CBU celebrates grand opening of Temecula Center


CBU President Ronald L. Ellis cuts the ribbon for the new Temecula Education Center, located at the Promenade Temecula. The new satellite center will offer bachelor and master degree programs both online and in a hybrid format.
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California Baptist University dedicated its new Temecula Education Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 30. More than 100 faculty, staff and members of the community attended the ceremony held at the Promenade Temecula. 

“Today marks a milestone for California Baptist University and the adult education learner in the Temecula Valley,” said David Poole, CBU Online and Professional Studies Division vice president, at the grand opening. “This center was established by CBU to respond to the very different needs of the ‘new normal’ generation of students – the non-traditional student that balances professional and family responsibilities while advancing their education. By opening a state-of-the-art, full service-learning center right in the center of the community, we can offer bachelor and master degree programs in an online or hybrid format. Given the convenience of our new location, our administration, faculty and staff at California Baptist University also become an integral part of this wonderful community.”

CBU President Ronald L. Ellis said the growth is part of the university’s response to changes in the local, regional and global job market. He noted that CBU has grown from six students in 1950 to more than 6,000 this fall, seven times the enrollment when he became president in 1994. 

“All indicators point toward continued growth in enrollment in the coming years, in particular the adult student market,” Ellis said.

The new education center in Temecula is part of more than $200 million CBU has invested since 2001 to improve its main campus facilities and extend learning off campus in the online and hybrid environment.

The new location features state-of-the-art classrooms, a WebEx conference room, staff and faculty offices, a student Internet café and lounge area and staff and student break room.

Ted Meyer, dean of enrollment services for CBU online, said “the Temecula education center provides access to local students and business leaders as a one stop shop for enrollment services, hybrid courses close to work or home and a welcoming location for online student study groups or meetings with faculty.”

Ellis and Poole thanked those who have supported the university’s expansion into the Temecula Valley.

For more information contact CBU Online & Professional Studies – Temecula Education Center at 951-343-5220 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu.  The center is located at 40764 Winchester Rd., Suite 590, Temecula, CA 92591.


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