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Coding Academy Added to Summer Lineup
Sac State Expands Summer Academies for High School Students

If you can decipher “PB&J,” then without a doubt you can start coding, as in writing a computer program, says computer scientist Devin Cook.

Cook is a computer science professor at Sacramento State, who will lead the Coding Academy for High School Students. This academy and one on Cyber Security are the newest offerings in the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students at Sacramento State.

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Eleonor Castillo adjusts her father's cap at a reception at Sacramento State, honoring students who completed their bachelor's degree through a long-distance program. (College of Continuing Education/Risa Knight)

Sac State Graduate Wins National Continuing Education Award
Rodolfo Castillo: 75 Years in the Making

Update (Feb. 14, 2017): Mr. Rodolfo Castillo has been named the 2017 Outstanding Continuing Education Student by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), following a nationwide search.

Mr. Castillo was previously recognized as an Outstanding Nontraditional Student in UPCEA’s West Region, covering institutions in the western U.S. and Canada.

Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen personally wrote a letter in support of Mr. Castillo’s nomination, calling him “the personification of what it means to fight for your dreams and persevere through challenges.”  Read his letter in its entirety and below is a profile of Mr. Castillo as he achieved his lifelong dream.

(Published: June 21, 2016)  As he went about his custodial duties Rodolfo Castillo would notice the preschool teachers, how they taught a lesson and held a four-year-old’s attention, how they comforted a child in need and nurtured self-control. “I want to study what they’re doing,” he told himself, “and I want to do the same thing.”

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Project Management in Two Days
Conversation with Instructor Gary Slavit

If you’re in charge of a major project, you know the consequences of not staying on schedule and within budget.

Gary Slavit, an instructor at the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), says project management is a skill more employers are looking for these days.

Student Success Story

Graduate Turns Trauma Into Triumph

Coral Connor may only be in her 20s, but this Sacramento State speech pathology graduate has already found a mantra to live by. “I think turning your trauma into triumph is something a lot of people can relate to,” she says.

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Sacramento Mayor Salutes Professional Development Graduates
Workforce Development Professional Apprentices Boost Their Careers

Megan Bailey was training to be a graphic artist just as the labor market was drying up. “If only I had a career coach,” she said, referring to the time when she was out of work and in need of some guidance and reassurance.

She ended up taking her career in a different direction and transformed herself into the very resource she needed all those years ago. Bailey became a job coach. 

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World Language Day
20 Languages Under One Roof

View the music video of World Language Day 2016 produced by English Language Institute (ELI) instructor Hugh Le, flip through the photo gallery and get to know the international students attending ELI and becoming part of the Sacramento State community.

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Inside the Courts: Public Trust to Marijuana Laws
A Conversation with Court Authority and Instructor Michael Roddy

At 22, Michael Roddy had just started graduate school and worked as a law firm clerk when he made an unconventional decision, to say the least. He quit his job in order to become an unpaid student intern. As Roddy tells the story, he saw his future in the California court system and “never looked back.”

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Honored for Years of Service
2016 Staff Employees Awards Luncheon

Students are the heart of the university and the faculty, the minds, said Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen, but staff are “the blood, sweat and tears.” The president spoke at the 2016 Staff Awards Luncheon at the University Union Ballroom.

“You make the university work,” Nelsen said as he congratulated nearly 170 staff members for their record of service, recognizing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years at Sac State.

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Homecoming: Back to the ’50s
Tailgate party celebrates CCE's 65th anniversary

Thanks to the students, alumni and staff who stopped by the College of Continuing Education’s ”back to the ’50s” tailgate party, CCE reclaimed the “Golden Spatula,” the annual Sac State award for the best homecoming pre-game bash. President Robert Nelsen and his wife Jody got into the spirit and helped celebrate CCE’s 65th anniversary. Check out the photos.

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Proyecta 100K: From Mexico to Sacramento

A select group from Mexico traveled to the California capital to meet their neighbor to the north as part of Mexico’s inaugural Proyecta 100K program. The nearly 40 students and professors from 10 universities represent a new generation of professionals in fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, marine biology, architecture and business.

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It’s Our Anniversary
Celebrating 65 years of success (1951-2016)

Now that we’re turning 65, let’s take a look back on the rich heritage of the College of Continuing Education (CCE).

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Jason Galkin, CEO of Colusa County Superior Court, earned his Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration in 2016.(Courtesy: Herb Ong)

Moving Up in California’s Courts
Judicial Administration: Springboard to Greater Success

CEO usually refers to the chief executive officer of a company, but in California’s court system, CEO means “court executive officer.” Just like their corporate counterpart, the judicial CEO runs the show, or in this case, California’s 58 county courts.

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The students and their teacher stand in front of the Sac State sign on their tour of campus.

Japanese High School Students Explore Sac State

Five Japanese high school students, ages 15 and 16, are visiting Sac State’s English Language Institute (ELI) this August. During their two-week stay, they will learn English from our ELI instructor, Justin Kyles, explore Old Sacramento, take a day trip to San Francisco and attend a River Cats baseball game.

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High school students in the Multimedia Journalism Summer Academy tour the new Golden 1 Center under construction in downtown Sacramento.  July 19, 2016 (College of Continuing Education/Morgan Murphy)

Inside New Arena
Multimedia Journalism Summer Academy Tours Golden 1 Center

High school students in Sac State’s Multimedia Journalism Summer Academy donned hardhats, safety goggles and vests as they toured the future home of the Sacramento Kings, the Golden 1 Center, billed as the most technologically advanced arena in the NBA.

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(College of Continuing Education/Alexandra Powell)

Creating Carrot Top Pesto
Farm-to-Fork Summer Academy Whips Up an Appetite

Talk about not wasting food! High school students in the Farm-to-Fork Summer Academy at Sac State learned how to make carrot top pesto. That’s where you take the green frond at the top of a carrot – (the part people usually throw out when they buy whole carrots) – and throw it into a food processor with some other fresh veggies for a tasty pesto, courtesy of the Food Literacy Center in Sacramento.

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Caroline Turner, the Administrator-in-Charge at the College of Education, performed the hooding of doctoral degree candidate Esther Hattingh at the Spring 2016 Commencement. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

Mandela Inspires Sac State Student to Soar

As Esther Hattingh completed her doctorate in educational leadership at Sacramento State, her guiding light was Nelson Mandela with whom she had a personal connection. She grew up in South Africa as her country struggled to shed apartheid. Mandela inspired her to see the promise and potential in every child. 

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Sac State Announces New Continuing Education Dean

Sacramento State has a new dean of its College of Continuing Education. Helen Wussow, former dean of Lifelong Learning at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, begins her new duties Monday, July 25.

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CSU Honors Professor with Award and Surprise

Read more about how the CSU Commission on the Extended University surprised Professor Karen Horobin at an awards ceremony in Oakland.

 

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April is Alumni Month

Go Hornets!

This April, we’re celebrating our alumni by showcasing their success stories on our social media channels each week. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about these standout students.