Public Affairs, The California State University

Extended Education Going the Extra Mile for Students

By Stephanie Thara

CSUSM Temecula B.S. Administration students, Tyson Heine and Amanda Maggio, speak to members of the California Legislature, sharing how CSU Extended Education has enabled their success.
CSUSM Temecula B.S. Administration students, Tyson Heine and Amanda Maggio, speak to members of the California Legislature, sharing how CSU Extended Education has enabled their success.

CSU Extended Education responds to California’s emerging workforce needs by offering students the professional development education and training necessary to succeed in today’s challenging and ever-changing work environment. By working with students to develop tailored programs that meet their specific needs, CSU Extended Education creates a comfortable learning environment that enables scholars to thrive in the classroom and the workplace.

By offering online and off-campus credit degree programs, professional development certificate programs and courses for personal enrichment and access, Extended Education is a critical student success solution, serving a broad cross-section of students from working professionals and displaced workers to veterans and international students.

“Most veterans who are transitioning back in to civilian life need the versatility of less restrictive programs in order to support their families and continue their psychological transition,” said Tyson Heine, a student veteran currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program at the CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) Temecula campus. “It’s important for many veterans to have a more dynamic degree program, and I can honestly state that I would not currently still be enrolled if not for the new, innovative learning approaches offered through extended learning.”

In addition to delivering the academic rigor of traditional, on-campus CSU classes, students taking courses through Extended Education are also able to develop deep connections with their peers, teachers and potential employers.

“I first applied to the Temecula campus because it was close to home, but when I got here I was so impressed with how closely the faculty worked with the students,” said Amanda Maggio, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at CSUSM at Temecula. “The depth in which the professors teach is different than anything I’ve experience before. They taught me how to think differently, more strategically.”

Through partnerships with workforce investment boards, professional associations and industries, Extended Education gives students the opportunity to form relationships with industry leaders, and arms them with the skills needed to succeed in their careers. For example, CSUSM partnered with the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust to offer online nursing degree pre-requisite courses in response to the nation’s critical need for nurses. Also, CSU Fullerton’s Extended Education started offering a certificate in Healthcare Information Technology after learning about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which requires all patient media records to be converted to an electronic format.

Through Extended Education, the CSU is able to fulfill its broader mission to California’s complex economy by drawing on each campus’ innovative academic resources and the faculty who go the extra mile to create impactful relationships with their students.