Group Photo, Left to Right:
Josh Mann: AVBOT President; Kenneth W. Santarelli: Director, Antelope Valley Engineering Program; Dhushy Sathianathan: CSULB Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Planning; Jason Caudle: Lancaster Deputy City Manager; Marcea Ascencio: CSULB Student; Mike Wallace: Northup Grumman Corporation.

For Immediate Release


September 10, 2015. Long Beach, CA— Today, California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) College of Engineering announced that its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Completion Program, offered in the Antelope Valley, has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The announcement was made at the Lancaster University Center which hosts the Antelope Valley program. The Antelope Valley is home to Edwards Air Force Base and Mojave Air & Space Port, as well as numerous other aerospace companies including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed and more.

Marcea Ascencio Electrical Engineering studentOffered in partnership with CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, the Engineering B.S. Degree Completion Program is designed for students who are interested in completing their B.S. degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and have completed their first two years of coursework at a community college or other university.

The program is a shared commitment between CSULB, industry and government partners, and community colleges in the greater Antelope Valley, ensuring that the region has access to high-quality, affordable education in engineering, while providing students unprecedented access to the industry, including internships with local companies and organizations. In fact, with the numerous career options in the Antelope Valley aerospace industry, graduates of the program have enjoyed a 100% placement rate to date.

“The CSULB Engineering Degree Completion Program is wonderful for the Antelope Valley,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “From testing fighter jets and bombers, to developing Virgin Galactic spacecraft and hosting space shuttle landings, our region has a proud tradition of aerospace development. It is crucial for us to have such programs so that we can train a new generation of trailblazing engineers. This program helps us keep our talent local, enabling students and professionals to complete their degrees without needing to leave the region.”

ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation ensures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, while anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“We are very excited to have the official recognition of the ABET,” said Dr. Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering. “Our Antelope Valley Engineering program has been remarkable from the start with our alternative cohort model, aerospace-central location, small class sizes, and unparalleled industry access. Now, endorsed by a globally recognized accreditor, the program continues to excel.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support. The reviews are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits almost 3,500 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at

For more information about CSULB’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Completion Program in the Antelope Valley, visit