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Anastasia M.S. Sulisthio
Aspiring Web Programmer Acquires Interdisciplinary...
Anastasia M.S. Sulisthio just might be setting records at UCSC Extension, where she has pursued certificates in Accounting, Web and Interactive Media Design, Early Childhood Education and ECE: Supervision and Administration, and plans to extend her learning to include Internet Programming and...
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Josie Petkovski
Military Veteran Discovers Passion for Education at...
Josie Petkovski is pursuing a second career teaching ESL and is the mother of a three-year-old. She’s also a veteran living with PTSD. By the time she found UCSC Extension in January 2014, she’d already had a military career and been deployed abroad, started a family, and gotten...
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Karina Law
Experienced HR Professional Returns to UCSC Extension...
Every time Karina Law earns a promotion or moves into a new position, she turns to UCSC Extension’s Human Resource Management curriculum to learn the relevant HR methods and practical applications.  Law works as a Senior Total Rewards Analyst at Symantec. What brought you to UCSC...
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Leena Kadakia
Biomedical Engineer Discovers Regulatory Affairs...
As an engineer, Leena Kadakia often worked alongside regulatory affairs professionals, translating technical concepts. Though her background in chemical and biomedical engineering qualified her for a lot of exciting opportunities, her interests soon shifted into the regulatory realm. Kadakia...
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Jennifer Cass
Experienced Executive Assistant Develops Empowering...
Jennifer Cass had been working as an executive assistant at Sling Media in the Bay Area for a few years when she first learned about UCSC Extension’s unique Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program. She leapt at the opportunity to build critical job skills and expand her...
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Jeremy Wadhams
Instructional Designer Uses New Skills to Create...
Jeremy Wadhams, founder of the educational start-up Wingtip Labs and former instructional designer at Yahoo, was looking for ways to bridge the narrowing gap between technology and instruction when he started taking courses at UCSC Extension. Yahoo serves 700 million users a month, and when he...
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Bryan Rodriguez
Payroll Pro Discovers Passion for HR in Extension’s...
Bryan Rodriguez had been working in payroll and finance for almost 15 years when he decided it was time for a career change. As a payroll supervisor, he felt like he was “one half of the HR equation,” and like any good mathematician, he wanted a better understanding of the equation...
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Shilpa Mydur
Nutritional Scientist Transitions into Regulatory...
When Shilpa Mydur relocated to Silicon Valley from Ohio, she had already completed an M.S. in nutritional science and was working as a product development scientist in an established medical nutritionals company. She was interested in translating her expertise to the medical device industry...
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Priyanka Khanduri
Scientist Rediscovers career path in Biotechnology at...
Before coming to the United States, Priyanka Khanduri was enrolled in a Ph.D. program in India, doing a research project on effect of climate change on biodiversity of high altitude Himalayan flora. This avid student of chemistry and life sciences had to take a break from her career and passion...
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Jayakumar Gunasekaran
Programmer Lands Software Engineering Job at San...
Jayakumar Gunasekaran had worked as a solutions quality analyst in India for five years when he realized it was time for a change. He’d been following trends in Web application development and wanted to gain work experience in the United States, so when his friend suggested he explore the...
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Susan Edwards
Environmental Engineer Lands EHS Job After Completing...
An environmental engineer with fifteen years of experience under her belt, Susan Edwards enrolled in UCSC Extension’s Environmental Health and Safety program in early 2014 in order to update her skills after a 14-year hiatus. Her areas of expertise included hazardous waste site...
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Mason Fan
Taiwanese Software Engineer Gains Practical Experience...
Chen-Wei (Mason) Fan was so excited about the future of computer software that when he moved to the United States from Taiwan, he couldn’t wait to update his programming skills. “It used to be that we’d try to squeeze all performance out of a computer,” he says. “...
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Beibhinn McDermott
Educational Therapist Expands Professional Network at...
Beibhinn McDermott’s career as an educator has taken her from Ireland to California, where she completed an M.A. in special education at San Francisco State University before enrolling in UCSC Extension’s Educational Therapy certificate program. A former classroom teacher and resource...
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Denise Andersen
Chemist Gains Practical Skills in Regulatory Affairs...
Back in 2012, Denise Andersen, a professional chemist, noticed a demand for skilled professionals in regulatory affairs. An experienced Ph.D. in chemistry, she turned to UCSC Extension’s Regulatory Affairs program to expand her understanding of biologics, pharmaceuticals and devices. She...
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Prajakta Badhe
Experienced QA Engineer Lands Job at Tech Career Fair
Prajakta Badhe started taking Software Engineering and Quality courses at UCSC Extension in fall 2013—and within a year, had landed a job at a Silicon Valley startup. How’d she do it? What brought you to UCSC Extension? I worked in India for 9 or 10 years in software quality and...

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