Many college students do not complete their degree for a
variety of reasons (work, family, finances, health, etc.) Once
away from university life, it can be difficult to return due to
personal and financial commitments. Yet an undergraduate degree
is critical for employment and career advancement in many fields.
To help these learners and meet the workforce demand for
more employees with an undergraduate degree, CCE offers programs
designed for working professionals to reengage these individuals
and help them on their journey to securing a degree. Scholarships
help remove the financial barrier for adults returning to
complete their degree.
Did you know? 60,000 adults in Sacramento County are fewer
than 15 units from finishing their degree.
No scholarships currently exist for adults pursuing a
graduate degree within the College of Continuing Education.
However, more students would be able to enroll, pursue, and
complete a graduate degree through CCE with the support of
scholarships. A graduate degree greatly benefits
individuals throughout their career and is a valuable
asset to many employers. Scholarship support for adults
earning their graduate degree will remove some financial barriers
and allow more adults to earn an advanced degree.
Many adults seeking to advance their careers will benefit from
financial assistance to help them return to school and attain a
certificate or credential. Scholarships to help pay for the cost
of course fees and materials will allow more working adults in
the region to advance their careers, increase their earnings to
better provide for their families and instill in them a sense of
personal pride. No financial aid is currently
available for certificate programs through the university’s
Financial Aid department.
The College of Continuing Education offers two youth programs
every summer to expose students to an education at Sacramento
Summer Academies empower high school students to explore
educational and career opportunities in various fields,
experience a college campus, learn from Sacramento State faculty
and professionals in different fields, all while working with
other students on real-world projects. Many high school students
who wish to attend Summer Academies are unable to pay for course
fees or materials. Scholarship support for underprivileged youth
will provide greater access to students who would otherwise be
unable to participate in these enrichment programs.
Academic Talent Search has offered summer classes on the
Sacramento State campus since 1982. Over the past 39 years, more
than 47,500 young learners have gained early exposure to college
life through Academic Talent Search. Students preview the college
experience by choosing their classes in areas that interest them,
meet new friends from around Northern California who share their
enthusiasm for learning, remain academically engaged over the
summer and gain exposure to potential majors and career
International and Domestic Travel Study
CCE’s faculty-led travel study programs offer the opportunity for
college students to experience and learn in a variety of
international domestic locations. Paired with relevant
coursework, students benefit by combining their area of study
with travel to other locations. Travel experiences
are transformative and many students come back a different
person. However, travel abroad can be cost-prohibitive for
To provide more travel study programs, CCE offers partial
scholarships to remove financial barriers and expose more
Sacramento State students to locations around the world.
This annual fund serves as an opportunity for Dean Jenni
Murphy to best serve the needs of CCE. Dean Murphy may use
these funds to invest in outreach materials for near completers,
develop curriculum for working adults, investment in technology,
build toolkits or support adult learners facing emergencies. The
Dean’s Innovation Fund provides the flexibility to address the
needs of the college as well as the individuals we serve.
In addition to scholarships, CCE offers you the opportunity to
support Dean Jenni Murphy’s Innovation Fund. Gifts to this
fund are utilized by Dean Jenni Murphy to best serve the needs of
adult learners including investment in technology; outreach
to near completers; curriculum development; toolkits; and
emergency assistance such as housing, transportation, family
support, health, etc.