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August 8, 2018

College of Business Enhances Flexibility of Management Option at Shasta College in Redding

Graduating students involved in the Redding management option pose together for a photo at the Chico State Commencement Ceremony.

The CSU, Chico College of Business is taking steps to enhance the flexibility and community outreach of its management option for business administration majors to students in the North State at the Shasta College University Center in downtown Redding, California. 

The program will offer hybrid and online courses that allow students more time flexibility with their coursework. Classes using the hybrid format will meet once a week in the classroom for 75 minutes, with online coursework another day of the week. With this format, students will be able to take 15 credit hours and be in the classroom only two nights a week.

Most students are excited about the idea of hybrid classes, as seen by several positive comments on a survey last spring about the format, including one student who wrote: “I think it is a fantastic idea. I don’t prefer purely online classes because I would like to get clarification and answers to questions face-to-face. The hybrid format allows for the best of both worlds.”

Students also liked the convenience of the program by not having to commute to Chico to get their degree—as well as the enjoyment of being in smaller classes, making friends with fellow classmates and working one-on-one with professors, according to survey comments.

More than 60 percent of the students enrolled in fall 2018 are taking 12 credit hours or more, and these classes benefit the many students who work full-time jobs, are parents, or have other obligations. This pilot program will also allow all students to be out of class by 8:15 p.m.

“We are striving to increase access to quality higher education for students in the Redding community,” said management department chair Michael Rehg. “Our mix of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses make for a great learning experience. I have been impressed with the dedication and commitment I have seen from the students in Redding, and their overall performance has been outstanding.”

The CSU, Chico College of Business is dedicated to giving opportunities to students and better serve the North State, which is also a key University priority. With these hybrid classes, we provide more access to courses so students who transfer from Shasta College to the Chico State Business program in Redding can graduate within two years. Since the management option was reinstated in Redding in fall 2016, 50 percent of students who enrolled have graduated within two years.

Furthermore, the College of Business had been actively engaged with leaders from Shasta College, the Redding Chamber of Commerce, McConnell Foundation, 1st District Congressman Brian Dahle’s office, and the local business community to build a richer and deeper connection to the community. This effort has led to the development of a fantastic board of directors that are brainstorming ways to improve access, awareness, and support of this CSU, Chico program in Redding. All the board members have deep connections to the local Redding community and sincerely desire to help this program grow, prosper, and add-value to students’ lives, as well as provide college educated professionals to the local workforce.

“We have a great team of educators, committee members, and staff at Chico State and Shasta College all working with the students’ interests in mind,” said Rehg.

The mission of the business administration program at the Redding Center is to provide a quality, affordable public university education in Redding that is relevant and responsive to our local regional needs. It is the premier choice for Redding locals when selecting a four-year degree. Click here for more information, or call Business Student Advising and Services at 530-898-4480 or the Department of Management at 530-898-5663.

Michael Rehg
Chair, Department of Management
CSU, Chico College of Business
Tehama Hall, Room 305