Dominican University of California is now working with the U.S. Marine Corps. The ILS Leadership Certificate 3.0 "The Making of Leaders" has been selected by the Marines as the training program for its civilian team. It has 300 civilian staff at a base 45 minutes outside Palm Springs. Dominican's proposal was accepted to start training the first 30 of these civilians.

The University of Southern California, University of the Pacific and The Brookings Institute also submitted proposals. The 10-session program begins Oct. 28 and will be completed in spring 2011.

Dr. Franco Vicino, the leadership certificate director at Dominican, was vital to program development, to obtaining the contract with the Marines and was the Dominican face in the community promoting the program.


Solano Community College will offer a new bachelor’s degree completion program at its Vallejo campus in the spring of 2011 through a partnership with Sonoma State University.

This partnership will give students an opportunity to transition to completion of a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies by attending Sonoma State upper division classes at the SCC Vallejo Center.

This program will offer an alternative route to completion of a bachelor’s degree for working adults who have completed lower-division coursework and whose schedules do not permit them to attend regular campus classes. Instruction is organized around one full Saturday seminar per month on campus, combined with weekly online seminars and ongoing reading and writing assignments.

The program offers a wide variety of courses from the social sciences to humanities and natural sciences. Four to five courses taught by regular SSU faculty will be offered each semester, scheduled evenings and weekends for the benefit of the working student.

A celebratory signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sonoma State University and Solano Community College took place on Monday, Sept. 27 at the Vallejo Center.

Information meetings will be held on the Solano Vallejo campus: Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. For information, contact Karen Fischer at 707-664-2682 at Sonoma State and Dr. Jowel Laguerre, 707-864-7112, at Solano Community College.


University of San Francisco, which has a campus in Santa Rosa, offers a number of MBA programs to fit most lifestyles though its San Francisco facilities. These include a full-time MBA program for students ready to be immersed in the MBA experience, and a part-time MBA, which has the same curriculum with the schedule shifted to allow for students with other time commitments. Similarly, the Saturday MBA is for students who wish to complete their MBA on Saturdays.

A one-year MBA is offered for students who want to fast-track their MBA studies, and the accelerated part-time MBA is a fast-tracked MBA with classes moved to the evening hours.

The MBA Career Advantage Program is for future business leaders just beginning their careers. And, the MBA for Executives is for senior executives who want to take their careers to the next level.

For information about USF’s MBA programs, visit


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