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CONTINUING EDUCATION Those here in Fresno who wish to continue their education are fortunate to have an abundance of excellent institutions close to home. Serving the Central Valley since 1973, Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and prepares them for professional careers of service and leadership. Located across from Fresno’s Yosemite International Airport, Alliant offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in clinical psychology, applied criminology and organizational psychology, through their California School of Professional Psychology and California School of Forensic Studies. The university also boasts the exceptional Kauffman Library that has been carefully planned to meet the special curricular and research needs of its students. California State University, Fresno is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system and serves Central California’s diverse, growing population. With an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, Fresno State is designated by U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The University offers 62 undergraduate degree programs and 45 master’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional disciplines emphasizing agriculture, business, engineering and technology, health and human services, and education; and doctoral programs in educational leadership, physical therapy and nursing. Fresno City College (FCC), California’s first community college, was established in 1910. FCC is a comprehensive 2-year college that provides a vast array of services to assist students in achieving


their educational goals. The college offers a wide range of academic programs that award associate degrees and certificates. It is dedicated to working collaboratively with the community to enhance the academic, economic and social development of the region. Fresno Pacific University is known for academic rigor, outstanding faculty and degrees that lead to jobs. Non-profit, independent and Christian, FPU serves about 3,500 traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, graduate and seminary students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and regional centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced. Founded in 1944, Fresno Pacific University (FPU) has always welcomed first-generation students, while building the region’s highest four-year graduation rate. To make excellence accessible, FPU offers financial aid to more than 98 percent of traditional undergraduates, as well as a four-year graduation guarantee to qualified students. A Hispanic-Serving Institution, FPU is among the nation’s top 10 HSIs for highest Hispanic graduation rates, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. U.S. News & World Report also ranks FPU in the top tier in its category. At FPU, education centers on faculty. More than 80 percent hold doctorates and all are committed to teaching and scholarship. Small classes and contact beyond the classroom build lifelong student-faculty relationships. Five schools offer programs for all interests. The School of Business attracts the largest number of students, while the School of Natural Sciences focuses on careers in medicine and science. The School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences has respected programs in psychology and peace studies, and graduates of the School of Education are sought by school districts. Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary provides churches and other ministries with pastors, biblical

scholars and marriage and family therapists. Since its establishment in 1906, Heald Fresno has evolved into a leading career college that offers a range of programs in the healthcare, business, legal and technology fields. As the San Joaquin Valley emerges as a great market for new jobs with local employers, Heald continues to carry out a tradition of educating students to become qualified for rewarding careers. Another educational option is The Institute of Technology, Inc. (IOT). Since the original opening of IOT in 1986, it has partnered with the Fresno community to produce employable graduates in their chosen fields of study. IOT provides students with an affordable, career-focused education in a variety of programs in the medical, business, culinary and technical fields. In as little as nine months, IOT students are armed with the skill set, knowledge and work ethic to succeed in their career of choice. IOT is proud to be a provider of productive employees to Fresno’s business community. To learn more about IOT, please visit or call the Clovis campus at (559) 297-4500. Students can also choose ITT Technical Institute to further their education. This is an institution committed to helping men and women develop the skills and knowledge to pursue many opportunities in today’s fastest growing career fields, including electronics, computer programming, computer networking, computer drafting and design and criminal justice. Most ITT Technical Institute programs of study blend traditional academic content with applied learning concepts, with a significant portion devoted to practical study in a lab environment. Advisory committees, comprised of representatives of local

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