Grant Increases Degree Program Offerings in Redding
CSU, Chico and Shasta College will be enhancing their partnership offering educational programs in Redding thanks to a $782,500 grant from The McConnell Foundation.
The grant will support classes offered in Redding in the following degree programs: BS in Business Administration, BA/BS in Liberal Studies, BS in Nursing, and a BS in Environmental Sciences.
The funds will go toward faculty teaching costs, new classroom technologies, and educational materials over a period of five years.
Classes will be held at Shasta College in Redding and, when construction is completed, the new Health Sciences and University Center building in downtown Redding. CSU, Chico has offered a number of classes at Shasta College, including MBA classes, since 1997. While CSU, Chico faculty travel to Shasta College to teach classes, some classes will be offered online. Shasta College is receiving $75,000 via the new grant to equip one classroom for distance education technology.
“This generous gift from The McConnell Foundation provides a very important boost to students in our service area,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “By collaborating to aid the North State, Chico State, Shasta College, and The McConnell Foundation are making a critical statement about enhancing the educational and economic opportunities in our region.”
“It has been a high priority of the Foundation Board to help provide four-year public college opportunities in Redding,” said Lee Salter, McConnell’s President and CEO.
“Our students are very excited to be able to complete their bachelor’s degrees in Redding,” said Carolyn Borg, Shasta College University Center director. “Many of our students are place-bound, and can’t easily leave their jobs and families to attend college. We are very appreciative of The McConnell Foundation for bringing affordable baccalaureate programs to the community.”