Richard Zhao
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Richard Zhao

-Project Management Certificate
-Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

“I did a lot of networking and met great people through these programs. That’s invaluable.” 

Richard Zhao lost out on a promotion because he didn’t have a college degree. The setback, though, propelled him back to school. Once Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems at Sacramento State, he made a promise to himself –  he would never be caught lacking again. 

Now a project manager at Apple, Richard got strategic about his career and completed a series of Business Strategy Certificates at the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. He earned professional certificates in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, industry credentials that are highly valued by employers.

In the project management program, Richard learned from instructors “who are certified and work in the field. They live and breathe the trade, they’re not just reading a book to you,” he explained. “They’re bringing real-life cases and encouraging the rest of the classroom to share their experiences as well.”

Richard followed that up with his second professional certificate program. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt taught him new ways of thinking, techniques in efficiency that he’s already used in his complex information technology (IT) projects. 

The back-to-back certificate programs not only made Richard more valuable as an IT project manager, his professional and personal circle grew as well. “I networked with seasoned professionals and met a lot of great people with similar career interests as myself,” he said. “The relationships are invaluable.”

Richard was 14 when his world changed overnight. His family pulled up roots in China and emigrated to the U.S. He didn’t know a word of English, struggled through school and learned the value of an education the hard way.

Yet Richard persisted and became the first college graduate in his family. And holding to his promise, he has challenged his potential ever since. “I am where I am because I never stopped learning.”

Video: Richard Zhao Charts a Business Strategy

If you would like to learn more about our Project Management, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Business Analyst professional certficate programs, please visit our Business Strategy Certificates web page.