Student Stories

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Sivaguru Manian
Software Engineer Lands New Job After Completing...
What if you could communicate with drones to help schedule package deliveries? Sivaguru Manian, together with classmates from his mobile application development courses, started designing an app that could do just that. Manian had moved to California from India, where he had studied computer...
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Khadar Alikhan
IT Consultant Discovers the Power of Big Data at UCSC...
Khadar Alikhan’s career in IT and technology has taken him all over the world, from England to Dubai. After working as an IT manager at an investment bank for a few years, he visited his wife in Silicon Valley, where she was pursuing a graduate degree. That trip inspired his decision to...
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Danni Pascuma
Museum Manager Transitions into New Role After...
Before she worked for a Bay Area children’s museum, Danni Pascuma worked alongside a teaching artist with the Guggenheim in New York, where she helped introduce art curriculum into elementary schools. Though she already had a master’s in arts administration and experience working with...
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Haidee Lim
Extension Transforms a Career: IT Solution Designer...
Are you thinking about a major career shift? Haidee Lim accomplished one with the confidence that comes from having not just one, but two certificates from UCSC Extension. After spending eighteen years in the IT industry, Lim left her position at Oracle to focus on managing Baby World...
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Anagha Kelkar-Sane
Biotech Professional Lands R&D Job After...
In spring 2013, after taking a year and a half off to start her family, Anagha Kelkar-Sane made a plan for her career. First step: enroll in UCSC Extension’s Biotechnology certificate program. Find an internship to gain practical experience. Apply for OPT and transition into her first job...
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Dave Blevins
Electrical Engineer Lands New Job After Completing...
After working many years as an electrical engineer, and later a product marketing manager at an information security firm, Dave Blevins found himself at a professional crossroads. While his background was in design automation tools for programmable logic, Blevins knew his true passion was working...
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Michelle North
Experienced Admin Expands Her Professional Community...
After 30 years as an administrative professional, Michelle North functions as ground control for the executives she supports: managing travel, scheduling meetings, organizing special projects. When the opportunity arose for her to pursue professional training, she leaped at the chance and...
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Linda Barcomb
Seasoned EH&S Manager Returns to UCSC Extension...
Soon after landing a position as an environmental health and safety manager for a pharmaceutical company, Linda Barcomb realized she needed to develop some practical on-the-job skills. Her manager referred her to UCSC Extension’s dual Environmental Health and Safety and Occupational Health...
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Tom Nguyen
Software Engineer Translates Skills to Personal...
Tom Nguyen is passionate about financial literacy—not just for himself and his clients, but for the next generation. One summer, in an effort to teach his four kids the value of creating a small business, he showed them how to buy candy at wholesale price, calculate a fair price, and sell...
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Cameo Roberson
Senior Executive Professional Sees Personal Financial...
Cameo Roberson had been working as an operational and legal assistant in the investment world for a number of years when she realized she was ready for a change. She wanted to make an impact in her community, and decided to apply her skills to helping others become more financially responsible....
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Jim Lamascus
Advertising Leader Masters Digital Marketing at UCSC...
Jim Lamascus self-identifies as a “blue collar scholar,” having started his career as an ASE-certified master mechanic, working full-time as he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees and eventually transitioning his auto expertise into a celebrated career as an advertising sales...
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Shunjiro Yatsuzaka
Japanese Engineer Creates Open Source Network in...
When Shunjiro Yatsuzuka moved to Silicon Valley from Japan in 2014, his two main objectives were to pass the CPA exam and to improve his Internet programming skills. He has already laid the ground work for certificates in Internet Programming and Development and Accounting at UCSC Extension...
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Ramesh Aacharya
Doctor Learns the Latest in Clinical Trials at UCSC...
Ramesh Aacharya came to California with an established career in medicine and biomedical ethics. Originally from Nepal, he shifted his attention to clinical trials upon arrival in California, where he discovered UCSC Extension’s Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate program....
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Jacqueline Mims
Experienced Therapist Commutes From Louisiana to...
When Jacqueline Mims found UCSC Extension, she was already an established psychotherapist, guidance counselor and lecturer with more than 20 years of experience, two Ph.D.s and several professional certifications. She was also based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  “In this day and age,...
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Subha Govindarajan
HR Generalist Finds Discovers New Opportunities
When Subha Govindarajan began implementing project management methods at her internship, her organization was so impressed that it was just a matter of time before she transitioned into a full-time employee. Govindarajan adopted techniques that she was learning in her Human Resource Management...

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