Student Stories

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Tom Nguyen
Software Engineer Translates Skills to Personal...
Tom Nguyen is passionate about financial literacy—not just for himself and his clients, but for the next generation. One summer, in an effort to teach his four kids the value of creating a small business, he showed them how to buy candy at wholesale price, calculate a fair price, and sell...
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Cameo Roberson, Personal Financial Planning Alumna
Senior Executive Professional Sees Personal Financial...
Cameo Roberson had been working as an operational and legal assistant in the investment world for a number of years when she realized she was ready for a change. She wanted to make an impact in her community, and decided to apply her skills to helping others become more financially responsible....
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Jim Lamascus, Marketing Management Alumnus
Advertising Leader Masters Digital Marketing at UCSC...
Jim Lamascus self-identifies as a “blue collar scholar,” having started his career as an ASE-certified master mechanic, working full-time as he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees and eventually transitioning his auto expertise into a celebrated career as an advertising sales...
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Shunjiro Yatsuzaka, Internet Programming and Development Alumnus
Japanese Engineer Creates Open Source Network in...
When Shunjiro Yatsuzuka moved to Silicon Valley from Japan in 2014, his two main objectives were to pass the CPA exam and to improve his Internet programming skills. He has already laid the ground work for certificates in Internet Programming and Development and Accounting at UCSC Extension...
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Ramesh Aacharya, Clinical Trials Design and Management Alumnus
Doctor Learns the Latest in Clinical Trials at UCSC...
Ramesh Aacharya came to California with an established career in medicine and biomedical ethics. Originally from Nepal, he shifted his attention to clinical trials upon arrival in California, where he discovered UCSC Extension’s Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate program....
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Jacqueline Mims
Experienced Therapist Commutes From Louisiana to...
When Jacqueline Mims found UCSC Extension, she was already an established psychotherapist, guidance counselor and lecturer with more than 20 years of experience, two Ph.D.s and several professional certifications. She was also based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  “In this day and age,...
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Subha Govindarajan
HR Generalist Finds Discovers New Opportunities
When Subha Govindarajan began implementing project management methods at her internship, her organization was so impressed that it was just a matter of time before she transitioned into a full-time employee. Govindarajan adopted techniques that she was learning in her Human Resource Management...
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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, Administrative and Executive Assistant Alumna
Executive Assistant Develops Empowering Skills in AEA...
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, Human Resources Management Alumnus
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, Regulatory Affairs Alumna
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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