SSU expanding extended ed; explores 'hybrids'

ROHNERT PARK -- Sonoma State University is expanding its professional development and extended education offerings to include a number of new certificate programs tailored for those seeking alternative career paths or to acquire additional skills in existing jobs.

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“SSU’s academic plan is to be a premier liberal arts and science focused university to ensure our students receive have a broad-based education with sophisticated critical thinking skills so that graduates can quickly grasp what is needed by employers and learn on the job,” said Andrew Rogerson, the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at SSU.

“With unemployment at record levels, it is ironic that businesses still cannot find workers with the skill sets they need. Our task is to produce graduates who can meet employer expectations while also educating more students for less money using new cost-effective tools.”

Sonoma State is starting to explore hybrid online/classroom courses to make it easier and more affordable for students to access business-focused instruction.


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