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College of Continuing and Professional Education

University Programs

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Dean: Jeet Joshee

Associate Dean and Senior Director of Programs: Sheila Thomas

Chief Financial Officer: Michael R. Jones

Senior Director of Technology and Development: Mat Kaplan

Director of American Language Institute: Lynne Richmond

Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation: Marianne Venieris

College Office
6300 State University Drive, Ste. 104
Long Beach, CA 90815

CCPE Customer Service Center: 800/963-2250

The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is one of the eight academic colleges and the self-support community outreach branch of the university. The college provides additional access to CSULB's exceptional academic programs and educational resources by offering over 550 credit and professional development (non-credit) programs every semester. The programs are designed to meet the personal and professional development needs of more than 20,000 individuals each year. CCPE identifies and addresses the educational and training needs most relevant to its customers. Its capabilities extend internationally.

Why CCPE Is Different - Access and Opportunity

The College of Continuing and Professional Education is different from CSULB's other academic colleges because it is not focused on one specific subject area, such as arts or science. CCPE provides a variety of ways to bring people to the university, and to bring the university and its programs to the people, through the innovative delivery of many different types of courses and programs across diverse subject areas. CCPE's unique position as both an academic college and a community outreach entity means that partnerships and collaboration - with the university, businesses, organizations, and community leadership - are an integral part of its operation. Fostering collaborative academic initiatives, both credit and professional development (non-credit) has always been one of the highest priorities of the CCPE administrative leadership.

CCPE programs do not receive state funding and are supported entirely by student fees.

The CCPE Mission Statement

College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) programs are major vehicles by which the university fulfills its responsibility to meet the lifelong personal and professional development learning needs of citizens, industries, and institutions within its service area and beyond. Through its certificate programs, credit and non-credit classes, seminars and special programs, distance delivered instruction, and customized on-site-training, CCPE brings the resources of CSULB to individuals and groups at times, locations, and in formats convenient to their diverse lifestyles.

In all of its programs, CCPE strives for an image of being ‘The Best Choice and The Best Value’ – top quality instructors and content, innovative and thoughtfully designed formats, and careful attention to the needs of all participants…from corporate executives and entry-level supervisors to aspiring artists, senior citizens, and all others who choose to enrich their lives through continuing education.

Through its work, CCPE advances the mission of Extended Education in the CSU outlined by the Commission on the Extended University:

  • Meeting California’s economic and workforce development needs
  • Increasing access to educational opportunities by serving broader constituencies
  • Developing alternative instructional delivery systems
  • Creatively developing new programs
  • Providing personal and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Generating new resources for the CSU system
  • Supporting international educational experiences