Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Crawford
Graduate of Communication Studies and Instructional Design for e-Learning

Article Access Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2

Sarah Crawford knows the value of good training. She’s been a professional recruiter, a learning specialist, a training officer, and even taught a course in training design and delivery. So when it was time for her to re-enter the workforce, she looked to Sac State for current, industry-relevant education to boost her resume.

Sarah stepped away from the workforce  in 2002 to stay home with her three children. At that time, her resume was extensive and notable. An alumna of Sacramento State (Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, 1999), Sarah held training positions with increasing responsibility at the Money Store, ADECCO, and EdFund. She also found the time and energy to add a master’s in organizational development to her accomplishments while raising her young family.

Even with a solid resume and an advanced degree, Sarah knew returning to work after 12 years would be a challenge. Substantial changes had taken place in the field of training and development during her absence, in particular, the explosion of eLearning. So she turned her attention to professional development.

A web search brought her back to her alma mater, where she found Sacramento State’s certificate program in Instructional Design for eLearning. The program gave her the knowledge, skills and abilities she needed to advance her career.

A classmate introduced Sarah to  employment possibilities within the State of California, and Sarah applied for a position with CalPERS’ training unit. Sarah started with CalPERS exactly one month after completing the certificate program, in August 2014.

“My interview panel was particularly impressed with my recent and relevant professional development. And when I was introduced to my new coworkers, my supervisor always mentioned the certificate program,” she says.