The Orfalea College of Business will soon partner with local businesses to support projects for undergraduate students studying human resources and management. The affiliations will support BUS 386: Employee Training and Development, offered during fall 2014 and spring 2015.

Businesses in the region can still participate in the project by reaching out to Cal Stevens, adjunct professor, before classes begin Sept. 22. Or, businesses can make arrangements now to participate in spring quarter next year.

Stevens says the collaboration provides critical experience to upper-division business students who are mastering training-need analysis, learning design, program delivery, and evaluation for companies of varying sizes. After interviewing key leaders and performing thorough background research on each company, the students will perform organizational and learning-need analyses with the affiliated businesses and develop plans to guide their employee training tactics.

“The partnership between Cal Poly and area businesses is a vital one,” Stevens said. “It’s a great reciprocal arrangement. The businesses provide learning opportunities for students and in return are provided insightful recommendations and action plans to better their business.”

Stevens can be reached by local businesses interested in participating at (916) 765-1976 or

About the Orfalea College of Business and Cal Poly

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