By Hank Masler
Editor, Oakland Business Review
California State University, East Bay is looking to expand your career opportunities at its Continuing and International Open House on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its Oakland Center in the Transpacific Building located at 1000 Broadway.
Open House attendees will be able to explore the more than 70 degree and certificate programs ranging across a variety of industries and fields. Additional training is available in many specialized areas at all levels.
Continuing Education faculty will be present along with staff to answer questions and discuss academic, professional, and lifelong learning opportunities at Cal State East Bay. Veterans Affairs and Career Counseling representatives will be on hand to consult on the resources and steps needed to pursue professional and academic pursuits.
"As your professional development and continuing education resource, we inviteyou to meet our team to learn about upcoming programs," said Brian Cook, associate vice president of Continuing and International Education. "Our annual Open House fosters Cal State East Bay 's long-standing commitment to providing high-quality career training throughout our region.
This tradition began in the late 1990s when Mayor Elihu Harris deemed it imperative to extend the reach of continuing education opportunities to the community at large. A partnership between the city of Oakland and Cal State East Bay was formed to develop a contralized education hub that would provide quality business certificate programs and other vital resources to a growing workforce that demanded increased training.
The program's popularity outgrew its small downtown office and paved the way for the creation of Cal State East Bay's Oakland Professional Development and Conference Center in 2001.
The Oakland Center serves approximately 2,500 continuing education students annually, offering programs that help Bay Area residents enhance their academic skills and expand their professional horizons. Working professionals and students who enroll in these courses not only benefit from industry-experienced instructors and small class sizes, but also take advantage of job placement assistance and internship opportunities.
In addition, the Oakland Center operates as an affordable solution for corporate and nonprofit meeting and training needs.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Oakland, the Oakland Center accommodates groups as large as 160. All rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, A/V equipment, and video-conferencing capabilities. A high-speed computer training lab is also available.
The Oakland Center offers custom training solutions and has served as a meeting place for companies such as Franklin Covey Group, California Department of Education; The Clorox Company, and Kaiser Permanente. It also provides facilities for employee training, trade shows, product launches, benefit fairs, and professional conferences.
For more information about Cal State East Bay's Oakland Center and to RSVP to the upcoming Continuing Education Open House, visit www.ce.csueastbay.edu/openhouse.