When students enroll at any of the CSU campuses, they expect to receive a high-quality education that extends far beyond the traditional classroom setting. And the CSU delivers - offering unique learning opportunities through quality degree programs. As a leader in preparing California's workforce, the 23-campus system is committed to providing students with the resources that enrich their college experience. This mission is shared with companies and organizations across the state who are teaming up with the CSU to meet California's need to bolster degree completion rates and close the workforce skills gap.

These collaborations are referred to as Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). PPP are joint efforts between a CSU campus and the private sector or another public institution. Through PPP, the CSU offers state-of-the-art campus facilities that support unique educational programs and deliver innovative solutions promoting student engagement and ultimately, student success. PPP provide students with undergraduate research, hands-on learning, internships, and service-learning opportunities, giving them a strategic advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.

Read on to learn about some of the CSU's partnership projects:




San Jose State University

  • Community-university-city partnership between the Central San Jose community, San Jose State University, and the City of San Jose.
  • Creates and supports 50 community action projects annually, ranging from after-school tutoring and nutrition education to adult financial literacy classes.
  • Faculty members apply subject-matter expertise to solve real-world problems while students engage in solving community issues such as food access, educational attainment, and the built environment. 
  • Over the past decade, SJSU's faculty and student participation has generated a multitude of studies and research for the San José community, including a five-year comparison of social capital indicators within the service area.


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Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
California State University, Los Angeles

  • Partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Cal State LA.
  • State-of-the-art crime lab and teaching facility, used by scientists from the LA Police Department and the LA County Sheriff's Department.
  • Houses the university's Criminal Justice and Criminalistics program, with the facility and its laboratories used by Cal State LA students and faculty.
  • Houses the California Forensic Science Institute.


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Innovation Village
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  • 65-acre mixed-use technology park, located on campus land, provides opportunities for Cal Poly Pomona's students and faculty to participate in work, study and research partnerships with the Village's tenants, including Southern California Edison and American Red Cross.
  • The Village's tenants also support the university by hiring Cal Poly Pomona graduates.


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Fab Lab
California State University, Bakersfield

  • Partnership between The Fab Foundation, Chevron, and CSU Bakersfield.
  • Offers hands-on, project-based learning opportunities to the community, with particular emphasis on STEM education for students in grades K – 12.
  • The Lab consists of fabrication tools and prototyping machines such as laser cutters, 3D Printers, and milling machines, used for making (almost) anything.
  • CSUB students and faculty have open access to The Lab and all equipment.
  • CSUB students have the opportunity to assist in The Lab for pay or college credit.

For more information on service-learning opportunities available to CSU students, visit http://www.calstate.edu/cce/.