San Francisco Bay University is training a workforce that can meet the demands of the 21st century. The school has been named California’s top feeder college to Silicon Valley companies for two years running, with 70 percent of its graduates hired by major firms. In part, SFBU’s success stems from its emphasis on science and entrepreneurship.

“It’s crucial to open your mind and be prepared to accept all kinds of new technologies,” said Mary Morse, president of SFBU. “The future belongs to those who are not afraid to embrace it.” Support from the school’s corporate partners helps students pull in internships and full-time jobs with top tech employers after graduation. SFBU is working closely with companies like Apple, Google, IBM, and Cisco to build a pipeline of STEM talent that can meet the needs of Bay Area businesses.

“We are seeing more students chasing careers in computer science,” said Dr. Susan Atkins, vice president for university advancement at SFBU. “A lot of our programs are in high demand.” For example, the university’s computer game development bachelor’s degree program is so popular that SFBU implemented a lottery system to choose students.

SFBU has launched joint programs with some of its corporate partners, including Apple and IBM. The school offers classes twice a year on Apple platforms like iBooks, iPods, and iPhones. With the help of Apple instructors, students learn how to empower themselves and their clients with iOS technology. In conjunction with IBM, SFBU offers a three-day workshop on Java programming. Graduates from both programs have landed internships and full-time jobs at top companies, including Facebook.

SFBU also provides corporate partners with feedback on whether new courses are working. For example, SFBU and Cisco consult with each other on new classes and initiatives to make sure the curriculum is relevant in the industry.

“We’ve been able to meet workforce demands by working closely with local businesses,” said Dr. Dianna Morgan, vice president for academic affairs at SFBU. “The future of our graduates depends largely on the connections they make with their professors and industry leaders.” In addition, students who play a role in developing new courses or curriculum at SFBU have an advantage when applying for jobs.

“We really encourage students to get involved,” said Elizabeth Bryant, a sophomore at SFBU. “It helps set you apart from other graduates.” SFBU students have access to many extracurricular activities, including a dance team, comedy club, and Mortar Board Senior National Honors Society chapter.

“There’s always something going on at SFBU,” said Dr. Michael McGee, president of SFBU. “Our environment is open and welcoming.” SFBU offers six bachelor’s degrees, two associate degrees, four minors, and five certificates.

The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SFBU has transfer agreements with several state universities, including California State University Dominguez Hills, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University.

SFBU opened its doors in 2010 as a private university to meet the workforce’s needs in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is one of California’s fastest-growing universities, with more than 200 students enrolled in 2014.