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Michael P. Ramirez, ASP
Retired U.S. Navy Seabee, Applies New EH&S Skills...
Among Michael Ramirez’s professional accomplishments: he has managed the safety program for construction projects in southern Afghanistan, served as the platoon commander, safety officer and reserve coordinator for the battalion and regiment in southern California, and completed 20 years of...
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Nadine Kabbara
International Learning and Development Professional...
Nadine Kabbara is a professional in learning and development with more than fifteen years of international experience. She worked abroad with Deloitte Consulting and led client projects in human capital. As a people development consultant, she designed, developed, and delivered numerous corporate...
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Gina Bello, TESOL Alumna
Colombian English Teacher Discovers Online Learning at...
Gina Bello got to know a different side of Silicon Valley’s biggest corporations during the summer she spent volunteering as an ESL teaching assistant. Bello had relocated to Northern California from her native Colombia to earn a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other...
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Sunaina Yelwal Prabhakar, Internet Programming and Development Alumna
Test Automation Engineer Transitions into the World of...
As an intern at a local startup, Sunaina Yelwal Prabhakar is designing a JavaScript software development kit for a mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) platform. In other words: she’s gaining the quintessential Silicon Valley experience for programmers and developers. She discovered this...
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Kahori Nakagawa
Japanese Financial Analyst Gains Graduate-Level...
Kahori Nakagawa was working as an investment consultant at a think tank in Tokyo when she decided to take her career in an entirely different direction. Though she had already gone back to school to get a master’s in architecture, there simply weren’t any jobs in her field of interest...
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Mark Burriss
EH&S Professional Expands Professional Community...
When Mark Burriss was working on his master’s in environmental studies at San Jose State University, he discovered a passion for industrial hygiene. He shared his interest in the field with his professor, who introduced him to UCSC Extension’s then-new Hazardous Materials Management...
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Fernando Barbosa de Azevedo
Brazilian Software Developer Explores Passion for Web...
After working for a software company in his native Brazil, Fernando Barbosa de Azevedo had his eyes on Silicon Valley. He had studied software independently online and wanted the opportunity to learn real-world applications in California, and hopefully transition that experience into a software...
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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, Alumna, UX & Web Design and Internet Programming & Development
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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