Sacramento State honored newly promoted Battalion Chief Derek
Parker with a 2019 Made at Sac State tribute for his
leadership in starting the University’s Paramedic Program
and for serving as an example, when he returned to college at 32.
Read writer Jonathan Morales’ feature, “Derek Parker completes
his degree and starts a new program at Sac State,” following a
2-part video series produced by Jessica Jarrety.
What can students expect from an online class with Katherine
Raines? Her pink hair – or white for that matter, take your
choice – ought to be a clue to her spirited
“kind-of-in-your-face” teaching style, she quips.
“I totally reworked the class to make sure the format resonated
for my online students.” – Katherine Raines, Career and
Technical Studies instructor
Daniel Watts had been working in education for years when
his teaching career reached a plateau, with some jobs out of
reach because he hadn’t finished college. So he decided to
go back to school in his 40s and get “that piece of paper,” he
says, enrolling in the Bachelor of
Science in Career and Technical Studies degree completion
Bob Kerr is the type of student the late Bill Harris had in mind
when he hatched the idea for Sac State’s career and technical
Kerr’s bachelor’s degree did not come easy. He commuted from
Vallejo for the weekend classes after working stressful graveyard
shifts at the Vallejo Police Department. He also hadn’t attended
college full-time since 1995.
“It was definitely challenging, but if it was easy, everybody
would be doing it,” says Kerr, who graduated in May 2013 and
earned the Dean’s Award for the College of Education.