Brandman celebrates the grand opening of the new Central Valley campus
“With the flexible nature of our university’s learning modalities we are serving more students from a wider area in the South San Joaquin Valley, and this new location will provide us a centralized place to come together,” Sonia Gutierrez-Mendoza, campus director. “We also recognize the ability of our students to positively impact our community and look forward to our central campus serving as a hub for community and corporate partners to gather and contribute to our programs that can have a direct impact on employment and workforce needs of the region.”
At the celebratory ribbon cutting on Tuesday, April 23,Visalia Mayor Bob Link noted Brandman’s legacy in the community.
“They have built a distinct culture of adult learners who persevere and continue their journey of growth and personal excellence,” Link said. “With a real-world curriculum and dedicated resources, Brandman University provides educational opportunities that help strengthen our city.”
Todd Barlow, Kings County Superintendent of Schools, has first-hand experience with Brandman’s dedication to serving adult learners. He told the crowd of university administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and partners about one of his employees who attended Brandman and is now eligible for a preliminary teaching credential.
“Brandman University is solving the teacher shortage crisis one teacher at a time,“ Barlow said. “(The employee) is a single mother of three and in a difficult situation: a toddler and high schoolers. When I think about her, I imagine her schedule and late nights and weekends. As a single mother who is attending school, she would not have been able to do that without a very flexible schedule. Brandman University provided her with that.”
One of the things I appreciate about Brandman is they’re modeling for us in higher education what we’re trying to do in the K-12 world, and that’s meet students where they are and get them to where they need to be,” said Tim Hire, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools.
Brandman opened a Visalia campus in 1994, and one in Hanford in 2000. More than 1,600 students have earned their degrees at the two campuses since their inceptions. Next year, the Lemoore Air Force Base campus will celebrate 50 years of serving that community.
“For more than 60 years Brandman University has been committed to providing adult students realistic opportunities to gain relevant college degrees through flexible learning formats and curricula that is geared to regional and industry needs. Our new Visalia campus will deliver on this commitment to students throughout Visalia, Hanford and Lemoore as they seek the economic prosperity that can be attained from higher education,” said Chancellor Gary Brahm.
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