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Two CSU Campuses to Partner with BHEF on Introduction of STEM Higher Education Workforce Regional Projects

June 13, 2012

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San José State University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will partner with Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) members on new projects that will connect the universities with industry and address jobs, workforce needs and their regional economies.  The projects were announced on Monday, June 11 by BHEF as the first of 12 regional projects that will benefit ten states including California.  California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, San José State President Mo Qayoumi and Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong were on hand for the announcement.  The initial projects address recommendations made by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, calling for greater attention on the first two years of college and on the need for one million additional STEM graduates over the next ten years.

San José State will serve as the lead institution and join with four community colleges, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education to establish a Silicon Valley Center for Cybersecurity.  The partnership is an effort to respond to the regional and national need for cyber professionals by creating certificate programs as well as other enhanced learning experiences.  Business partners including Oracle (lead), Apple, Cisco and Google will provide internship opportunities, offer student scholarships or sponsor extracurricular activities for the Silicon Valley Center for Cybersecurity.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's project also involves cybersecurity with the campus joining industry partners Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Parsons.  The campus will apply its "Learn by Doing" model to the field as it seeks to become a leading supplier of global cybersecurity talent through its innovative cybersecurity program.  Essential components of the program include an undergraduate-focused cybersecurity lab supporting student-driven applied research projects, a robust undergraduate curriculum, a graduate certificate program, and dedicated, full time cybersecurity faculty.

For more information about the San José State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo BHEF regional projects, please visit