We are continually inspired by the ongoing dedication
demonstrated by our students and alumni, whether they are
enrolled in professional development courses, learning English,
pursuing innovative training methods or fulfilling the lifelong
dream of earning a college degree.
These stories are living examples of how the support we provide
can make a positive impact on people’s professional development
and academic career.
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.
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 to his fiancée. “It was a big decision to move to the U.S.,”
he said, and a huge sacrifice on her part.
Rodolfo Castillo finished his bachelor’s degree through a
long-distance program at Sacramento State later in life, in his
70s, in order to keep teaching preschool.
This achievement has been recognized within the Sacramento State
community, the western United States, and now nationally.The
University Professional and Continuing Education Association
(UPCEA) has named Mr. Castillo the 2017 Outstanding
Continuing Education Student.
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.
Coral Connor may only be in her 20s, but this Sacramento
State speech pathology graduate has already found a
mantra to live by. “I think turning your trauma into triumph is
something a lot of people can relate to,” she says.
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.
When a class of freshmen at Sacramento State visited the English
Language Institute (ELI) they met English language learners
from China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and other places around the
Some were college students away from home for the first time,
like the freshmen. Others were graduates and professionals
including elementary school teachers, business owners, a
restaurateur, a biochemist whose research specialty is
nutrition, a mechanical engineer whose next step is a master’s
degree, even a budding actress from South Korea.
Sarah Crawford knows the value of good training. She’s been a
professional recruiter, a learning specialist, a training
officer, and even taught a course in training design and
delivery. So when it was time for her to re-enter the workforce,
she looked to Sac State for current, industry-relevant education
to boost her resume.
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.
Jullanar Williams is a single parent, full-time paralegal
and caregiver for her mother, who lives three hours
away from Sacramento State. She only has to look into her son’s
eye for confirmation she’s on the right path. Jullanar earned her
criminal justice degree and credits our online program for
making it possible.
The law has been in Stephanie Hansel’s blood since the beginning
of her career. She started as a prosecutor in the district
attorney’s office, moved into other areas of the law including a
family law practice, before she transitioned to court management.
The Judicial Administration program at the College of Continuing
Education prepared her for a series of promotions.
Stephanie is now the CEO, court executive officer, of the
Sutter County Superior Court. Here’s her testimonial:
Robert Klotz had over 25 years of management experience in the
retail industry, but even after he moved into the court system,
getting promoted into higher management wasn’t easy. He was told
repeatedly he didn’t have enough court experience. When he first
applied to the Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration
program at the College of Continuing Education, he was rejected.
But he got back up and strengthened his application and tried one
Robert got the promotion he wanted as the CEO of Amador County
Superior Court. Here’s his story:
At 31, Jason Galkin is the youngest CEO, court executive officer,
in California. He studied law and passed the California bar exam,
but he didn’t practice law.
Instead he negotiated contracts, first for private companies and
then for Orange County Superior Court. He was working as a
senior contract administrator when he entered the Graduate
Certificate in Judicial Administration program at the College of
Today, he is the CEO of the Colusa County Superior
Court. Jason shares his story:
George Lolas began his 26-year state service career in 1987,
shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration from San Francisco State University. Throughout
his rise to leadership he served in accounting, auditing and
performance measurement positions before becoming the assistant
chief for local operations for the California State Controller’s
Office Division of Accounting and Reporting.
Dillon Bunch is a senior airman currently stationed at Beale Air
Force Base. He has traveled to Korea, Singapore, Thailand and
Great Britain and will soon be deployed to the Middle East,
but no matter where he’s stationed in the world, he
has kept on track toward his bachelor’s degree in
criminal justice. Dillon picks up the story.
Jeanne Shuman’s life’s journey has not been easy, a mother of
nine children and divorced at 57. But she never gave up
on finishing her education nor lost sight of her
destination, of one day turning young and disadvantaged
lives around in the criminal justice system. Jeanne tells her
Victoria Rochester reached a point in her career where she
had years of experience in the criminal justice field, but the
lack of a bachelor’s degree was holding her back. When she
finally found a way to finish college, Victoria realized she was
doing so not only for herself, but to set an example for her
three children. Victoria shares her story.
As Esther Hattingh completed her doctorate in educational
leadership at Sacramento State, her guiding
light was Nelson Mandela with whom she had a personal
connection. She grew up in South Africa as her country
struggled to shed apartheid. Mandela inspired her to see the
promise and potential in every child.
Update: The University Professional and
Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) named Mr. Rodolfo
Castillo the 2017 Outstanding Continuing Education Student,
following a nationwide search. This follows UPCEA West
Region, representing the western U.S. and Canada, honoring
him in 2016 with its Outstanding Nontraditional Student
Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen provided a letter
of support as part of the nomination process, and in it, he
called Mr. Castillo an inspiration and ”the
personification of what it means to fight for your dreams and
persevere through challenges.”