Fresno State will celebrate its new Downtown Center at Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.) with an open house and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Under the direction of the Division of Continuing and Global Education, Fresno State’s Downtown Center offers non-credit professional development courses to the public.

The agenda will include brief remarks by Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, Provost Lynnette Zelezny, and Continuing and Global Education dean Scott Moore, as well as Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea and Fresno City Council Member Paul Caprioglio.

Fresno State’s classes at the Downtown Center include topics such as career development and entrepreneurial skills, grant writing, digital marketing, business writing, water-wise landscaping, horticulture and Adobe software design.

Following the ribbon cutting, guests can tour the building, which was constructed in 1914 by James C. Phelan as one of the first indoor car dealerships in California. Bitwise South Stadium is now home to several dozen technology and entrepreneurial companies, a UPS store, a gym, a private theatre, a café (under construction) and the Geekwise Academy that offers basic computer coding classes.

Guests are also invited to attend a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on creating a water-wise landscape. Offered in collaboration with the City of Fresno Water Conservation Division, the session led by Susan Stiltz is the first in a series of three workshops focusing on ways area residents can continue to enjoy their gardens while using water-wise techniques.

For details, visit, email or call 559.278.0333.

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