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.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures beginning in
March, Jill Matsueda was initially optimistic about the potential
for Sacramento State’s Summer Youth Programs to offer welcome
respite to local kids and teens cooped up in their homes
That optimism changed first to heartbreak when she realized that
the programs, held on campus each June and July, also would be
affected by social-distancing protocols remaining in force into
summer. Her keen disappointment, however, changed to
determination when she and other University leaders decided
to forge ahead and offer the much-loved courses online.
As a young officer with the California Highway Patrol, Mark
Fields got some useful advice from his sergeant, to prepare
a “back-up” in case an injury sidelined his career.
Fortunately, that never happened and Lieutenant Fields
spent nearly 30 years with the CHP before retiring.
But he still prepared for “that second career - just in
case,” he said.
Sacramento State honored newly promoted Battalion Chief Derek
Parker with a 2019 Made at Sac State tribute for his
leadership in starting the University’s Paramedic Program
and for serving as an example, when he returned to college at 32.
Read writer Jonathan Morales’ feature, “Derek Parker completes
his degree and starts a new program at Sac State,” following a
2-part video series produced by Jessica Jarrety.
Veunta Dailey says she went in and out of college until the day
her employer went out of business. “I knew a degree completion
program would help me to finally complete my bachelor’s degree
and realize my true potential in real time.” Veunta’s story is
When Jeanne Shuman went back to school, she described
herself as “a 57-year-old divorced mother who was reinventing
life through the power of education.” At the time she was
overcoming anxiety and post-traumatic stress as a
victim of domestic violence. The ordinary bustle and noise
of college life overwhelmed her and she needed a quieter
Leadership for the Government Executive (LGE) reached a milestone
in 2017 by celebrating its 25th cohort graduation. Steve Taketa,
bureau chief in the California State Controller’s Office, was
among the graduates and credits LGE for making him a better boss.
Wendy La was the first in her family to go to college. She earned
a degree in psychology but later realized her passion was
working in speech pathology with children. She found a degree
program tailored to her needs at Sacramento State.
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.
William Stewart heard a man choking and his training immediately
kicked in. Wil, who’s a firefighter and student in our
Paramedic Program, was waiting to be interviewed for an
internship when he saw the man in distress and immediately
performed the Heimlich maneuver. Wil’s heroic deed made
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.
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.
Brandon Anderson studied music and vocal performance with dreams
of becoming an opera singer. But with a sluggish economy and
orchestras barely hanging on, he went in search of other work. He
unexpected found a new audience to inspire when
he became a job coach for people with disabilities. His work
earned him a spot in the Workforce Development Professional
A year ago, Matt was a job coach going through the Workforce
Development Professional Apprenticeship Program. He was hired by
the California Workforce Association as a program manager coming
out of the program. He just received his first-year
evaluation and he continues to impress his boss. Matt has
been promoted to a program director and received a nice raise
Ira Ayers played football in high school and college and later
coached a high school football team. He was a natural in his
career as a job coach, but he never received formal training
until the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)
selected him for theWorkforce
Development Professional Apprenticeship Program. And there, he
discovered his ability to “grow and change.”
Anyone can shoot a video on a smartphone. But not everyone
can produce a video that captures your attention and leaves
a lasting impression. High school students rose to the challenge
during the 2017 Multimedia Journalism Summer Academy at
Their assignment: “Tell Your Video Story in 100 Seconds!”
As Megan Bailey went through the Workforce Development
Professional Apprenticeship Program, her background as a
graphic artist and her nine years as a job coach paid off. Before
the program ended, the California Workforce Association (CWA)
hired her and two other apprentices as program managers to handle
workforce development issues on a statewide level.
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.
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.