Carole Lucido 2013-09-21 03:43:52
Cal Poly Offers New Graduate Certificate Program in Facilities Maintenance & Operations A new graduate certificate program will debut this fall at California Polytechnic State (Cal Poly) University, San Luis Obispo. You may recall reading in last year’s AFE newsletter, about a new graduate certificate program in the planning stages at California Polytechnic State (Cal Poly)University, San Luis Obispo, California. Aft er years of planning, Bob Dills, past president of AFE Silicon Valley and IFMA Silicon Valley, and Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA, a professor of construction management at Cal Poly, are proud to announce that the certificate program has been scheduled for the coming fall term. According to an email written by Jackson, “…the first Facilities Management & Operations (FMO) graduate certificate course is scheduled and the registration process is open on the Cal Poly extended education website. All six courses are scheduled to be delivered this next academic year—one in fall, two in winter, two in spring, and the final one in summer 2014 to complete the first enrollment and delivery cycle. If demand is present, we will deliver the first course again in winter or spring to launch a second cohort. FINALLY— it is happening!” Jackson added that she planned to use the GROW block party held in July to launch a dedicated and strategic recruiting effort to attract a more diverse population to a Cal Poly CM/FMO education. She wrote: “We would like to discuss how Cal Poly and this GROW group, IFMA and AFE, could strategically partner to support Silicon Valley students in their efforts and opportunities to achieve a quality college education. This could be as incoming freshmen or transfer students from San Jose-area community colleges.” Raffy Espiritu, AFE-SV chapter president said, “This is welcome news! We at AFE need to promote this program to our membership and to our colleagues at IFMA and BOMA.” Dills explained that the courses have been scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays to allow for the participation of working adults. Although the first session, which begins in September, will be held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, future sessions will be a hybrid of online and on campus. Dills explained that professionals, who hold bachelor’s degrees, will receive graduate certificates, upon the successful completion of the program. However, professionals without degrees are also welcome to enroll in individual courses. They will receive university credit upon the successful completion of each course. “The benefit for all is that this program will fill in the gaps in their experience,” said Dills. “For example, it covers finance for facilities professionals, a topic that some facilities professionals may not have mastered. For those without a degree, successful completion of this course will add another level of credibility to their resume.” For additional information visit the Cal Poly website at: http://www.catalog.calpoly.edu/.
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