College News and Stories


College News and Stories


Sac State’s College of Continuing Education Offering New CTE Credential

Determined to offer teachers the opportunity to put professional experience to use in the classroom and become an essential part of workforce development, Sac State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE) is now offering a CTE Credential. The only one of its kind in Sacramento County, this new educational resource is giving those who are currently having to travel to similar programs in Southern California a credentialing option much closer to home.

Aref in a cap and gown at graduation

I Want to Be a Good Educational Role Model: Meet Aref Farahi

“I was in the process of completing my M.A. degree in Sociology at California State University Fullerton. However, after doing some additional research with the help of my educational counselor at CSU Fullerton, completing the WDL program helped me enhance my education and progress in the field in which I am currently working,” says Aref Farahi, a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Workforce Development Leadership (WDL) program at Sac State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE).

Anna Keck posing with her Woman of Influence award

CCE’s Anna Keck Named a Sac State Woman of Influence

“The Women of Influence awards have been around for 13 years even conducting one of the awards ceremonies online during the pandemic,” says Dr. Nadine A. Kelley, Senior Director for University Housing Services. “This event has grown from the small conference room in housing, then to the Redwood Room in the Union, to an event that has well over 200 RSVPs. It is an event that is either held in March or early April and it is intended to honor all the work that is done by the Women of Sac State.


Cultural Competency: Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Homelessness module for the Cultural Competency certificate program at Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE) were recently invited by their instructor to attend the Transitional Housing Communities: Strategies for Recovery from Homelessness symposium. After, they were encouraged to reflect on how the event presentations and discussions built upon or expanded their understanding of course concepts.


Dean of College of Continuing Education Named UPCEA Committee Co-Chair

UPCEA, the online and professional education association, is pleased to announce the election of new officers and new directors to serve on the UPCEA Board of Directors. Elected in November, these individuals will assume their roles on March 28, 2024.

Pamela Wimbush, Ed.D., Interim Dean of Sac State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE), will serve as a Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee Co-Chair for a two-year term (2024-2026). Dr. Wimbush has made a significant impact on institutions as a distinguished scholar, researcher, and educator in continuing, professional, and online education. She is dedicated to expanding access and social mobility through quality learning.

UPCEA Welcomes New Board and Committee Members


CCE Represented at the 2023 UPCEA MEMS Conference

Recently, Dr. Pamela Wimbush, the Interim Dean at Sac States College of Continuing Education (CCE), and Tammy Champion, the Associate Director of Enrollment and Marketing at CCE, attended the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) MEMS Conference in Portland, Oregon. The focus of the conference was Marketing, Enrollment Management, and Student Success. While there, Dr. Wimbush and Tammy co-presented on the topic We Can Go It Alone, but We Are Stronger Together: Merging Enrollment and Marketing Services. Tammy also accepted an Excellence in Marketing Award on behalf of CCE’s Enrollment and Marketing Team.


Public Health Students to Study Abroad in Costa Rica and Guatemala

An upcoming faculty-led study abroad program offered by the College of Continuing Education (CCE) is an opportunity for students interested in public health to spend time in Costa Rica and Guatemala. The program is designed to allow students to experience a unique culture first-hand and view a different society through the lens of health, risk prevention, and wellbeing.


Nothing Can Be Changed Until It is Faced: Meet Dr. Angelo Williams

Recently named one of the Top 20 Black Change Makers by The Sacramento Bee, Dr. Angelo Williams is doing just that: creating change in Sacramento in many areas and on many levels.

An image of a man measuring the widnow of an unfinished house.

CCE Students to Build a Home in Roatán, Honduras

Students who have demonstrated an interest in residential construction will have the opportunity to enroll in CM 96C, a unique six-week summer Construction Management course. As part of the Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) program offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE), students will travel to Roatán, Honduras for ten days to build a single-family home during the summer of 2024.

Erica Davis talks about her experience in the Master of Public Health

I Thought I Would Miss Out: Meet Erica Davis

“Completing the Master of Public Health program at Sac State was a life-changing experience,” says Erica Davis. But doing so didn’t come without its own unique set of challenges. “Being a wife and mother of five children between the ages of 5 and 14, I made this remarkable accomplishment while maintaining full-time employment and making it to every game and event for my kids and almost every practice.” 

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New Cultural Competency Certificate Program at the College of Continuing Education
Sac State’s CCE to Offer One-of-a-Kind Certificate Program

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sac State has added an exciting new certificate option in Cultural Competency, becoming the only Sacramento-area college to do so.

Oscar Ponce Gilman Scholarship Winner

Sac State Student Receives Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Oscar Ponce has been studying Health Science at Sac State since the Fall of 2022. When he received an email from Gabriel Hernandez, the Senior Program Coordinator of the Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) program encouraging him to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, he did. Since receiving the scholarship, Oscar was able to attend the Faculty-Led Student Abroad programs in Costa Rica and Mexico.  

Lyle Najita

Alum of Sac State’s Paramedic Program is Making a Difference in Hawaii

Meet Lyle Najita, who was a student from March 2019 to September 2020 in Sac State’s Paramedic Program, offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE). Today, Lyle works as a paramedic in a private mental health clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii. We recently had a chance to catch up with Lyle, who was happy to share his experiences as a student.

Donja Harding

Alum of Sac State’s College of Continuing Education Named Teacher of the Year

Congratulations are in order to Donja Harding, who was named the 2023 Natomas Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Harding is a proud alum of the Community College Faculty Preparation program, offered by Sac State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE).

Article Sac State NewsroomJune 2023
A student uses a 3D printer in Sac State's new Makerspace lab

3D printing, ‘career visions’ courses highlight Sac State’s Summer Youth Academies

A 3D printing course in the University Library’s new makerspace and a program to help participants outline their personal and professional goals headline Sacramento State’s 2023 summer enrichment programs for local middle and high school students.

Summer Youth Academies, which allow participants to explore potential careers and experience life at a college campus, kicks off June 20.


College of Continuing Education: Opening Doors for Degree Completers

Man writing in notepad at his desk

As California faces a shortage of almost a million college-educated workers by 2025, having a degree will open many doors for career opportunities and advancement. The College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sac State has designed an online degree completion program, specifically to provide training for those who wish to facilitate the development of the emerging workforce in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Designed to prepare individuals with practical, marketable skills to successfully enter new careers or advance in their current fields, the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (BSCTS) is ideal for working adults.

Group of four adult learners listen in class and take notes

Cultivating New Leaders

Workforce Development has emerged as a vibrant field in professional education and training. In educational settings, workforce development unites the activities of many units, blending academic, career and technical studies, and advising and counseling.

We thank Marlene Oehler for her donation, pictured here holding a bouquet of sunflowers

Expanding Her Commitment to Sacramento
Local philanthropist expands support of community in her estate plan

Helping people who are just a freckle away from getting their degree.

It is a sweet sentiment that will one day help adult learners find their way back to higher education.

There is much to consider when embarking on the journey that culminates in the receipt of a college degree. When returning to complete a college degree after years away, adult learners benefit from the support of generous donors — and Marlene Oehler plans to help fill that role.

Congratulations to James Cotter and Kimberlie Seeber, recipients of CCE's First Responder scholarship

CCE Awards Inaugural First Responder Scholarships

Future EMT and Paramedic students at Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE) will now have the option of applying for a First Responder scholarship, a first-ever opportunity for students in both programs to receive financial assistance.