LRCCD announces closure of Sacramento CITD due to COVID-19 budget impacts

It is with sadness that the Los Rios Community College District announces the closure of the Sacramento Center for International Trade Development (CITD), which has served the Greater Sacramento Region since 1989. 

Unfortunately, the pandemic has challenged the district’s ability to support auxiliary operations such as the CITD. Thus, the CITD will close on August 31, 2020. 

With anticipated reductions to operating budget and fewer ongoing resources, Los Rios Community College District must remain laser-focused on its mission providing students with the courses, programs, and student support services necessary to obtain employment or achieve transfer. 

Since its establishment in 1989 by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the Sacramento Center for International Trade Development has been the Capital Region’s lead business development and training partner for small business export success.  The CITD provided such services as:

  • Export business planning
  • International market intelligence
  • Trade research and policy analysis
  • Staff trainings and workshops
  • International trade show and trade mission facilitation
  • Inbound foreign buyer meetings
  • Foreign national delegation conventions
  • Public-private business dialogues
  • Business match-making
  • Export financing and trade promotion grants for small business, and
  • Student internships.

In partnership with government agencies such as the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the CITD has assisted local businesses in gaining access to and succeeding in international markets.

Additionally, the CITD has provided local and international internships for Los Rios students. The CITD has hosted student events like the Global Entrepreneurship Boot Camp to encourage Los Rios business students to think and act globally. The CITD has also made its resources available to Los Rios faculty.

Going forward and keeping with its mission of offering academic and vocational education to students and members of the community, please refer to the Los Rios Community College website for information regarding academic programs and training classes at a community college near you.

For those seeking technical assistance please refer to these organizations: