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PEPPERDINE EXTENDS MBA PATH TO DESERT CLASSES OFFERED IN PALMDALE.

Byline: KAREN MAESHIRO

Staff Writer

PALMDALE -- Expanding higher-education opportunities in the Antelope Valley, Pepperdine University's business school will begin offering an MBA program in the spring.

Evening classes for the two-year master's in business administration program will be taught by Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management faculty at the AERO Institute, located in Palmdale's civic center on Sierra Highway.

"What a wonderful addition and what it means to the residents of the Antelope Valley looking for closer-to-home higher education," Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. "It doesn't get any better."

The AERO Institute is a consortium involving NASA, the city of Palmdale and academia, as a base for its operations to promote science and technology education.

Malibu-based Pepperdine will join five other universities offering mainly engineering and business courses through distance learning or on-site classes at the AERO Institute.

The other universities are California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Purdue University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the University of Southern California; and California Institute of Technology.

Pepperdine will be the second to offer an MBA degree. Fifteen graduate students completed MBAs last year through Cal Poly Pomona.

Classes in Pepperdine's Fully Employed MBA program are scheduled to begin in April and will be from 6 to 10 Tuesday and Thursday evenings. As part of the inaugural program, Pepperdine will be offering $30,000 in scholarships.

The program is aimed at midcareer professionals and managers in aerospace and other sectors and will combine "academic rigor with relevant business practices," school officials said.

"Coming to the Antelope Valley and partnering with all of you is very much in keeping with our heritage," said Linda Livingstone, dean of the Graziadio School.

The business school also has five other regional campuses around Southern California, including Encino, Pasadena and Westlake Village.

Livingstone said the school has begun recruiting students and already has people moving through the application process.

For information about the MBA program, call (310) 568-5759 or go to http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/av.

The program was the result of several months of talks between Pepperdine and officials from the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, the local chambers, the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance and the AERO Institute.

Pepperdine chose to expand to the Antelope Valley because of tremendous support and interest from business and community leaders and because the region is an underserved market with regard to graduate business education, officials said.

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