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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, Technical Writing & Communication Alumnus
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, Database and Data Analytics Alumna
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 Engineering Alumnus
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, Instructional Design and Delivery Alumnas
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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Stella Su, Software Engineering & Quality Alumna
Software Engineer Finds Unique Job After Completing...
Stella Su had been working as a technical account manager at Google for a few years when she decided it was time for a shift. “When I quit, I wanted to take a long break and figure out what I wanted to do for a career,” Su says. She had a lot of customer service experience, but she...
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Rebecca Pereira
EH&S Student Lands Dream Job
Rebecca Pereira’s lifelong passion is keeping people safe. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a firefighter. After studying at Extension, she recently landed what she says is her real dream job: Health and Safety Manager, Americas, at a top technology company.  Twenty years ago,...
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Emily Norman
Experienced IT EHR Manager Develops Key Skills for...
Emily Norman discovered UCSC Extension’s Human Resource Management and Information Technology courses during the height of the Great Recession—a point in her life where she had to evaluate her own professional interests and needs. As a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of...
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Nikhila Yadunath
IT Professional Discovers New Opportunities After...
Before she moved to the United States, Nikhila Yadunath worked on a software development and research project for Boeing in India. She relocated to California to join her husband, and after a few years was eager to update her skillset for the American market. When she discovered that UCSC...
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Divya Hariharan
Print Designer Transitions into Role as UX/UI Designer...
Divya Hariharan started her career in print graphic design in India before moving to California with her husband in 2012. While searching for new opportunities in Silicon Valley, she realized that if she wanted to get ahead in her field, she’d have to learn to design for the interactive Web...
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Afag Shukurova
Azerbaijani Businesswoman Plans New Business in...
Before she left Azerbaijan, Afag Shukurova ran her own event planning business. Armed with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, she successfully led her own team before leaving for California to join her sister and brother. When she arrived in Silicon Valley, she realized...
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Maani Salimi
Iranian Filmmaker Develops Startup in the Heart of...
Maani Salimi is a filmmaker, marketer and entrepreneur extraordinaire. He moved to the United States from Iran in 2015, with the initial thought of attending film school in Chicago and later launching a startup. He soon learned that the most effective path to launching a business in the United...
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Utku Sahiner
Turkish Marketer Discovers New Career Opportunities in...
Utku Sahiner arrived in San Francisco in 2010 after working as a marketing coordinator for an education company in his native Turkey and launching a small marketplace startup. When he arrived in the Bay Area, he wanted to find a program that would offer the practical experience and industry...

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