- Rebecca Pereira

Term : June, 2015
Department : EHS
Program : Environmental S&H MGT

Rebecca Pereira’s lifelong passion is keeping people safe. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a firefighter. After studying at Extension, she recently landed what she says is her real dream job: Health and Safety Manager, Americas, at a top technology company.

 Twenty years ago, Pereira took her first Extension course while working as an admin at a remediation company. She later joined the American Society of Safety Engineers and met Extension instructor Jay Jamali, who encouraged her to pursue the Occupational Health and Safety certificate.

 “The instructors are enthusiastic,” Pereira says. “[They] teach because they care about educating others. Having someone who might really be a business peer evaluating your work is really helpful.”

 Class Project Repurposed at Work

“The skills I learned in class really improved how I put together training materials,” she says. When her employer asked her to put together a three-year strategic plan, Pereira was able to use a recent course project—an EH&S Risk Prioritization and Strategic Plan—as the basis for her plan.

 Always More to Learn

One of the most important things she learned was how to find the right information when she needed it. “It’s a lot bigger field than you realize,” she says. “There’s no way one person can be an expert in every area.”

 Though Pereira is one course away from completing the certificate, she has already reaped the rewards.

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