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Isabel Barrios
Seasoned Engineer Develops Silicon Valley Project...
Isabel Barrios is accustomed to standing out in her field. As the only woman in her graduate electrical engineering program at the University of Guadalajara, she discovered her passion for technology at an early age. She left Mexico to pursue her career in the United States, where she worked for...
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Tatiana Boytsova
Russian Teacher Discovers Universal TESOL Skills
When Tatiana Boytsova completed her degree in linguistics and philology in Russia, she ignited a passion for learning, language acquisition, and teaching. She explored her love for English while living in Australia, and by the time she moved to California she decided to study how to teach English...
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Priya Raman
HR Generalist Developed Key Leadership Skills in...
By the end of her one-day “Human Resource Management, Introduction” course, Priya Raman had decided that she wanted to be a corporate trainer. Though she had worked in HR in India before relocating to California, Raman wanted to gain a strong understanding of American workforce...
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Nabeha Khan
MBA Transitions into Organizational Strategist Role...
When Nabeha Khan moved to the U.S. from Pakistan, she had already completed a master’s in business administration and was busy raising young children. Hungry for work opportunities in Silicon Valley, she discovered UCSC Extension’s Human Resource Management program. After completing a...
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Dana Torres
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator Discovers...
When Dana Torres started taking Environmental Health and Safety courses at UCSC Extension, she was surprised and excited to learn skills that she could take back to work the very next day. “Whenever I took a class, something would pop up at work that directly correlated,” she says...
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Mark Chang
Finance Professional Masters Data Crunching Skills at...
When Mark Chang first noticed UCSC Extension’s brochure for Database and Data Analytics, he said it was “love at first sight.” He had recently completed his master’s in finance and was looking for a way to stand out in a competitive field. He saw database administration...
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Angela Alcantara-Cruz
Semiconductor Veteran Shifts into Career in Early...
Angela Alcantara-Cruz is an early childhood educator with a unique backstory. After graduating from UCSC with a degree in sociology, she earned a master’s in organizational development and led a successful 20-year career in business operations in the semiconductor industry. She felt her...
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Shelley Odell
Environmental Health and Safety Manager Stays Up-to-...
When Shelley Odell graduated from college, she realized that she had developed a strong scientific foundation, but like many recent grads, she wasn’t sure how to apply this knowledge to her job. Shortly after landing her first position, her employer referred her to UCSC Extension’s...
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Meghna Patel
Canadian HR Professional Discovers Passion for Design...
Meghna Patel worked as a human resources professional for a Canadian company for many years before deciding it was time for a shift in career. Though she had been trained as an engineer, after 10 years in recruitment she had not had the opportunity to upgrade her technical skills. She decided...
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Poc Hsu
Web Developer Creates Course Tool That Could Benefit...
When Poc Hsu enrolled in UCSC Extension’s Computer Programming certificate program, he didn’t realize that he would soon be applying his programming skills to benefit his fellow students. While he was planning his course schedule, he developed an application for the Extension website...
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Ravi Kalluri
Ravi Kalluri
  RAVI KALLURI, M.S.E.E. from Stanford, M.B.A., PMP® and Certified Scrum Master, has more than 15 years of experience leading complex software development projects. He has four years of experience teaching project management.
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Sudha Shankar
Electrical Engineer Combines Passions for UX Design...
Between her undergraduate, graduate degree and now her professional certificates, Sudha Shankar has pursued her education in three different continents. She graduated with a bachelor’s in electrical and electronics engineering at a premier institution in India, Birla Institute of Technology...
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Matthew Laws
EH&S Professional Stays Up to Speed in...
Matthew Laws had been working in environmental compliance at a company in Northern California for five years when he decided to enroll in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program in early 2011. “I was looking in my murky crystal ball, realizing that changes were afoot in my...
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Manya Jain
Data Analyst Combines Passion with Two Certificates
When Manya Jain moved from India to California with her husband, she had already worked as a financial data analyst with a few projects in process optimization for six years. Her daughter was only six months old, so she decided to research creative ways to keep up her skillset until she was ready...
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Eduardo Lozada
Bolivian Entrepreneur Uses Web Content Management...
Eduardo Lozada came to the United States from Bolivia with the goal of completing a business and technology certificate in less than a year. He had already completed a B.S. in business and had dreams of founding a start-up in his home country, and could not think of a better place to develop...

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