The home of the University of Notre Dame’s California branch is open. The school has begun holding classes for its Silicon Valley Semester program at the Palo Alto facility.
The facility is in an AT&T building in downtown Palo Alto and includes room for 55 students as well as conference rooms, offices and "innovation space." The university partnered on the building with AT&T, which funded the renovation.
The Silicon Valley Semester program involves a full academic course load for students as well as an internship at one of several tech companies in the area. The program is beginning with 10 Notre Dame juniors, but Notre Dame California Interim Director Patrick Flynn says he expects that number to grow in the future.
The university is also working with the California branch to develop graduate programs, strengthen research and boost alumni engagement on the West Coast.
AT&T and Notre Dame plan a formal dedication ceremony for the facility in the future.