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College of Communication & Education

Why Choose the College of Communication and Education?

If you are looking for an academic home that is committed to creating meaningful, marketable and memorable experiences for students, then CME is right for you!  The College of Communication and Education houses a diverse array of academic departments, including: 

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While our programs span diverse field, they are all designed to provide students with the tools they need to launch both successful careers and rich, full and engaged lives. 

CME Skills In Demand

Across all our majors, students have the opportunity to combine academic disciplinary knowledge with professional, applied skills and experiences that are highly relevant for today’s complex and changing labor market.

Indeed, our programs provide hands-on learning for both the “soft” and “hard” skills that companies need most now(opens in new window).  Across all our majors, students are trained in the increasingly important and vital “soft” skills of creativity, persuasion, and collaboration.  Importantly, our students also leave our programs with the most in-demand “hard” skills including:

  • Digital marketing
  • People management
  • Universal design
  • Video production
  • Translation
  • Audio production
  • Social media marketing
  • Journalism
  • Customer service systems
  • Computer graphics
  • Corporate communications

Unique CME Opportunities

Our College offers unparalleled and unique contexts for applied learning where students practice and hone these critical skills, including:

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  • Tehama Group Communications (TGC)

    Tehama Group Communications is a full service, student managed Public Relations agency, housed in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, that serves a wide variety of paying clients and specializes in providing social media strategy, brand development, media relations, graphic design and photography/videography.

  • Field School

    Offered through the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, Field school provides opportunities for students to offer their time and talents to support and protect California's national and state forests, parks, and trails and is perfect for students interested in learning more about the great outdoors and career opportunities in natural and cultural heritage preservation.

  • Speech and Debate Team (Forensics)

    The Speech and Debate team, housed in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, participates in both individual and team intercollegiate competitions in various advocacy and argumentation skills including public speaking, policy analysis and debate, and persuasion. Students interested in careers in law, civil service, or other contexts where research, analysis, persuasion, and highly honed oral and written communication skills are valued, will find this experience highly useful. Chico State's Speech and Debate Team has a rich history of competitive success. 

  • Media, Entertainment and Technology Collaboration (METX)

    METX offers students interested in journalism, public relations, media arts, and computer animation and game development an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to interactive storytelling using cutting-edge virtual- and augmented-reality technologies. Students have breated both impressive narrative products and web-based portfolios documenting their contributions to their projects for Sierra Nevada Brewery, Lundberg Farms, and others.

  • Autism Clinic

    One of the many opportunities to serve the community in the College, the Autism Clinic, housed in the Department of Kinesiology, promotes the sensory, motor, communicative, and cognitive skills of individuals with autism, and their families, through a multi-sensory approach to learning. The clinic is staffed by faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate student volunteers. Student volunteers gain valuable experience through assisting with hands-on play and programming for individuals, nutrition research and advising, creating story boards and social stories, program implementation, assisting with research, as well as a variety of other opportunities.

  • Student Teaching

    As undergraduates, students interested in teaching careers have opportunities to work in the field in classrooms as part of their coursework in the Liberal Studies program. As post-baccalaureate students, credential candidates in the School of Education are placed in the field for two semesters where they work and co-teach with experienced teachers in our region's schools.

  • Center for Communication Disorders (CCD)

    Housed in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, the Center for Communication Disorders provides both diagnostic and rehabilitative services for individuals with communication disorders. The CCD serves as a training clinic for students in the CMSD graduate program under the supervision of Master Clinicians in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Under such supervision, student clinicians have the opportunity to work with individuals with a variety of communication disorders including articulation/phonology, language, voice, and fluency. In addition to the vital role the CCD plays in the clinical development of graduate students, the clinic also provides services to residents in our community at no cost.


Stories of Student Success!

Veronica Becerra-Lopez ('18) - Media Arts, Design and Technology

Uriel Lopez Jr. ('18) - Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management

Ryan Lobsien ('18) - Communication Arts and Sciences

CME Student Resources

CME Student Success Advisor
Shawna Lucas

Shawna Lucas is the College of Communication and Education's Student Success Advisor. She helps students with major/minor exploration, course selection, career information, community building and more. You can find Shawna in Tehama Hall, room 277.

You can set an appointment with Shawna by clicking here or email her at .

CME Student Academic Senator
Caitlin Morris

Caitlin Morris serves as the Senator for the College of Communication and Education (CME). She is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in French. Please visit her during her zoom hours (Mon. and Weds. 12-2pm & Fri. 1-2pm) if you have any questions or you can email her at

CME Departments
Communication Arts and Sciences - Tehama Hall, room 201 Journalism and Public Relations - Tehama Hall, room 207 Kinesiology - Yolo Hall, room 243 Liberal Studies - Tehama Hall, room 211 Media Arts, Design, and Technology - Tehama Hall, room 205 Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management - Tehama Hall, room 173 School of Education - Tehama Hall, room 101
CME Dean's Office
College of Communication and Education Dean's Office - Tehama Hall, room 203
  • Dean - Angela Trethewey
  • Associate Dean - Deborah Summers
  • 530-898-4015