Fresno State and Ruiz Foods officials break ground on an expansion at the Craig School of Business at Fresno State.

published on June 7, 2018 - 2:27 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

The Craig School of Business at Fresno State has broken ground on class space for the students of their accelerated and advanced programs.

Designed by Darden Architects, the 4,800-square-foot extension is being constructed to accommodate the executive MBA and accelerated bachelor’s programs. According to Craig School Dean Robert Harper, the classrooms will be similar to the ones already in place.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to build one executive-style classroom, which our more senior executive MBAs get to house on Saturdays,” Harper said. “But often we’ll have another cohort that has to go into a more traditional classroom and we’ll even have accelerated bachelor’s program students come on Saturdays for eight hours to take classes.”

According to Harper, the project — the Ruiz Foods Executive Classrooms — was expected to cost approximately $3.5 million, $1 million of which was donated by Ruiz Foods.

“We feel strongly that the best way to give back is to invest in our future—in the students—and making sure they have the best opportunities available to them,” said Kim Ruiz-Beck, chairperson of Ruiz foods.

The classes are expected to be open and running for the Summer 2019 semester.

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