College News and Stories


College News and Stories


Passion and Profession Come Together
Celebrating Workforce Development Professionals

An award-winning apprenticeship program for individuals in the employment development field celebrated another milestone.

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Summer Academies Memories
High School Students Explore Careers and Start Dreaming

“Some of you want to be lawyers, some of you want to do engineering and robotics. Some are you are fashion designers,” Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen told high school students at a June orientation.”You get to start dreaming.”

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Video Featuring Dr. Jenni Murphy Wins Top Prize
Sac State Contest Focuses on Champions of Change

A video featuring Dr. Jenni Murphy, dean of the College of Continuing Education, won first place in the “Champions of Change” contest at Sacramento State. The entry by first-time videographer Chris Penales focuses on Dr. Murphy’s work in educational attainment for working age adults.


Conference Recognizes Sac State’s Administrative Professionals

More than 100 staff members from nearly 50 departments at Sacramento State attended the first Administrative Professionals Conference in April. Participants provided their feedback, and we wanted to share their comments. 

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Graduate Urges Improvement in African American Enrollment
Sacramento State's Administrative Professionals Conference Spurs Conversation

When Diana Tate Vermeire accepted the position as Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Sacramento State, she knew the student demographics were challenging. She introduced herself to staff members at a 2018 conference held at the College of Continuing Education.

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New Dean’s Agenda Focuses on Working Age Adults

On the very day Dr. Jenni Murphy launched a major workforce initiative, Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen couldn’t hold off any longer. With the inaugural Summit on Educational Attainment for Working Age Adults coming to a close, he asked participants to pick up their program and erase the word, “interim,” by Dr. Murphy’s name. She was being appointed the new dean at the College of Continuing Education.

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‘Expanding Your Horizons’ Volunteer Shares Her Experience

The Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference is all about getting middle-school girls excited about math and science. The event celebrated its 11th year at Sacramento State in October 2017.

“Females are still far too underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers,” said Teri Kier, from the nonprofit Women of AT&T, which sponsors the event. “If we can show girls that science isn’t just for boys and that math can be fun, perhaps they’ll take more classes in school that can prepare them for challenging and rewarding careers.”

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Dr. Jenni Murphy Appointed Dean of College of Continuing Education

Dr. Jenni Murphy, who’s been serving as interim dean of the College of Continuing Education (CCE), will now take the helm as the new dean following a nationwide search.

“I’m so honored and excited to be CCE’s next dean,” said Dr. Murphy. “I’ve seen this college grow is so many ways during my 17 years at Sacramento State and CCE and look forward to building on that legacy by continuing to expand access to education. We have a unique opportunity to support the development of our community, the city of Sacramento and the state of California with our innovative pathways to learning – and I’m ready to get started.”


CCE Interim Dean Receives Prestigious Award
American Society for Public Administration Honors Dr. Jenni Murphy

Update: Two weeks after being honored by the American Society for Public Administration – Sacramento Chapter, Dr. Jenni Murphy was appointed the new dean of the College of Continuing Education. She will take the helm on June 1.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Sacramento Chapter honored College of Continuing Education (CCE) Interim Dean Dr. Jenni Murphy at its 36th Annual Awards Dinner on May 9, presenting her with the prestigious 2018 Chester A. Newland Academic Excellence Award for her  contributions and leadership in the education of public administrators.


Art Contest Announces a Winner
Sisterhood Pays Off When Chalking Up More Units

Ronniedith Ramos, better known as “Ronnie,” and her sorority will represent Sacramento State at the 28th Annual Chalk It Up! Festival after winning our first-ever Chalk Up More Units art contest. The sidewalk art by Ronnie and her Phi Sigma Sigma sisters received the most votes during our weeklong event in April.

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One World Symposium Photo Gallery
International Students Come Together for "Community"

With their improved language skills and posters created by hand, students in our English Language Institute (ELI) gave their interpretation of “Global Perspectives on Community,” the theme of the 2018 One World Initiative Student Symposium held in the University Union in April.

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Sac State CCE adds new degree completion program

Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education has recently implemented a new degree completion program in collaboration with the College of Arts & Letters.

The new program intends to support former students who were majoring in any discipline within the College of Arts & Letters and had to leave college just short of graduation.

Designed to provide flexibility in its studies, the program will offer an opportunity for non-traditional students to earn a bachelor’s degree in arts and letters.


Instructor and Student Create a Chapter in High Expectations
Inside the English Language Institute

An instructor at the English Language Institute (ELI) and one of his international students teamed up and contributed a chapter to a recently published textbook for English language learners. The chapter was “a dialogue about high expectations in a writing class between a novice teacher and his student,” explained the novice, ELI’s Michael Winans.

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“Chalk up more units” Photo Gallery
Kicking Off Summer Session 2018

Once the rain washes away, we’ll find out what a few pieces of chalk and a limitless imagination can create!

Meet our Summer Session team at the Library Quad this week (April 17 – 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and take part in Sacramento State’s first “Chalk up more units” campaign. You will be vying for the chance to represent the University at the 28th Annual Chalk It Up! Festival at Freemont Park.

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Youth@Work: Preparing Young People for the Workforce

The California Workforce Association invited Dr. Jenni Murphy, interim dean at the College of Continuing Education and a leader in workforce development, to join a panel at its 2018 Youth@Work conference at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. The annual event, which drew more than 550 participants. focuses on critical issues facing young people as they prepare for the workplace and how educators and workforce professionals can effectively serve them.

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Women in Leadership: Sacramento State Leading the Region

Sacramento State continues to lead students, alumni, and our entire region into the future. Dr. Ching-Hua Wang oversees the university’s Academic Affairs as Provost, and has seen groundbreaking changes even in her first year as the chief academic officer.

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New degree completion program launched

New degree completion program launched

As Sacramento State works to improve graduation rates, the University has launched a new degree completion program designed for students who had to leave college just short of graduation.

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Collaborative Policy Services Transferred to CCE

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State will expand its services for the public, private and nonprofit sectors with the addition of the university’s Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP). The new Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP) will combine the resources of CCE with CCP’s work in conflict resolution, public engagement, collaborative problem solving, strategic planning, organizational development, research and training services.


Dr. Helen Wussow Starts New Position in New York

Dr. Helen Wussow, Dean, College of Continuing Education (CCE) has accepted a position of Senior Vice President and Dean of Open Campus at The New School (TNS) in New York.  She will start her new position in spring 2018.

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College Staff Plant a Parking Lot Garden
Perennial Plot Aimed at Food Security

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) has planted a garden on the Sacramento State campus, as part of a food security initiative. The new CCE Perennial Food Plot “focuses on long-lasting fruit trees and bushes that do well in our hot dry Mediterranean climate,” says Jeremiah Woolsey, CCE’s director of Digital Learning & Technology Solutions.