The first apprenticeship program offered at Sacramento State,
where participants earn a professional certificate, a promotion
and a pay raise, has won a prestigious award and a congratulatory
message from Sacramento’s mayor.
The Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program at
the College of Continuing Education (CCE) received the 2017
Engagement Award from the University Professional and Continuing
Education Association (UPCEA) West Region, which represents
continuing education institutions and universities in the western
United States and Canada.
Sacramento State Paramedic student Wil Stewart
dashed to join his family, taking his front
row seat at the University Union as an honored guest of
Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen.
Wil had just finished two local media interviews - one for
CBS13 and the other for Fox40 - and promised another
interview to KCRA, but he needed to take his seat
with the President preparing to go onstage for
his 2017 Fall Address.
Sacramento State Paramedic Program student
Wil Stewart with his parents, Traci and Bill Stewart. (Courtesy:
When Wil Stewart, a Sacramento State paramedic student, saved a
man from choking to death, the national attention he received
astonished him, even made him squirm a bit because, after all, he
“wasn’t raised to go around bragging,” he said.
As Denton Mitchell walked through the Sacramento State campus, he
noticed treasures that many of us pass every day but
may no longer notice.
Mitchell is a professional photographer invited by
Professors Ernie Olson and Esther Amato to document the 2017
Fashion Academy, one of the career workshops in the Summer
Academies for High School Students.
His photo gallery reminds us to look around once in a while.
Registration is underway for the 2018 Democracy in Action Academy
for high school students. Professor Laurie Kubicek will lead the
summer academy at Sacramento State July 9 – July 13, 8:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m. She is a criminal justice professor, a member of
the State Bar of California and the author of Crime in
California: A Case Reader in California Law, which offers a
well-balanced approach to teaching California criminal law.
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.
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.
Students in the Democracy in Action Academy visited Sacramento
City Hall for a chat with Mayor Darrell
Steinberg. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl, who
heads the academy, also took her high school students to the one
place that touches the lives of every citizen in
Graduates from Sacramento State’s first apprenticeship program
have completed all of their requirements and all 17 have received
their pay raise and promotion. Six months after their graduation,
interest in the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship
Program continues to grow, with a labor association
inviting the College of Continuing Education to return
and report on the apprenticeship’s success at its statewide
conference in September.
TV personality Courtney Dempsey from “Good Day” popped in for the
kickoff of the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students at
Sacramento State. She was particularly interested in the two new
additions to the line-up: the Coding Academy and the
Cyber Security Academy. So she caught up with the two computer
science professors who put it all together: Devin Cook and
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.
Dr. Bruner led many innovative programs at Sac State, including a
popular distance learning course in Hematology launched
internationally by the College of Continuing Education.
Dr. Bruner and Dr. Rose Leigh Vines were interviewed about their
cutting-edge course for Access Magazine in 2011. We are now
sharing the original article and never-before-seen pictures from
their photo shoot as a tribute.
Sacramento’s new city leader saluted the graduates of an
innovative apprenticeship program at Sacramento
State. These apprentices don’t work in
the industrial trades, like most apprentices, but in
workforce development. They’ve learned new skills to put
Californians back to work.
Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg spoke at the Workforce
Development Professional Apprenticeship Program graduation and
said graduates, like Megan Bailey, have an important role to play
in the city’s growth.
When instructor Jackie Alcalde Marr brings her leadership
workshop to the College of Continuing Education (CCE) at
Sacramento State, she will have participants slow down for
the day, take an honest look at themselves and answer the
question: are they being true to their personal values when they
lead and motivate others? She explains more in this one-minute video.
Her Authentic Leadership for True Leaders Workshop takes place on
Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at CCE.
Franz Wisner healed his broken heart by writing. When his fiancée
called off their wedding at the last minute, the Davis native not
only held a wedding reception without a bride, he went on a
honeymoon and took his brother. The experience turned into a New
York Times bestselling memoir, Honeymoon with My
Growing up in China, Jun Dai didn’t own a computer but he was
still able to master video games. He got access to computers and
the internet through “net bars” that rented machines by the
hour. And there, he discovered his passion and a profession,
not as a gamer but as a defender.
If you can decipher “PB&J,” then without a doubt you can
start coding, as in writing a computer program, says
computer scientist Devin Cook.
Cook is a computer science professor at Sacramento State, who
will lead the Coding Academy for High School Students. This
academy and one on Cyber Security are the newest offerings
in the 2017 Summer Academies for High School
Students at Sacramento State.
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.