CSUB joins with local businesses to add occupational safety and health program

October 28, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Occupational Safety and Health Photo

Local employers are in need of qualified occupational safety and heath professionals with an emphasis on qualified. To meet the demand, California State University, Bakersfield has joined with local safety engineers to develop courses in occupational safety, safety management, fire safety and hazardous material, and industrial hygiene.

Earlier today Work Force Staffing, a locally owned staffing company, committed $150,000 to the partnership. Brooks Whitehead, owner and president of Work Force Staffing, made the donation official with the presentation of a check during a special event.

"There is a huge demand for a local occupational safety program," said Whitehead to a large contingent of CSUB faculty and community members. "Right now both those entering the field and professionals wanting to advance have to go out of town for their education. We're pleased to be part of making this educational program available in Bakersfield."

The new series of courses will now enable students earning a bachelor's in environmental resource management to attain a concentration in occupational safety and heath. The educational standards committee of the American Society of Safety Engineers is assisting with course content development.

"The support from Work Force Staffing really kick-starts the program," said John Emery, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. "Public-private partnerships, like this one, enable the university to meet the needs of employers by making sure our graduates have the professional skills and knowledge needed to be successful. We look forward to watching this program grow."

In recognition for their gift, the main conference room in Science III will be named for Work Force Staffing.

For additional information about the new occupational safety and health program at CSUB, contact Aaron Hegde at (661) 654-2495.

PHOTO ATTACHED: Work Force Staffing presents $150,000 check to CSUB. Pictured left to right: Julio Blanco, dean, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; John Emery, dean, School of Business and Administration; Brooks Whitehead, president, Work Force Staffing, and his wife, Donna Whitehead; Horace Mitchell, CSUB president; Aaron Hegde, director, environmental resource management program.