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Professional Development

The UBC’s goal is to provide educational and professional development opportunities. Here are few UBC programs aimed at enhancing your professional development.

Customized Corporate Training

The UBC provides specialized management and executive level training to several area companies. The UBC works with the company executives and Craig School of Business faculty to develop a successful program that is tailor made to meet your business needs. Training can be done on-site or in the state of the art facilities at the UBC. Topics can range from general management skills such as: Leadership, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Employment Law, Conflict Resolution, Effective & Persuasive Business Writing, Operational Cash Flow to industry specific skills such as: Agribusiness Finance, Real Estate Appraisal, Risk Management Assessment, Family Business Succession Planning and many others.

For more information on customized training please contact the UBC at (559) 278-2352.

Agricultural Lending Institute (ALI)

As the premier institute for Ag lending professionals, ALI's goal is to develop effective leaders in agricultural finance. The training program involves two one-week sessions designed to be completed over a two-year period. Over the last fourteen years more than 250 participants have successfully completed the training.

ALI is a joint project of the Ag Lenders Society of California and the University Business Center at the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. For more information please visit:

Project Management

In partnership with the California Central Valley PMI® Chapter the UBC is providing PMP® Exam Prep Courses for participants interested in becoming PMP® Certified by the Project Management Institute®.

The UBC is also recognized as the PMI® Registered Education Provider PMI REP(R.E.P.). PMI R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders. To earn the R.E.P. designation, a provider must meet or exceed rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness as defined by PMI.

For more information and training availability please contact the UBC at (559) 278-2352 or visit

PMI, PMP, and the REP Logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Economic Development Certificate Program (EDC)

This program is for both new professionals entering the field of economic development and existing professionals including elected officials who want to advance their career and better serve their community. Participants have the opportunity to learn emerging economic development concepts while developing a network of connections and resources throughout California. The program is presented by California State University, Fresno Office of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the University Business Center, California Association for Local Economic Development, and the California Academy for Economic Development.

• IEDC Accredited
• Valuable Professional Networking Opportunity
• Cutting-edge Economic Development Tools and Trends

For more information, call 559.278.2352 or visit

Community Development Institute (CDI)

Improving Communities and Increasing Opportunities

CDI California provides practical, interactive, and comprehensive training designed to meet the needs of economic and community development professionals working in a fast paced environment. CDI California builds the capacity of individuals and communities to effectively and positively impact economic and social development. Never before has the practice of community development been more important than it is today. As the world grows smaller through the increased use of global communications, communities of all sizes are finding their boundaries are expanding beyond their city limits. To register, please click here.

Supply Chain Management 

In partnership with the LeanCor Supply Chain Group and their LeanCor Online Academy this program provides individuals with an opportunity to access online training modules and enhance their skill in the area of supply chain management and leadership. 

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Currently two modules are available as described below. 

1. Lean Fundamentals 

This module provides individuals and their teams with an opportunity to learn or refresh their knowledge. This 90-minute e-learning course covers topics such as waste, stability, standardization, 5S, flow, quality at the source, visual management, and more. 

2. Certified Online Lean Training for Leaders

Based on the Shingo Award-winning leadership book PEOPLE this is a lean certification course participants can take from anywhere online. This interactive e-learning course enable participants to:

  • Build the lean culture that continuously drives business results in total cost reduction, process improvement, decreased People Bookturnover and more.
  • Leverage lean principles to become a more effective leader, manage people, and drive operational excellence.  
  • Improve value stream processes that impact the entire organization. 
  • Learn how to create action-driven measurement systems for successful teams. 

For more information, call 502-424-0793 or visit


Degree Programs:

Accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration (ABBA)

The Accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration (ABBA) provides transfer students with an opportunity to complete their last 60 units in 16 months. You can read about the admission requirements by clicking here. The ABBA program was designed as a Special Option with focus on general knowledge in Business Administration. The courses are taught in a cohort format (participants go through all the courses with the same group of students from start to finish), in the evenings and on weekends. Approximately one third of the courses will be offered online. Due to the nature of this program, the seating is limited. For more information please call (559) 278-2352 or visit:


Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

The UBC provides administrative support to the Graduate Programs at the Craig School of Business for the Executive MBA program. This 17-months Executive MBA program is designed for mangers and executives who wants to pursue an MBA, but cannot attend the traditional Monday through Thursday 16-week semester program. For more information please contact Tom Burns, Manager Graduate Business Program, Craig School of Business at (559) 278-2107 or via e-mail at You can also visit the program’s web site at:


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