Grand Opening Celebrates Official Arrival of Cal State LA Downtown

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Grand Opening Celebrates Official Arrival of Cal State LA Downtown

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 12, 2016 - Cal State LA President William A. Covino will welcome Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, both scheduled to attend, as well as other elected officials and business, civic and non-profit organization leaders to the Cal State LA Downtown grand opening event. The reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cal State LA Downtown opened in January 2016 with the mission of providing high-quality university programs and teaching in the heart of Los Angeles. The 21,000-square-feet, state-of-the-art facility is located at West 8th Street and South Grand Avenue, at the edge of the Financial District. The area is in the midst of a residential development boom, with thousands of apartments under construction or in the pipeline. The new campus is a short distance from important downtown commercial centers including the Figueroa Corridor, Arts District, Fashion District and Civic Center.

Cal State L.A. offers undergraduate and graduate programs at the site, as well as professional development and certificate programs. Program offerings focus on meeting the needs of working professionals, those in career transition and those seeking personal enrichment. To that end, Cal State LA is the only public university to launch a Fully Employed MBA* program in downtown Los Angeles, which is scheduled to begin in early 2017.

“We are extremely pleased that Cal State LA now has an even stronger presence in a part of the city that is flourishing,” said President Covino. “By becoming a local higher education resource in downtown Los Angeles, Cal State LA will meet the needs of 21st Century students where they work and live.”

“Cal State LA provides rich and innovative learning experiences designed to produce leaders locally, regionally and globally,” said Cal State LA Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lynn Mahoney. “Through academic excellence and scholarship, our timely and relevant programs will continue to fulfill workforce demands.”

“Cal State LA Downtown awareness and interest continues to grow amongst residents and workers,” said Cal State LA Dean of Professional and Global Education Eric Bullard. “As a result, the evolution of our programs and courses is an ever-evolving process and key in attracting and addressing the needs of both current and future students.”

Cal State LA Downtown's address is 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90017.

*Program subject to University and Chancellor’s Office approval.

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