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.
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.”
Three students, Margaret Crutcher of Kenya, Esther Hattingh of South Africa, and Myung Jip “MJ” Kim of South Korea share a destination.
Margaret emigrated to the United States and raised three children, and years later one of her daughters says to her: “Mommy it’s time for you to go to school.” Margaret just finished her last class for her International Master of Business Administration.
As an industrial engineer in Iran, Sina Roudbari always had an eye toward his next project. So it wasn’t surprising that as he mastered English at the English Language Institute, he was already working on something new at Sacramento State: his international master of business administration.
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
“I landed my dream career with Sacramento City Fire as a
firefighter/paramedic! It has always been the department I truly
wanted to work at, and even more so after I got to work with my
instructors we had at school!
I even ran a code with Derek Parker and got to see Jeff Cooke,
Jason Hemler, Ernie Partridge, and Dan Kolb in the firehouses and
on calls. I was hired on my 25th birthday, and I am now in my 7th
month on probation, life is great!
I will continue to promote the Sac State Paramedic Program to
anybody I know who is interested in medic school!”
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.
Jennifer Ratcliff moved a step closer to her dream job as
a speech pathologist, becoming the first class at
Sacramento State to earn the Second Bachelor of Science in
Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2014. “Thankfully, this program
finally came about and made it possible for students, like me, to
keep going and achieve that dream of going to graduate
Maydel Uzcategui made a bold move from Venezuela to the
United States, all on her own, in pursuit of twin goals. She
wanted to improve her English skills and become a civil
engineer. A graduate of the English Language Institute,
she’s now working on her master’s degree in engineering at
Sacramento State. ”Hopefully I can work for a transnational
company focused on geotechnical engineering.”
Alexandra Strout is in the top of her class at
Sacramento State’s Paramedic Program and credits the strength of
her instructors. “They’re in the field as firefighters and
paramedics, and they’ve been there and done the work. It makes a
difference in the knowledge they provide you. It’s one of the
strong points of the program.”
As chief deputy director for the California Department of Health
Care Services (DHCS), Karen Johnson is one of the highest-ranking
health care officials in California.
She enrolled in Sacramento State’s Leadership for the Government
Executive (LGE) program to challenge herself and advance as a
leader to make a difference. “I have a strong work ethic and I’m
a results-oriented person so I needed the tools that could help
me lead change successfully in a large organization,” she says.
Russell Williams constantly looks for ways to become a more
competitive candidate for jobs after graduation. A student of
Sacramento State’s Paramedic Program, Williams is on a direct
path toward his lifelong dream of becoming a California fire
fighter and every bit of training counts.