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College of Continuing and Professional Education

University Programs

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Dean: Jeet Joshee

Associate Dean: Sheila Thomas

Senior Director, Finance/Business Services: Michael R. Jones

Senior Director, Technology and Development: Mat Kaplan

Director, Academic Programs: Leticia Rodriguez

Director, American Language Institute: Lynne Richmond

Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation: Marianne Venieris

College Office: 6300 State University Drive, Ste. 104,
Long Beach, CA 90815
Customer Service Center: 800-963-2250

The College of Continuing and Professional Education received approval, by unanimous vote from the Academic Senate of the California State University, Long Beach, for a name change in May 2009. The college’s new name, College of Continuing and Professional Education, reflects a nation-wide trend in continuing higher education’s evolving role in workforce, professional development and higher education.

College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is one of the eight academic colleges and the self-support community outreach division 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, which include graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates, are designed to meet the personal and professional development needs of more than 16,000 individuals each year. CCPE identifies and addresses the educational and training needs most relevant to its customers. Its capabilities extend internationally.

The Difference – Access and Opportunity

College of Continuing and Professional Education is different from CSULB's other academic colleges because it is interdisciplinary, and not limited to 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) programs have 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

With a new mission to “help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential” we are committed to become the premier choice for continuing higher education both locally and globally.

College of Continuing 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 the region and beyond. Through its degree and 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 lifestyle.

At CCPE we value providing access and opportunity, innovation, pursuit of excellence, integrity, quality customer service, collaboration, and diversity. Our strategic priorities for the next few years are as follows:

  • Work in collaboration with colleges across the university, develop and offer a minimum of five new undergraduate and graduate degree programs that respond to market needs.
  • Identify programs to be offered fully online or through a hybrid approach. Develop and market these to national and international audiences.
  • Emphasize continuous improvement of our existing Special Sessions degree, certificate, professional, and workforce development programs.
  • Build on the excellent reputation and accomplishment of CITT, METRANS, and CSULB. Leverage our close proximity to the nation’s largest port complex to create opportunities for program growth worldwide.
  • Expand our diverse educational programs across the globe.
  • Identify sources of external funding and pursue the most viable opportunities.

Through its work, CCPE advances the mission of Extended Education in the CSU system outlined by its 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