Cooperative education blends theory and practice and provides relevance to a college education. It is a program which offers an innovative and expanded dimension to the education received by students at postsecondary institutions. It integrates Cal Poly Pomona's "Learn by Doing" philosophy.
Cooperative education is viewed as being an integral part of Cal Poly Pomona’s curricular offerings and as being consistent with the educational goals of a polytechnic university.
Cal Poly Pomona is among the top public universities in the Western United States and provides a rich academic experience that encourages hands-on learning in every program, course, and activity on campus. Cal Poly is one of only seven polytechnic universities nationwide, and known for its learn-by-doing philosophy.
Cal Poly Pomona is ranked 2nd in the nation for Best Urban & Regional Planning program without a Ph.D. amongst all private and Public schools. 4th best public school in the West Region for campus diversity. 15th in the nation for top undergraduate programs in Engineering. 15th in the nation for Best Graduate Landscape Architecture program. Cal Poly’s College of Business Administration graduate business program was named the best in the country.
Will Keith Kellogg, generally referred to as W.K. Kellogg was born in 1860. He is best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which to this day produces a wide variety of popular breakfast cereals.
Kellogg had a longtime interest in Arabian horse and in 1925, purchased 377 acres (1.5 km2) for $250,000 in Pomona, CA to establish an Arabian horse ranch. The Kellogg Ranch became well known in southern California not only for its horse breeding program but also for its entertaining, weekly horse exhibitions, open to the public and frequently visited by assorted Hollywood celebrities. Following the end of W.W. II, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was in search of an institution to assume operating control over the Kellogg Ranch property.
On October 13, 1949, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation offered custody of the Ranch to the State of California to expand the southern branch of the California State Polytechnic College. Today, under the terms of the grant deed, Cal Poly Pomona continues the tradition of the Ranch including horse exhibitions open to the public.
Over the years, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has thrived, and the two organizations have indeed enjoyed a long-standing relationship.