The study is being funded through a partnership of the Tulare Local
Development Company, the Greater Tulare Foundation, the City of Visalia
and Cal Poly Continuing Education. It will begin immediately and take
six to eight months to complete. The next two phases will be the program
development phase followed by program implementation. Fund-raising efforts
continue in order to make a Tulare higher education center a reality.
"The Cal Poly - Rita Bee Hill Higher Education Center represents
the growing partnership between Cal Poly and the Visalia and Tulare
communities," said Paul Zingg, Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs with Cal Poly. "As we work together to identify the needs
of these communities, we will develop programs that will serve the citizens
of Tulare County and strengthen Cal Poly's presence. It is a goal that
truly honors the memory of Rita Hill."
The E-Commerce Training Initiative was funded by grants from the Departments
of Labor and Agriculture to the International Agri-Center. It involves
free workshops in Tulare County, open to any Valley resident; a help
desk; a reference library; and a website offering additional marketing,
training and e-commerce information.
The workshops will teach the basics of electronic commerce, how to research
services online, how to explore websites, how to develop an internet
business plan, how to develop a website and how to promote a website.
The project will begin immediately and end June 30. Workshops will be
held in April, May and June at Heritage Complex at the International
Agri-Center. A Cal Poly Continuing Education project director and administrative
coordinator will be on-site at the Agri-Center.
"We see the e-commerce project as a first step in providing on-going
technology training and other educational opportunities to small and
medium-sized businesses," said Dean Parks. "Our growing partnership
with International Agri-Center will provide a sound foundation upon
which to launch continuing education initiatives."
For information on Cal Poly Continuing Education, call (866) CAL-POLY