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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.


Cyber Security Aimed at High School Students
Summer Academies Instructor Focuses on Defense

Growing up in China, Jun Dai didn’t own a computer but he was still able to master video games. He got access to computers and the internet through “net bars” that rented machines by the hour. And there, he discovered his passion and a profession, not as a gamer but as a defender.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.