College News and Stories


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Workforce Development Apprenticeship Program Wins Major Award

The first apprenticeship program offered at Sacramento State, where participants earn a professional certificate, a promotion and a pay raise, has won a prestigious award and a congratulatory message from Sacramento’s mayor.

The Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program at the College of Continuing Education (CCE) received the 2017 Engagement Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West Region, which represents continuing education institutions and universities in the western United States and Canada.


New Coaching Component Added to Supervisory Training

New state government supervisors will receive one-on-one coaching when they begin their 80 hours of mandatory training through the College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State.

New Benefit: 1-on-1 Coaching WATCH THE VIDEO!

Sacramento State President Thanks Paramedic Student

Sacramento State President Thanks Paramedic Student
Wil Stewart Described as 'the Perfect Sac State Student'

Sacramento State Paramedic student Wil Stewart dashed to join his family, taking his front row seat at the University Union as an honored guest of Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen.

Wil had just finished two local media interviews - one for CBS13 and the other for Fox40 - and promised another interview to KCRA, but he needed to take his seat with the President preparing to go onstage for his 2017 Fall Address.

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Sac State: Photographer Discovers Treasures

As Denton Mitchell walked through the Sacramento State campus, he noticed treasures that many of us pass every day but may no longer notice.

Mitchell is a professional photographer invited by Professors Ernie Olson and Esther Amato to document the 2017 Fashion Academy, one of the career workshops in the Summer Academies for High School Students.

His photo gallery reminds us to look around once in a while.

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College, Careers & ‘Stingers Up!’

The Summer Academies for High School Students introduces teens to new experiences that just may plant an idea, perhaps a college major or a future career. Some students met Sacramento’s mayor, some found themselves in the midst of a simulated hacking incident and others learned multimedia skills and produced their first news videos. There’s nothing else like it in Sacramento!

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Democracy in Action Academy

Registration is underway for the 2018 Democracy in Action Academy for high school students. Professor Laurie Kubicek will lead the summer academy at Sacramento State July 9 – July 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. She is a criminal justice professor, a member of the State Bar of California and the author of Crime in California: A Case Reader in California Law, which offers a well-balanced approach to teaching California criminal law.

For registration information, please visit the Summer Academies web page.


Chilean Couple United by Wine and English
A Love Story: Victor Moreno and Joceline Ampuero

At 45, Victor Moreno led a comfortable life in Chile as an operations director for his country’s second-largest wine producer. He managed three factories, traveled to wine regions around the world and got engaged. And then he decided to quit his job.

“My dream was to study English” in America and get a master’s degree in business, Victor explained to his family and friends. And to his fiancée. “It was a big decision to move to the U.S.,” he said, and a huge sacrifice on her part.

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Sacramento State Graduate Wins Outstanding Student Award

Sacramento State Graduate Wins Outstanding Student Award
University Professional and Continuing Education Association Honors Rodolfo Castillo

Update: Sacramento State alumnus Rodolfo Castillo not only received the 2016 Outstanding Nontraditional Student Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) – West Region, which covers the U.S. and Canada, he won UPCEA’s highest honor: the National Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award for 2017.

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Democracy in Action 2017: Inside the Chambers
Summer Academy for High School Students to Feature California Chief Justice

Students in the Democracy in Action Academy visited Sacramento City Hall for a chat with Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl, who heads the academy, also took her high school students to the one place that touches the lives of every citizen in California. 

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Sac State’s Apprenticeship Program Tallies Success
Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program Serves as a Model

Progress Report 6 Months After the Graduation

Graduates from Sacramento State’s first apprenticeship program have completed all of their requirements and all 17 have received their pay raise and promotion. Six months after their graduation, interest in the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program continues to grow, with a labor association inviting the College of Continuing Education to return and report on the apprenticeship’s success at its statewide conference in September.

The Start of a “Good Day” for the Summer Academies
Meet the Professors of Coding and Cyber Security Academies

TV personality Courtney Dempsey from “Good Day” popped in for the kickoff of the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students at Sacramento State. She was particularly intrigued by the two new additions to the line-up: the Coding Academy and the Cyber Security Academy. So she caught up with the two computer science professors who put it all together: Devin Cook and Jun Dai.

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Leadership for the Government Executive: 25th Cohort

Leadership for the Government Executive: 25th Cohort
Co-Founder Clark Kelso Calls for 'Courageous Leadership'

A signature leadership program in the College of Continuing Education reached a milestone in 2017. Leadership for the Government Executive (LGE) celebrated its 25th cohort graduation in April.

“Our graduates improve government in California” and stand out as “more valuable and attractive candidates for promotion,” said Clark Kelso, one of LGE’s co-founders and an associate dean at McGeorge School of Law, who delivered the keynote address.

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Remembering Dr. Patricia “Jane” Bruner
Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Bruner led many innovative programs at Sac State, including a popular distance learning course in Hematology launched internationally by the College of Continuing Education.

Dr. Bruner and Dr. Rose Leigh Vines were interviewed about their cutting-edge course for Access Magazine in 2011. We are now sharing the original article and never-before-seen pictures from their photo shoot as a tribute.

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Workforce Development Professionals Boost Their Careers
Mayor-Elect to Graduates: 'I love this, I can't tell you how much I love this!'

Sacramento’s new city leader saluted the graduates of an innovative apprenticeship program at Sacramento State. These apprentices don’t work in the industrial trades, like most apprentices, but in workforce development. They’ve learned new skills to put Californians back to work. 

Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg spoke at the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program graduation and said graduates, like Megan Bailey, have an important role to play in the city’s growth.   


Authentic Leadership Aligns with Personal Values

When instructor Jackie Alcalde Marr brings her leadership workshop to the College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State, she will have participants slow down for the day, take an honest look at themselves and answer the question: are they being true to their personal values when they lead and motivate others? She explains more in this one-minute video.

Her Authentic Leadership for True Leaders Workshop takes place on Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at CCE.

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High School Graduation and Dropout Rates Show Mixed Results
Dropout Prevention Seeks Support from Parents, Schools and Communities

California’s graduation rate increased for the seventh straight year, with more than 83 percent of high school seniors receiving diplomas last year. Certainly good news, yet a closer look at the numbers released in April by the California Department of Education (CDE) raised concerns in Sacramento.


Conversation with Author and ‘Professional Honeymooner’
Franz Wisner on the Big Mistake in Memoir Writing and the Biggie on His Bucket List

Franz Wisner healed his broken heart by writing. When his fiancée called off their wedding at the last minute, the Davis native not only held a wedding reception without a bride, he went on a honeymoon and took his brother. The experience turned into a New York Times bestselling memoir, Honeymoon with My Brother.


Leadership Builds on Your Natural Strengths

It’s pretty common to see managers stall in their leadership growth. And perhaps it’s something you sense in your own career.

Author and leadership coach Helen Horyza says, “Many people fear they are not up to the task of leadership,” and much like a self-fulfilling prophecy, they start to falter.