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Pathways Program with Canada College allows students to enroll at SFSU but attend class at a campus closer to their home or work
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14, 2001 - San Francisco State University, a statewide model in offering University courses at a community college, will celebrate its partnership with Caņada College in Redwood City at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
The Pathways Program, launched last summer, is the first of what San Francisco State University officials predict will be future collaborations with Bay Area community colleges, offering students a direct path to the University by beginning studies at a twoyear institution.
"San Francisco State is pleased to 'push the envelope' in creating innovative programs that enable our mutual students to progress smoothly and seamlessly from the community college to our campus," said SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan.
Last summer, 64 students enrolled in SFSU's teacher credentialing program taught by SFSU faculty members at Caņada College. This program gives students access to SFSU classes without the need to travel to the main campus. Many of the students also completed student teaching requirements at elementary schools in San Mateo County, closer to their home or work. After about 18 months of study and student teaching, they will earn credentials from one of the state's top teachertraining institutions.
In January 2002, SFSU child and adolescent development classes will be taught at Caņada, again giving students a chance to earn a bachelor's degree while taking most of the coursework at a nearby community college.
In summer 2002, business students will have similar opportunities. Students will enroll in lower division classes through Caņada College while upper division classes will also be taught at Caņada College by SFSU faculty. Students could complete the majority
of their coursework at Caņada College and travel to SFSU for only a relatively few of classes within their major or emphasis.
The Pathways Program is an example of SFSU reaching out to students across the Bay Area and not limiting educational opportunities because of geographical boundaries. The eventual goal is for students in certain majors to complete their fouryear degrees mostly or entirely on the Caņada College campus. Students must still apply and be admitted to SFSU.
"The Pathways Program is our boldest project (of this kind) to date. It represents the broad strides our two systems are making to close the structural gap between us," said Corrigan.
SFSU is committed to working with community colleges to find ways to overcome obstacles and permit students to reach their education goals.
The celebration on Friday will include California State University Chancellor Charles Reed, Corrigan and SFSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas J. LaBelle. Faculty members and administrators will also be on hand. The ceremony will be in Caņada College's Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
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