California State University San Marcos will be among an elite group of educational institutions to receive funding from San Diego's QUALCOMM Incorporated as the firm provides a total of $25 million for educational programs to help bridge the "digital divide."
CSUSM will receive $1 million over two years to support its College of Business Administration. President Alexander Gonzalez said the funds would be used to develop training programs for middle-level managers, especially for high-tech and bio-tech firms.
"We're thrilled to receive this support from QUALCOMM," Gonzalez said. "We're a young and growing university. One of our strongest programs is the College of Business Administration. We're in the midst of hiring a new Dean to lead that College. This gift will allow us the flexibility to shape a program that will meet the needs of our regional business community."
Other institutions to receive funding from QUALCOMM include the University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and the newly formed Foundation for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Education, which will support programs in the San Diego Unified School District.
QUALCOMM made the $25 million commitment in conjunction with a "Digital Opportunity" tour by President Bill Clinton. The tour highlighted private and public sector efforts to reduce the digital divide between those in the United States who can afford access to computer and internet technology and those who cannot. QUALCOMM chairman and CEO Dr. Irwin Jacobs said "QUALCOMM's continuing commitment to education focuses on providing resources for the development and training of math teachers in San Diego, and strengthening the relationship among San Diego's universities, our local kindergarten through twelfth-grade system, and our larger community."
QUALCOMM Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500 company traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol QCOM.
California State University San Marcos is one of the newest campuses of the 23-member California State University system. Located 40 miles north of San Diego, the University serves approximately 5,800 students. The campus grants degrees in 19 undergraduate majors, 10 graduate programs and 15 teacher credential programs. It opened its doors in 1990 with seven upper-division students and accepted its first four-year students in 1995.
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