The Craig School of Business at Fresno State will unveil plans to develop a new Executive Classroom and Training Center to meet the needs of its growing student body and provide a training facility for the Central Valley’s business community.

The project scope and renderings will be unveiled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at a Cinco de Mayo alumni and friends network mixer at 256 N. River Park Circle in Fresno.

“To meet the needs of our exceptional faculty and student body, we must continue to keep pace with current and future business climates,” said Dr. Robert Harper, dean of the Craig School. “The Executive Classroom and Training Center project will transform and expand an outdated space into a modern, state-of-the-art classroom and training facility to better prepare our students for success in the business world.”

The center will also be available to the business community as one of the few executive training facilities in Fresno. When coupled with the Craig School’s existing auditorium and executive classroom, the University Business Center will be able to accommodate conferences and other events that benefit the community and business professionals and will grow the connection between industry partners.

The project consists of the development of a new building as well as renovation of a defunct space and in total adds more than 3,700 square feet of classroom and training facilities with an additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor space for events and student and faculty collaboration.

The cost for the project is about $2 million. The Craig School dedicated $500,000 of funds to kick-start the project and will need to raise $1.5 million to break ground in summer 2017.

For more information, contact Cara Peracchi Douglas, development director, at 559.278.2919 or

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