Student Stories

Mobile app development student Vincent Gabrielson
Vincent Gabrielsen
Full stack web developer adds iPhone app design skills
“We tend to think of apps as small, little things, but actually they’re very powerful and very fast.” About one in four Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month[1] and Vincent Gabrielsen, 51, who just finished up a pair of iPhone app developer courses, is...
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T. Ashok Kumar, Linux Programming and Administration Alumnus
Systems engineer test drives Facebook Connectivity...
Before acing his contract job interview for Facebook, T. Ashok Kumar researched the latest technologies, networked at Meetups and local tech events, and practiced interviewing. “I was able to crack the interview, which gives me great satisfaction for all of my efforts,” says the...
Fred Bauzon is a Regulatory Affairs certificate alumnus
Fred Bauzon, Regulatory Affairs Alumnus
Making the connections that help build your career
“That next person you say hello to at the class in Extension may give you a lead to your next job.” If the regulatory affairs industry was a board game, players would pursue parallel paths of research, product testing and regulation all at the same time. The most valuable...
Rod Jackson is a UCSC Extension certificate holder
Rod Jackson, UNIX Programming and Administration Alumnus
Construction contractor builds new software career“I...
“I needed some place to start if I was going to get a new career. Once I got the certificates, I had that.”   From his quiet Capitola home office overlooking a blooming climbing rose and backyard catio, senior software engineer Rod Jackson hunkers down...
Bouwien Luppes, UCSC Extension Marketing Management certificate program Alumna and Business Owner
Bouwien Luppes
Marketing Art From the Heart
"We live in a fast-changing world. If you want to stay relevant and current, you have to invest in yourself and embrace a lifetime of learning.” —Bouwien Luppes, Business owner and Marketing Management Alumna Bouwien Luppes has been an entrepreneur all her life. She...
Hungarian Tech Writer Studies Project Management, lands Silicon Valley job
Eva Janos, Project and Program Management Alumna
Hungarian translator becomes Silicon Valley tech writer
The love of learning and travel brought Eva Janos to the tech capital of the world to study project management and tech writing, an adventure that has opened new doors and led to a successful job at a financial software company in Silicon Valley. “I wanted to learn project management...
LingRong Syu, Computer Programming Certificate Alumna, 2017
LingRong Syu
Learning mobile app development for the next job
"It’s the people you meet who can help you succeed in the competitive job market." — LingRong Syu, Alumna, Computer Programming Certificate Program   LingRong Syu arrived in Silicon Valley last year with several years’ experience as a...
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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, Early Childhood Education Alumna
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, Biotechnology Alumna
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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