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Shachar Udi
Mobile Application Award Opens New Doors for Up-and-...
Shachar Udi’s career started out in a coffee shop in Israel, which he opened at age 23. For four years he worked in the restaurant business, until he discovered his true passion for iPhone development. He studied the fundamentals online and freelanced for a few years, developing a few...
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Kruthi Narayana
Network Engineer Puts New Skills to Work After...
Kruthi Narayana found her first job in the United States after completing the Network Engineering and Systems Security certificate program (now called Information Technology) at UCSC Extension. Originally from India, Narayana moved to California with her husband on an H4 visa. While...
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Vishal Kapoor
Project Coordinator Gains Valuable Management Skills...
By the time Vishal Kapoor enrolled in the Project and Program Management Certificate program, he had already completed both an M.B.A. and an M.S. in computer science. Originally from India, Kapoor turned to UCSC Extension’s International Programs to find a way to continue his internship at...
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Juan Escobedo Contreras
Venezuelan Electrical Engineer Transitions into...
After completing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Central University of Venezuela, Juan Escobedo Contreras set his sights on Silicon Valley, mecca of hardware design. When one of his friends shared a UCSC Extension catalog with him, Contreras couldn’t think of a...
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Ann Fitzsimons
Web Pioneer Develops Key Industry Skills at UCSC...
When it comes to the Internet, Ann Fitzsimons is a true Renaissance woman. Her passion for the Web came to life when she moved to Silicon Valley after completing her undergraduate degree in dietetics and food administration. While opportunities for young dietitians were scarce, Fitzsimons...
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Priyanka Redhu
HR Generalist Expands Her Network with Two Extension...
When Priyanka Redhu moved to California in 2010, she already had completed her M.B.A. and started her career in human resource management in India. As an HR generalist, she had spent a few years recruiting top talent for one of India’s largest banks. When her husband accepted a job in...
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Navneet Kaur
Researcher Learns the Latest in Clinical Trials at...
When Navneet Kaur relocated from India to California, she wanted to develop clinical research skills that she could apply in the United States. Though she already had a year of experience as a clinical research associate under her belt, she was excited to discover that UCSC Extension’s...
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Mili Gopal
Web Designer Lands Web Development Job at eBay After...
Mili Gopal worked in Web design in India before moving to California with her family. In 2013, she enrolled in UCSC Extension’s Web Design program, and over the course of two years, she earned the full certificate, had a child, interned at two Bay Area startups, and landed a job as a Web...
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Brijesh Khatri
Experienced Clinical Research Associate Discovers...
Brijesh Khatri had worked as a clinical research associate for multinational companies prior to landing in Silicon Valley in early 2013. While searching for an effective way to build clinical trials skills in the U.S., Khatri discovered that UCSC Extension’s Clinical Trials Design and...
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Scott Copeland
Tech Writer Develops Skills For a Mobile World at UCSC...
Scott Copeland had been working as a professional technical writer for a few years when he decided to pursue certification. His manager referred him to UCSC Extension’s Technical Writing and Communications program, which he found to be the most rigorous and comprehensive program of its kind...
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Akshata Metha
HR Generalist Gains Valuable Experience at UCSC...
Akshata Metha has a secret weapon when it comes to job interviews: her UCSC Extension study materials. Since completing her certificate in Human Resource Management and an internship at the Wikimedia Foundation, Metha has prepared for interviews by reviewing notes from her courses. “UCSC...
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Alexandra Steinberg
Doctor Shifts Into Career as Medical Director After...
When Alexandra Steinberg moved to California from Russia in 2009, she was a practicing doctor with both an M.D. and a Ph.D. Though she already had the academic credentials and experience, she wanted to transition into a career in clinical trials. She heard about UCSC Extension’s Clinical...
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Michelle Darling
Extension Big Data Contest Ignites a Passion for Data...
In her “Big Data: Tools, Concepts and Deployment” course, Michelle Darling had the chance to put her data science skills to the test in front of a panel of experts. Darling had enrolled in UCSC Extension’s Database and Data Analytics certificate program to prepare for...
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Frederick Kilner
VLSI Courses Help Hardware Engineer Navigate the “...
It’s not every day that students can verify their own computer hardware design in class. Fred Kilner, a 2012 graduate of the Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Engineering Certificate program at UCSC Extension, got to do just that while completing a project for the course “...
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Elizabeth Roper Tun Zan
Meditation Teacher Develops Instructional Design...
When Elizabeth Roper Tun Zan started taking Instructional Design and Delivery courses at UCSC Extension, she says she felt like Rip Van Winkle being awakened after a long sleep. After pursuing an undergraduate degree and M.B.A. in economics, and working in industry for 15 years, Tun Zan left the...

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