​​​SDSU Beat 

November 17, 2016

SDSU Reaches out to People Worldwide
      Orientation for international students at SDSU is very difficult. Not only are the students dealing with a new campus and an unfamiliar curriculum; At the same time, they’re adjusting to life in a foreign country. 
      Kotaro Nakamura remembers his own excitement and trepidation from the time—nearly 40 years ago—when he arrived from Japan to enroll in San Diego State University’s American Language Institute. When he recounts those feelings at the ALI orientation each year, he tells the students that coming to SDSU changed his life.
      Rather than return to Japan after his ALI coursework was completed, Nakamura remained in San Diego, earned a master’s degree in art and design from SDSU and was co-founded an architectural design firm. 
      Today, he is director of the greatly expanded School of Art and Design.
      Nakamura came to SDSU before the Internet was widely used. He discovered the campus through a Tokyo travel agency brochure, and was attracted by its environmental design program. 
      Language was a barrier from the start. Nakamura barely spoke English, though he had studied the language through middle school, high school and university.
     “Japanese foreign language education is based on reading and writing, not speaking,” he said. “When I first came to the United States, I hung around Japanese students and spoke Japanese because I was scared. My English became much better after I met my girlfriend.”
      Katherine, an English major at SDSU, eventually became his wife of 36 years. After their relationship turned serious, Nakamura abandoned plans to return to Japan and instead became an instructor at SDSU and partner in Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, an architectural design firm in San Diego and Ventura. 
      The firm specializes in building public works and promoting resilient design. It led the renovation and expansion of San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park and the construction of several classroom buildings at San Diego City Community.
      “My teaching and practice feed off each other,” Nakamura said. “What I teach in the classroom is directly influenced by what I see in my practice. If I were just teaching, I wouldn’t learn what is going on in the design industry.”
      Nakamura remembers his student days at ALI, when classes were held in a two-story apartment building at the edge of campus. Current ALI students learn English in the Gateway Center, the hub of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. 
      The ALI hosts up to 3,000 students annually. Since welcoming its first cohort of students in 1974, the ALI has been noted for its internationally-recognized English as a Second Language programs. It also provides international students the opportunity to study at an American university for one or two semesters through its Semester at SDSU program, where credits will be listed on an official SDSU transcript. 
     When Nakamura speaks to ALI students at orientation, he tells them he was once in their shoes.
     “I look at these students and see myself from years ago. Once in a while, I get to go back to Japan,” he said. “It’s a very tough life there compared to San Diego. My friends there seem so old.”

November 10, 2016

SDSU Plans Study Abroad Program in Uganda
     Uganda, called “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, promises to be quite a gem for students who participate in a study abroad program next summer through San Diego State University.
     “Being there is an amazing experience,” said Judy Shepherd, Ph.D., who will guide the 17-day, faculty-led study abroad program Women and Development: Issues and Initiatives Impacting Women in Rural Uganda. She previously spent three years in Uganda from 2012-15 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and visiting lecturer at Uganda Christian University (UCU).
      “Uganda is on the equator, bordering five countries,” Shepherd added. “The culture values hospitality and education, and living there was such an enriching experience for me.”
      Uganda has a growing middle class and hosts many development agencies which promote access to primary and secondary education, water/sanitation/health projects, and reduction of deep poverty through income generating activities. Among those helping is the Widows & Orphans Support Organization Uganda (WOSO-UG), which supports 56 orphaned children in primary school, widows through a micro-credit project, and a community secondary school, with Shepherd as its U.S. fundraising coordinator.
      Shepherd said the study abroad program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of development challenges and initiatives in Uganda. It includes three units of credit and is open to students in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies, graduate students at SDSU, students from other colleges and universities, and the general public.
      The course includes visits to three regions:
      n  Central Uganda, visiting micro-enterprise and HIV/AIDS prevention programs and attending cultural activities in the capitol city of Kampala
      n  Southwestern Uganda, crossing the equator and visiting a community secondary school, micro-credit project, and health clinic
      n  Northern Uganda, observing service projects focused on rehabilitation and reconstruction after the country's 20-year insurgency, as well going to a national park where animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses roam
      “I want students to be able to learn from Ugandan educators and leaders and to be able to see first-hand community projects making a difference,” Shepherd said. “I want them to see how people help each other and themselves to bring about change.”
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

November 03, 2016

SDSU Hosting Creative Events Workshop
     San Diego State University is offering a one-day workshop that will enable participants to use an innovative hands-on approach to understanding, designing and delivering events through a strategic management template for developing new or documenting existing events and conference models.
     The #EventCanvas course is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and features a proven method, used by leading organizations such as the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and Internet Society as a visual strategic management template for developing new innovations based on stakeholder needs.  
     Instructor Theresa Breining is a principal with Breining Group LLC, whose focus is facilitating, training, and consulting in the meeting industry. She has been included several times as one of the “Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry” and was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders in 2010 in recognition of her lifetime of leadership.
     The #EventCanvas enables teams within organizations to align their activities by illustrating the potential trade-offs of their events and getting leadership aligned with the jobs to be done by the event. 
     Building a thorough event model canvas can be achieved through a sequential, 10-step methodology that employs a range of visual thinking techniques, including empathy mapping,  experience journey, and instructional design modelling. #EventCanvas is available for download at EventCanvas.org
Course Objectives:
      Understand event model canvas methodology and templates to visually articulate the value of an event, align stakeholders and consciously design events that matter
Experience the value and persuasiveness of a visual strategy for an event
Create, design and prototype new events using the canvas 
      Cost of the SDSU event is $209. For details and registration, email cesmep@sdsu.edu, call (619) 594-1138, or visit neverstoplearning.net/meeting.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 27, 2016

Learn How to Teach English Abroad through SDSU
     San Diego State University will offer two sessions during spring for a program through its American Language Institute that prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach English overseas.
     The TESL/TEFL Certificate program will take place weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jan. 23-Feb. 17 and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 31-April 20. This 130-hour program combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience.
     Students will benefit from specialized sessions in language acquisition theory, understanding the English-language learner, classroom atmosphere and management, lesson planning, grammar for teachers, and more.
     “The TESL/TEFL program at ALI exceeded my expectations,” said program graduate Barbara Van Dyken. “The instructors were knowledgeable and easy to follow. The opportunities for teaching and interacting with the ESL students were plentiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.”
     Added program graduate Zachary York: “During the time I spent at SDSU’s American Language Institute, I discovered the intersection of my passions and education. I embarked on my journey not knowing where I would land; sights set on using my skill set to better the world. ALI has given me the keys to the kingdom and the ability to unlock the potential of my abilities. I have found what I am to do; what makes my heart sing.”
     More than 500 graduates have been employed in 40-plus countries with the help of this ALI program that offers worldwide job placement assistance. Cost of the program is $2,775.
     For more information, visit ali.sdsu.edu/teslteflcertificate or email jgreeno@mail.sdsu.edu.
     This is an SDSU Research Foundation program through the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 20, 2016

SDSU Offers Top-Ranked MPA Online Degree Program
      The application deadline is Nov. 1 for the next cohort in San Diego State University’s highly-ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) Online degree program that begins in January 2017. 
      Ranked the No. 1 program of its kind in the California State University system and fifth in California by US News and World Report (2012), this 16-month program is offered to experienced professionals who currently work in government and nonprofit agencies.
      The rigorous format has been designed for working professionals who are employed in managerial positions in public administration, nonprofit administration, urban planning, criminal justice, or related fields. Past experience in these fields will be considered for applicants who are not currently working in the public or nonprofit sector. 
      The 36-unit online curriculum is the same as the campus-based program. However, the fast-track, online program is taught in six, two-month modules with two-on-campus experiences – at the beginning and end of the program.
      In each two-month module, students take two accelerated courses as part of an online peer cohort. They receive a brief break (generally two weeks) between modules.
      The final module consists of a capstone research course where students develop an applied research project. It is then presented to a panel of professional practitioners and faculty during the final on-campus visit.
      For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/MPA, call (619) 594-4604, or email rsobie@mail.sdsu.edu.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 13, 2016

SDSU Debuts Exclusive Wine & Cuisine Immersion in Spain
      Imagine what it would be like to sample wine straight from the barrel in Spain.
      How about dining in an ancient wine cave, medieval village, or modernist pintxos bars?
      Or having a guided visit to a contemporary wine cave, walking through vineyards by the sea, or learning the harvest process?
      These experiences – and many more – can be yours as part of the Professional Wine & Cuisine Immersion in the Rioja and Basque regions of Spain on May 6-12, 2017. The trip is the first ever in the new Wine Education Abroad division of the SDSU College of Extended Studies professional certificate program in the Business of Wine.
      “If you ever wanted to explore the wine and food of Spain and have someone take you to places you cannot get to on your own, this trip is for you,” said Deborah Lazear, CSW, a certified Spanish wine educator who will provide 12 hours of instruction during this fascinating excursion.
      In addition, the tour is led by Spanish guide Ana Gabriela Serra who specializes in providing tailored itineraries in this region.
      “This trip is very exclusive,” Lazear said. “Our tour guide has created relations with wineries that are not open to the public but will be open to us.”
       Students will travel by private transportation, enjoy private sommelier-level tours, experience private tours of vineyards and museums, and have private daily wine classes. Their instruction time will count toward one elective or intensive course in the Business of Wine program.
      “Spain is not New World; it’s Old World,” Lazear said. “Students will get a first-hand experience of how history has molded wine in Spain and influenced the world.”
      Cost per person is $2,938 (double occupancy) or $3,278 (single occupancy). Airfare is not included. The first trip deposit is due Nov. 14, 2016. There is also a $299 course registration fee due to SDSU.
      For more information, email wine@mail.sdsu.edu or visit neverstoplearning.net/winetravel
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

September 29, 2016

SDSU Offers Marketing Courses in October
     SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering two October courses in its Professional Certificate in Marketing program.
“Social Media Strategies for Business,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 1. The course includes an in-depth study of how businesses and organizations use social media tools as part of their communications programs. Students will learn how the most popular applications in the social media arena can be used to accomplish marketing goals and build awareness for their organizations. Instructor Alex Cameron is the founder & CEO of Signature Social Marketing Consulting. Registration is $319 for SDX members and $329 for the general public ($349 after Sept. 24).
      The second class, “Mobile Marketing,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. In this course, students will learn how to effectively use mobile platforms, such as smartphones, tablets, and iPads, as key tools in optimizing their mobile marketing strategy. They’ll also discover how to integrate social and traditional marketing into their mobile efforts and effectively increase audience engagement. Instructor Keith Lovgren is director of Conversion Rate Optimization at InternetMarketingInc.com. Registration is $299 for SDX members and $309 for the general public ($329 after Oct. 9).
       SDSU's College of Extended Studies and SDX – San Diego's premier media, marketing and technology organization for brands, agencies, publishers and startups – joined forces to offer this program featuring the very latest information. You'll learn skills and multi-platform strategies you can apply immediately from San Diego-based instructors who are recognized thought leaders and innovators. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/marketing, send an e-mail to marketingcert@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-2099.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 September 22, 2016

SDSU Health Care Courses Lead to Occupations
      Health care occupations will add more jobs than any other group between now and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry currently has more than 13 million jobs and is expected to experience continued growth due to advances in medicine and an aging population.
      San Diego State University offers students the opportunity to enroll in classroom certificate courses through its College of Extended Studies in the booming health care field, which has eight of the top 20 fastest-growing professions, according to the BLS. 
These accelerated courses that prepare students for state certification exams start Oct. 3: Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep, and EKG Technician Certification. The Clinical Medical Assistant course also includes an externship opportunity where students earn valuable clinical patient hours.
      “This program is well-rounded, professional and innovative,” said Makenna Wilcoxson, a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program. “It can really help open many doors for students — whether it’s getting medical assistant licensure or going on to further your medical profession. The externship is a great way to get your foot in the door. Students leave the program with 150-160 hours of medical experience. This looks great on a resume.”
      Dan Ines, a graduate of the Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep program, said it has been invaluable to his career progress. 
      “I took the PTCB exam and I’m proud to say that I passed,” he explained. “This is what I had hoped to gain and, with certainty, the expectation has been met. I give credit to the Pharmacy Technician Program at SDSU for helping me meet this milestone.”
       Added student Lucinda Bartek from the EKG Technician Certification program: “It was a wonderful experience and I will tell others about this program. The teacher, Dr. Farook, was exceptional and I felt blessed to have been taught by him. He made the class very interesting and held my interest every evening, especially after a full day at work.”
       The health care program is approved for Military Spouse and Workforce Benefits, as well as by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
       For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/healthcare, email healthcare.ces@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3297.
 SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

September 15, 2016

SDSU Offers Online Professional Certificate Programs in Nutrition
      Employment of nutritionists and dietitians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the report concludes that individuals who have earned certificates or advanced degrees in a specialty area may enjoy better job prospects.
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers two fully-online certificate programs designed for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, registered dieticians (RD) and dietetic technician-registered (DTR) professionals seeking CEUs, as well as health enthusiasts wanting to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating. The programs provide an in-depth examination of advanced sports nutrition, vitamin/protein supplementation, functional food implementation, antioxidants, and meal-plan analysis for optimal performance.
      “I have had many students over the years send me emails that it’s changed their lives, and the way they eat and practice their lifestyle,” said instructor Melissa Halas-Liang, who has taught in the program for nearly 15 years. “That’s why I’m still teaching. I teach because I love it.”
       Students can choose from two certificate programs: Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness; or Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports. The first program consists of three online courses; the second includes the same three online courses plus Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance.
       “I always say you get what you give,” Halas-Liang added. “The more students put into their class discussion questions and reading my feedback with additional education links, the more they get out of it. But the goal is to finish within eight weeks and work at a pace that works with your lifestyle and schedule.”
       For additional information visit neverstoplearning.net/nutrition, call (619) 594-3297, or email healthcare.ces@mail.sdsu.edu
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 

September 08, 2016

SDSU’s Online Construction Courses Helping Build Careers
      Nearly 80 percent of states (39 of 50) saw their construction employment numbers increase from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
     “Depending on market segment and geography, many firms report they are having a hard time finding enough workers to keep pace with demand,” Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the AGC, said in a news release. 
      Helping meet this increasing demand are SDSU College of Extended Studies online certificate programs in Civil Sitework, Construction Estimating, Construction Practices, Construction Project Management, and Construction Supervision. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these programs help you write your own ticket for a successful career in construction.
      The next session of online courses begin Sept. 12; the last day to register is Sept. 19. All programs are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering for professional development credit. 
      “Just two years ago I was a college student working as an entry-level intern, and now I’m in a management role as an assistant superintendent building new home communities,” said program graduate Mark Gonzalez       of Pardee Homes San Diego. “Taking courses through SDSU’s Extended Studies program is one of the best educational investments I’ve made.”
     Each course meets online for 10 weeks. Students should budget five to seven hours per week for each class. 
     “I work up to 60 hours per week, so it’s very convenient for me to take these courses online at home,” said former student Pete Spangler. “I don’t have to leave my children or my family and I’m not rushing to campus to try to make a class. I was able to connect with people across the country. They had some really good insight and I learned a lot of valuable information from them.”
Financial aid may be available to students through programs like the federal Workforce Investment Act and MyCAA for military spouses.
For an online demo, go to constructionclasses.com/potential_student.htm. For additional information visit neverstoplearning.net/construction, call (619) 594-3297, or email construction-­ces@sdsu.edu.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 ​August 11, 2016

SDSU Offers Year-Round Military Educational Benefits 
     San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers more than 25 programs year-round that are approved for veterans’ education and military spouse benefits.
Those still in the service and those who have completed their duty can pursue certificate programs, career training programs, degree programs, and professional skills courses. Fields include business finance and administration, construction, educational services, financial services, health and human services, hospitality, human resources, and information technology.
     The MyCAA program provides up to $4,000 ($2,000 per fiscal year) of workforce development scholarships to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or associate's degree in a portable career field and occupation. To determine eligibility, visit MyCAA’s Web site at: https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/MyCAA/. For questions, call the Military OneSource Career Counselor at (800) 342-9647.
     “SDSU is recognized nationally as one of the top military-friendly schools,” said Fatima Peyton, military & veterans services representative for CES. “We provide exemplary support to active duty, veterans, and military dependents by offering numerous certificate programs which focus on education-to-career occupations. Our goal is to continue to provide the necessary resources to assist veterans with maximizing their VA educational benefits, and our commitment is to give back to those who have served our country.”
      Classes are available either online or on-site at SDSU. Most SDSU College of Extended Studies on-site classes are held in the evenings, to better accommodate work and family schedules.
For more information concerning SDSU College of Extended Studies military benefits, visit the College’s military web pages at neverstoplearning.net/military, email cesveterans@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3047.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
July 28, 2016

SDSU Offers Regulatory Affairs Programs
     San Diego State University offers a Master of Science and Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Affairs, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs offered jointly with University of San Diego School of Law.
     Students in these WASC-accredited, fully online programs learn about current laws, regulations, and good manufacturing processes mandated by major governmental regulatory agencies, specifically the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its international counterparts. Topics related to the discovery, development, testing, manufacture, commercialization, and post-marketing surveillance of pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device products are at the core of these programs.
     “I saw an immediate difference in my career when I started the program,” said graduate Anna Freed, who manages a team of quality assurance consultants for a large, international client. “Starting the program showed my commitment to personal growth to the management team at my previous company, which led to me being designated the lead on several large and very visible projects, which eventually led to a promotion. I got offered a consulting position about a year ago, and was promoted to the management team of the consulting company in the last few months because of my performance and relationships with the client. I would not have had the necessary knowledge to perform my role if I had not completed the MS program.” 
     These regulatory science programs are offered by SDSU’s College of Sciences in partnership with the College of Extended Studies. Prospective students must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
     “I found that the SDSU Regulatory Affairs program did an outstanding job in presenting a comprehensive and thorough education in all aspects of the regulation of drug development,” said graduate Kenneth A. Kern, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., senior medical director at a pharmaceutical company. “It has helped greatly in my viewing the FDA and its interactions with pharmaceutical companies not as adversarial, but as a collaborative effort to protect the health of the American public. The breadth of training from the SDSU Regulatory Affairs program has really made my job easier, more effective, and more enjoyable, as the training has helped me find common ground with colleagues in all aspects of drug development.”
     SDSU is also partnering with the University of San Diego School of Law on a six-course Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs – the only program of its kind in the nation – which helps students build professional skills that employers are seeking in science, law, and business. This certificate provides an interdisciplinary approach to expand the knowledge base of life science professionals working to translate scientific discovery into commercial products. 
For more information on these programs, call (619) 594-6030, email regsci@mail.sdsu.edu, or visit regsci.sdsu.edu.

July 28, 2016

OLLI at SDSU Seeking Instructors for Spring 2017 Semester
      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University is accepting course proposals through Aug. 11 from prospective instructors for the spring 2017 semester.
OLLI at SDSU offers adults age 50 and better a chance to return to campus and study a fascinating array of topics. There are no tests, grades, or exams – just the thrill of intellectual growth, and the camaraderie of a vibrant learning community. OLLI members tend to be college-educated, highly-engaged learners, who are retired or partially retired from accomplished careers.
      Instructors who have yet to teach with OLLI are asked to submit proposals for a one-day lecture early in the semester, which begins Feb. 6. Proposals are welcome on any topic. The most-requested topics from OLLI members during the last two semesters were art, film/TV/theater, history, music, and philosophy. 
     Current instructors say they enjoy teaching for OLLI because the students are extremely interested in the subject matter and bring unique life perspectives to class discussions. 
     “I love to learn, and the only reason that I ever hesitated with higher education is because I get too stressed about tests and deadlines,” instructor Susan McBeth said. “OLLI is such a perfect solution for people like me, and so when I see that so many other OLLI students are participating, it is exciting to share those experiences with others who are like-minded.”
      For more information, call (619) 594-2863 or email osher@mail.sdsu.edu
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 
July 21, 2016

SDSU’s Beer Camp Hosting Students from Around the World
     Beer enthusiasts from as far away as Brazil, Colombia, and Western Australia will be attending the new and all-encompassing Craft Beer Education Camp offered through San Diego State University’s Business of Craft Beer certificate program.
     Attendees are also coming from Alabama, Arizona, California, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
What’s the draw?
     The SDSU craft beer program has been off the charts since its inception in the fall of 2013, with courses selling out in minutes.
     The program’s popularity mirrors the booming craft beer industry in San Diego, which is currently the Craft Beer Capital of the U.S. According to the latest list compiled by West Coaster, there are 129 craft beer breweries in San Diego and 23 more in the works.
      Students chose from SDSU’s Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp, July 24-Aug. 1, which offers intensive preparation for industry exams such as Cicerone® and BJCP; and Brewery Startup Camp, Aug. 2-10, featuring everything attendees need to know to launch a brewery. Each offers eight glorious days of hands-on learning and tasting, and one free day to explore San Diego. Three students will be attending both camps.
     “If they’re new to craft beer, we will ignite their passion,” said instructor “Dr.” Bill Sysak, the craft beer ambassador for Stone Brewing Co. “If they’ve been around the industry for a while, we will fan the flame that originally got them into craft beer. Summer camp will include days of intensive education made fun and interesting by our knowledgeable instructors.”
     All courses were developed by the instructors and advisory board members of SDSU's Professional Certificate program – a who's who of San Diego craft-beer industry superstars – to ensure the most relevant training. 
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 May 12, 2016

Learn to Teach English Abroad through SDSU
       San Diego State University will offer two sessions this summer for a program through its American Language Institute that prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach English overseas.
      The TESL/TEFL Certificate program will take place weekdays, 8 am-4:30 pm, June 6-30 and July 11-Aug. 5. This 130-hour program combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience.
      Students will benefit from specialized sessions in language acquisition theory, understanding the English-language learner, classroom atmosphere and management, lesson planning, grammar for teachers, and more.
      “The TESL/TEFL program at ALI exceeded my expectations,” said program graduate Barbara Van Dyken. “The instructors were knowledgeable and easy to follow. The opportunities for teaching and interacting with the ESL students were plentiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.”
       Added program graduate Zachary York: “During the time I spent at SDSU’s American Language Institute, I discovered the intersection of my passions and education. I embarked on my journey not knowing where I would land; sights set on using my skill set to better the world. ALI has given me the keys to the kingdom and the ability to unlock the potential of my abilities. I have found what I am to do; what makes my heart sing.”
      More than 500 graduates have been employed in 40-plus countries with the help of this ALI program that offers worldwide job placement assistance. Cost of the program is $2,725.
      For more information, visit ali.sdsu.edu/teslteflcertificate or email jgreeno@mail.sdsu.edu.
      This is an SDSU Research Foundation program through the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

May 05, 2016

SDSU Ranks Among Nation’s Top Project Management Programs
      San Diego State University ranks among the top 50 in “best value” for project management certificate programs in the U.S., according to valuecolleges.com. Offered through its College of Extended Studies, SDSU’s Project Management program is listed as No. 41 among national universities and colleges, and No. 3 within California State University institutions.
      The SDSU curriculum is designed to give project managers (and any other professionals who work on projects) the tools they need to successfully manage any type of project – regardless of scope or industry. To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete seven required courses and two electives within five years.
     Project management is one of the fastest-growing career tracks in the world today, with growth over the next four years expected to top 19 percent (for IT project management), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of the programs featured on the Best Value list, including SDSU, are affiliated with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the global standard association in the field.
     The Best Value rankings consider all U.S. colleges and universities that offer a project management certificate program (more than 150 institutions), then measure them by the following metrics:
      U.S. News & World Report
Payscale College Salary Report 2015-16
Actual cost
       Institutions topping the list are Bryant University, Caltech, North Carolina State University, Rutgers University, and University of Chicago. Among CSU programs, Sacramento State ranks No. 32 and San Francisco State is No. 33.
     For more information on SDSU’s program, visit www.neverstoplearning.net/PM
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

April 28, 2016

SDSU Offers Contract Management Certificate Courses
      The Professional Certificate in Contract Management/Advanced Contract Management program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the key concepts associated with the pursuit and management of contracts.
     Case studies and hands-on exercises ensure students leave each class with skills they can apply immediately on the job. Courses starting in May are:
      Essential Contract Management Techniques, Mondays, May 9-June 20, 6-9 pm
     Teaming, Partnering, and Subcontracting, Thursdays, May 19-June 23, 6-9 pm
     To earn a certificate, students must take six core and four elective courses. The affiliated advanced certificate is earned by taking four additional electives.
      This program is offered in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. The advisory board is comprised of local industry experts, ensuring updated topics of interest to both federal and commercial practitioners. More than one course may be taken at a time.
      “Our company is moving into the commercial pump world after 18 years of nothing but government contracts and this program has helped me show my employer that I have the ability to handle both government and commercial contracts as we grow,” said Roger George, operations manager, Eddy Pump Corporation.
      “Each class thoroughly covered various important topics in the defense contracting industry and I learned many useful things that I would not have learned in my daily work,” said Camille P. Asaro, contract administrator, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “By the end of the program, I was quickly advancing in my job due to the enhanced knowledge. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in this career path.”
     For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/contract, email jshamiyeh@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-5489.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

April 14, 2016

​San Diego Resident Donates to OLLI at SDSU
     When Kevin Staff considers he has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for nearly 35 years, he is impressed by people who never stop learning. That’s why he decided to donate posthumously 20 percent of his estate to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU for individuals 50 years of age and better.
     “I believe in lifelong learning and using your mind,” he said. “If you don’t use it, it atrophies.”
     Staff is a native San Diegan and sees this community as “a very special place.” He graduated in 1973 from Crawford High School, just up the road from SDSU.
     During six subsequent years working in administration for the U.S. Army, he first earned an associate’s degree from George Washington University. Later, he completed night courses while in the military and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in Frankfurt, Germany. 
     Staff then studied abroad one year in Peru as an SDSU graduate student in linguistics before teaching in Sapporo, Japan, from 1984-87. From there, he spent a year helping establish an ESL program in Guadalajara, Mexico, before spending the next eight years teaching primarily to Panasonic employees in Osaka, Japan.
     After a year of being “semi-retired” in Prescott, Ariz., he came back to San Diego for good in 1997, spending his first summer teaching at SDSU’s American Language Institute. He taught at Palomar College from 1997-2015 and currently is teaching at Cuyamaca College, where he has been since 2002.
     During it all, the “Aztec for Life” alumni member never forgot about SDSU. Staff discussed his possible donation with the SDSU Alumni Association before deciding that OLLI was the best way to go.
     “When I turned 60 last year, it was time to draw up my living trust,” he said. “I was aware that OLLI existed at SDSU. To me, this was something good to do.”
     According to Staff, he would like to possibly organize a religious workshop each year through OLLI. His mother, an active member at the family’s lifelong church of Faith Presbyterian, worked as a secretary in the School of Social Work at SDSU.
     “At Cuyamaca College, I am teaching Chaldean Christians alongside Muslims,” he said. “For the most part, they try to get along. They all left places that are not good.
     “Different religions seem to have similarities. Can’t we all agree to disagree and get along?”
     By leaving part of his legacy through OLLI at SDSU, Staff will help ensure that people 50 and better have a place for great classes and discussions.
      OLLI at SDSU offers a vibrant and diverse learning community for adults 50 and better, with intellectually stimulating, university-quality courses and engaging leadership and volunteer opportunities. To learn more visit neverstoplearning.net/osher, call 619-594-2863, or email osher@mail.sdsu.edu.

April 07, 2016

SDSU Hosts Marketing Certificate Info Session
     San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies is hosting a free information session for its career-enhancing Professional Certificate in Marketing program from 6:30-8 pm Monday, April 11 at Woodstock’s Pizza, 6145 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego.
     Prospective students will be able to network with industry organizations, meet program instructors, and ask questions. Pizza and salad will be provided, and all attendees will have an opportunity to win a free course.
     This program is designed for those in a junior marketing position, businesses owners managing their own marketing, and those aspiring to a new career.
     Students learn skills and multiplatform strategies they can apply immediately with this program, created in partnership with SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club). Courses are taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community.
     For more information or to RSVP, visit neverstoplearning.net/marketing, email marketingcert@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-2099.
     Here’s what program graduates have to say:
     “The classes were practical, timely, and relevant with experienced instructors, who worked in local companies, doing what they were teaching.” ~ Ian Cook, analyst, Cubic Corporation
     “I went into the program expecting to learn best practices from a real world instructor, and I did.” ~ Aaron Krueger
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

March 31, 2016

SDSU Hosts Professional Development Conference
      San Diego State University is offering an interactive two-day conference “DevelopU” on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and18, where attendees will learn how to leverage their natural strengths and preferences to attain their dream job, next promotion, or any life goal. The conference takes place at the SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and SDSU College of Extended Studies Center.
     Award-winning transformation consultant Annette Gregg of Difference Makers Consulting, and a team of specialists in their respective fields will facilitate the skill-building sessions that will transform the attendees’ approach to work and life. Cost of the conference is $249 and includes lunch on Saturday.
     Conference features:
Friday, June 17, 6-9 pm
Essential Skills Topics 
• Powerful Written and Verbal Communication 
• Increasing Your Efficiency: Time Management and Prioritization 
• Asking Better Questions and Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity 
Saturday, June 18, 9 am-4 pm 
Essential Skills Topics 
• Identifying Your Natural Strengths and Leveraging your Personal Brand
• Rebounding and Managing Chang
• Emotional Intelligence and the Power of Positive Thinking
• Goal Setting and Building Community 
     Breakout sessions are: Effective Résumés and Interviewing Skills, Being Your Own Boss: Becoming a Consultant, Getting Your Finances in Order, and Creating a Powerful LinkedIn Profile.
     For details and registration, visit neverstoplearning.net/developU, or email grodriguez@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-3986.
    This is an SDSU Research Foundation program managed by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

March 24, 2016

SDSU’s Career-Building Online Construction Courses Starting
      Construction firms added 19,000 workers in February, and the industry’s number of unemployed workers was at its lowest February total since 2000, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).  
     “The overall picture for construction employment is very positive with robust job growth and very little unemployment,” Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist, told the AGC. “Yet it appears that many nonresidential construction firms have run out of people to hire to keep pace with demand for new projects.”
     To help meet this increasing demand, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers its online certificate programs in Civil Sitework, Construction Estimating, Construction Practices, Construction Project Management, and Construction Supervision. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these programs help you write your own ticket for a successful career in construction.
     The next online courses begin April 4; the last day to register is April 11. All programs are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering. 
     “I’ve been putting much of what I learned in the online courses to good use,” said Mark Gonzalez, assistant construction superintendent, Pardee Homes San Diego. “Coupled with my internship experiences throughout the last few years, I’m certain the Construction Supervision certificate I received played a big part in securing my new job. I fondly believe it is one of the best educational investments I have made, and has provided me with real-world, practical knowledge as I embark in my construction career.”  
     Each course meets online for ten weeks. Students should budget five to seven hours per week for each class. 
     “I learned a lot about every phase of construction, reading plans, and how to bid each different scope,” said Construction Estimating student Angela Slevinsky, project coordinator, White Construction. “I also learned a lot of construction vocabulary and definitions. Now when I talk to subcontractors at work, I feel so much more confident that I actually know what I’m talking about.”
     Financial aid may be available to students through programs like the federal Workforce Investment Act and MyCAA.
     For an online demo, go to ConstructionClasses.com/demo course. For additional information visit neverstoplearning.net/construction, email construction-­ces@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594­-3297.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

March 17, 2016

Learn How to Teach English Worldwide through SDSU
     San Diego State University will offer two sessions this summer for a program through its American Language Institute that prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach English overseas.
     The TESL/TEFL Certificate program will take place weekdays, 8 am-4:30 pm, June 6-30 and July 11-Aug. 5. This 130-hour program combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience.
     Students will benefit from specialized sessions in language acquisition theory, understanding the English-language learner, classroom atmosphere and management, lesson planning, grammar for teachers, and more.
    “The TESL/TEFL program at ALI exceeded my expectations,” said program graduate Barbara Van Dyken. “The instructors were knowledgeable and easy to follow. The opportunities for teaching and interacting with the ESL students were plentiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.”
     Added program graduate Zachary York: “During the time I spent at SDSU’s American Language Institute, I discovered the intersection of my passions and education. I embarked on my journey not knowing where I would land; sights set on using my skill set to better the world. ALI has given me the keys to the kingdom and the ability to unlock the potential of my abilities. I have found what I am to do; what makes my heart sing.”
     More than 500 graduates have been employed in 40-plus countries with the help of this ALI program that offers worldwide job placement assistance. Cost of the program is $2,725.
     For more information, visit ali.sdsu.edu/teslteflcertificate or email jgreeno@mail.sdsu.edu.
     This is an SDSU Research Foundation program through the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

March 10, 2016

Explore SDSU Open House set for March 19
      Explore SDSU is a free, all-campus open house event for prospective students, families, alumni, and the community to get a glimpse of the Aztec experience at SDSU. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.
     There will be academic and student life workshops for admitted and prospective students, a campus-wide information fair, and tours that are not offered regularly throughout the year.
     And be sure to stop by the table hosted by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, which will feature many of the innovative programs that the college offers.
     Approximately 100 workshops will be offered during the open house to provide future Aztecs with an overview of admission processes, financial aid, majors, career services, and leadership opportunities.  
     An information fair, including nearly 400 booths set up around campus, will provide information on academic departments, housing, campus organizations, facilities, and programs.
     There will be numerous open houses and tours of campus facilities including KPBS, the studios and galleries of The School of Art and Design, laboratories of the College of Engineering, the Veterans House, Career Services, and residence halls. 
     SDSU alumni are also invited back to campus to reconnect with their favorite programs and departments and explore the changes occurring at the university. The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center will be open and offer information about alumni membership, chapters, and events.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

February 18, 2016

SDSU Hosts Management and Leadership Workshops
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering a Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership through a series of eight half-day workshops twice monthly, covering a broad range of topics.
Subjects are decision making and problem-solving, effective communication, empowering people through delegation, effective leadership behavior, building high-performing teams, emotional intelligence, managing employee performance, and resolving conflict.
“The Management and Leadership series was a step in the right direction for the advancement of my career,” said Sheilagh Carlisle, membership operations & distribution supervisor for KPBS. “Each subject was filled with practical knowledge, taught in an interactive way, giving me tools to utilize in my everyday management practices. I have been reminded of some classic management methods as well as coached on modern techniques, encouraging me to bring out the best in myself as a manager for my team.”
Students may take workshops individually to receive a letter of completion or finish all eight workshops to earn a certificate.
Each course takes place on Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 pm, beginning March 9:
Effective Leadership Behavior, March 9
Leading Winning Teams, March 23
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving, April 6
Productive Management of Conflict, April 20
Effective Communication Skills, May 4
Coaching and Managing for Performance, May 18
Increasing Emotional Intelligence, June 1
Leading in the Face of Change, June 15
Cost is $159 per workshop or $999 for the series. For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/leadership, email jshamiyeh@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-5489.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

February 04, 2016

SDSU Offers Health Care Industry Courses
     Health care occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth, through 2024, projecting to generate 9.8 million new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In its latest report, the BLS noted that “job growth in health care averaged 40,000 per month in 2015, compared with 26,000 per month in 2014.”
San Diego State University offers students the opportunity to enroll in both online and classroom certificate courses in the booming health care field, which has eight of the top 20 fastest-growing professions, according to the BLS.
      Through its College of Extended Studies, SDSU offers two year-round certificate programs online in Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness.
Classroom courses include Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep, and EKG Technician Certification. These are accelerated courses that prepare students for state certification exams. The Clinical Medical Assistant course also includes an externship opportunity where students earn valuable clinical patient hours.
 Makenna Wilcoxson, a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program, said the program has been invaluable to her career progress. 
“This program is well-rounded, professional and innovative. It can really help open many doors for students — whether it’s getting medical assistant licensure or going on to further your medical profession,” she said. “The externship is a great way to get your foot in the door. Students leave the program with 150-160 hours of medical experience. This looks great on a resume.”
Lorna Wassmer has benefitted from the health care program.
      “SDSU's Pharmacy Technician program has a very convenient schedule and location, especially for those who work full-time,” she said. “The program gave me the confidence I needed to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam, and I passed on my first try.”
      Added student Lucinda Bartek from the EKG Technician Certification program: “It was a wonderful experience and I will tell others about this program. The teacher, Dr. Farook, was exceptional and I felt blessed to have been taught by him. He made the class very interesting and held my interest every evening, especially after a full day at work.”
The College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.

January 28, 2016

SDSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Spring Courses
 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU offer more than 20 courses during the spring semester beginning Monday, Feb. 8 at the Extended Studies Center on the SDSU campus.
 The curriculum for the age 50-and-better program also includes workshops and lectures, as well as “members-only” events for book clubs, special events and Eduventures. 
Among the spring courses are:
 Why It’s the FIRST Amendment! (Why Freedom of Speech and Religion Remain so Important and Controversial); Mondays, Feb. 8-March 14, 1-2:50 pm
 Explore many free-speech and government-and-religion controversies, and learn why the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment is also first in importance and controversy.
Body Politics: Women’s Sexuality in American History; Wednesdays, Feb. 10-March 30, 9-10:50 am
Examine the dramatic changes in sexual behaviors and attitudes expected of women of various races and social classes throughout American history.
The 2016 Presidential Primaries: Candidate Stampede and Media Frenzy; Thursdays, Feb. 11-May 19 (every other week), 9-10:50 am
It’s a little less than 10 months before the General Election and already the media is in a deafening frenzy. Is this election all about the media?
Generational Crisis in the Middle East, from the End of WWI to Present; Tuesdays, April 5-26, 9-10:50 am
This course will help you gain a better understanding of the root causes of the current situation in Iraq and the Levant.
To find out more about OLLI or to become a member, call (619) 594-2863, e-mail osher@mail.sdsu.edu or visit neverstoplearning.net/osher.
This is a SDSU Research Foundation program managed by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

November 26, 2015

SDSU Offers Meeting and Event Planning Program
     San Diego is No. 4 in the nation as a destination for meetings and trade shows, in an annual list compiled by Cvent, a technology firm used worldwide by meeting planners for booking conventions.
     To prepare students for occupations in this continually growing industry – which is projected to have a 33.2% increase between now and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers its career-enhancing Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program.
     Now in its 25th year, the popular and ever-evolving program offers students – whether they're new to the industry or seasoned professionals – the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, and prepare for the MPI and ISES exams. The spring 2016 semester begins Jan. 5.
     Graduate Leah Sheffield, now the program manager at a national-brand destination management company, credits her SDSU instructors for helping her obtain such a prestigious occupation.
     “They know the local industry inside-out,” she said. “That helped me to understand that San Diego is one of the largest hubs in the world for both the private and corporate event sectors.”
     Students must complete seven core courses and 18 hours of electives (two or three courses, depending upon the choice) within two years to earn a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as six months.
     SDSU program graduate Molly Fry, a member of the Events team at Vistage where she plans one-day corporate conferences for members all over the country, said she would “absolutely” recommend the SDSU Meeting and Event Planning certificate program.
     “It’s given me credibility in my field and taught me a great deal about the industry in a short period of time,” she said.
For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/meeting, email cesmep@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-1138.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education, and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

​​November 19, 2015

SDSU Writers’ Conference set for January 22-24
      If you're a writer with a dream, get one step closer to being a writer with an agent by attending the 32nd Annual San Diego State University Writers' Conference on January 22-24 at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley.
     Keynote speakers are Richard Curtis, literary agent, and president of Richard Curtis Associates Inc.; and Tracy Sherrod, editorial director, Amistad, HarperCollins Publishers.
     Each year, more than 300 attendees come from all over the United States and as far away as Japan, South America, and Switzerland, to pursue their dreams of publication. And dreams do come true. The conference has launched the careers of numerous writers including best-selling crime novelist Neal Griffin, Young Adult science-fiction sensation Stephanie Diaz, and YA author Shannon Messenger.
     In addition to author and agent panels, workshops, and night-owl sessions that focus on the technical aspects of writing, attendees can get direct feedback on their writing from agents and editors. These 1:1 appointments are an invaluable opportunity to get one’s work in the hands of top industry professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences. Also, attendees benefit from the social aspect of the conference that includes a no-host mixer, networking lunch, and Saturday evening reception, along with the opportunity to mingle with other writers and editors and agents from throughout the United States.
     “Each time I attended the SDSU Writers’ Conference was important,” said Griffin, a 25-year police veteran and author of Benefit of the Doubt. “There’s no better way to learn about the craft of writing than meeting those who do it for a living. The writers are incredibly gracious and accessible at the SDSU Conference.”
      Diaz, an SDSU alumna, is the author of the trilogy Extraction, Rebellion, and Evolution. She attributes her success to what she learned at SDSU and the writers’ conference.
     “I studied film production in college (at SDSU) and was able to take a couple screenwriting classes with wonderful professors, which taught me many useful skills for storytelling. But I would credit most of what I’ve learned about writing to the books I’ve read throughout my life,” she said.
     Messenger, author of the young-adult series Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sky Fall, is an example of persistence.
     “I firmly believe that the only difference between a published author and an aspiring writer is time and effort. Everyone has a different journey toward publication. Some of us take longer. But if you keep writing, keep going, and never give up on yourself or this dream, you will get there eventually, I promise,” she said.
For complete information, visit neverstoplearning.net/writers, email sdsuwritersconference@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0845.

​​November 12, 2015

SDSU Offers Innovative Master of Arts Program
     According to campustechnology.com – an online publication covering education technology on college and university campuses – the burden is now on universities to advance the culture of innovation, to foster environments that accelerate learning and creativity, and to create the conditions for innovation to happen at all levels.
     SDSU is meeting all of these challenges by offering a Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 program, which is fully online and offered in cooperation with SDSU’s Department of Educational Leadership and the San Diego County Office of Education.
     The WASC-accredited program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in educational technology within their school or district.
Michelle Snyder, a mother of three, said the program is a perfect fit for her. Not only is she able to take her classes online from home, she can also apply what she learns to her current position as an English teacher at an accredited Vista Unified School District high school that offers online and blended learning.
     “I’m learning the same way my students learn,” she said. “It really has changed the way I teach. The class is a good balance of technology, pedagogy, and leadership.”
     Alex Gonzalez, technology coordinator at a San Diego charter school, already had two degrees from a local computer training college and a master’s degree in educational technology from Michigan State University.
     He said SDSU’s 15-month program gives him insight into how administrators facilitate education.
    “It’s a good experience to pull back the curtain and see why things are the way they are,” he said. “A lot of people want to change education; you have to look at the changing landscape of education first.
    “There’s a big shift in how students are learning. They don’t just open books, they’re navigating online. There’s a big need for administrators who have their ear to the ground and are taking a look at strategies.”
     Ulises Cisneros, second-grade Spanish-immersion teacher at a Lakeside elementary school, noted how fellow students in the inaugural program that began in September 2014 refer to themselves as “trailblazers.”
     “It’s been an amazing experience getting to start from the beginning,” he said. “We see how things work and don’t work. We get to collaborate with our instructors on how to make the program better.”

 For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/edleadership, email cward@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-2566.

November 05, 2015

SDSU Offers Marketing Classes to Public
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering two classes that start this month in its Professional Certificate in Marketing program.
      “Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Nov. 10 to Dec. 15. Through hands-on experience, learn how to develop a successful integrated marketing plan that is ready to be applied to a small, mid-size, or enterprise company. Instructor Cassandra Gucwa is a senior SEO strategist at iProspect. Registration is $369 for the general public.
      The second class, “Social Media Strategies for Business,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 12 to Dec. 17 (there is no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26). Discover how the most popular applications in the social media arena can be used to accomplish marketing goals and build awareness for your organization. Instructor Erika DiProfio is the director of marketing at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Registration is $349 for the general public.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies and SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club) joined forces to offer this up-to-the-minute program, taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community. You'll learn skills and multiplatform strategies you can apply immediately. For a schedule of classes and more information, visitneverstoplearning.net, send an e-mail to marketingcert@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-2099.
      SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 29, 2015

SDSU Offers Programs in Popular Health Care Field
     San Diego State University offers students the opportunity to enroll in both online and classroom certificate courses in the health care field, which has eight of the top 20 fastest-growing professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
     In its latest report, the BLS noted that “health care added 34,000 jobs in September, in line with the average increase of 38,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.” This is for an industry the BLS projected would have a total employment increase of 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade ending in 2022.
     Through its College of Extended Studies, SDSU offers year-round certificate programs online in Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness; or Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports. Classroom courses include Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep, and EKG Technician Certification.
    These are accelerated courses that prepare students for state certification exams. The Clinical Medical Assistant course also includes an externship opportunity.
    Makenna Wilcoxson, a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program, said the program has been invaluable to her career progress.
“This program is well-rounded, professional and innovative. It can really help open many doors for students — whether it’s getting medical assistant licensure or going on to further your medical profession. The externship is a great way to get your foot in the door. Students leave the program with 150-160 hours of medical experience. This looks great on a resume,” she said.
     Lorna Wassmer has also benefitted from the health care program.
“SDSU's Pharmacy Technician program has a very convenient schedule and location, especially for those who work full-time,” she said. “The program gave me the confidence I needed to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam, and I passed on my first try.”
     Most of the SDSU health care certificate programs are approved for Military Spouse and Workforce Partnership benefits.
For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/healthcare, email pjordan@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3297.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 22, 2015

SDSU’s Business of Wine Certificate Program Courses
     California makes 90 percent of all U.S. wine – even though there are now wineries in all 50 states – and is the world’s fourth leading wine producer after Italy, Spain, and France, according to the Wine Institute.
     That’s why now is a perfect time for students to prepare for success in this booming industry by taking the Business of Wine professional certificate program through San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies.
     “I now have a much greater understanding of not only wine itself but of the wine industry as a whole,” said program graduate Ben Probe, server, certified cicerone ® and sommelier. “Anyone interested in moving forward in the restaurant industry or even just for personal enrichment will gain valuable lessons and knowledge from the Business of Wine program.”
     The comprehensive courses are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of industry topics. The certificate is directed to restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff; plus anyone interested in moving into wine or hospitality careers, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional-level education.
     “The biggest strength of the program was the breadth of the courses,” said program graduate Grant Tondro, co-owner of The Barrel Room, Urge GastroPub, and Brothers Provisions. “If someone like me who’s already an industry professional has gaps to fill, there’s a course for them. The program is absolutely worth it and you can get out of it as much as you put into it.”
     To earn a certificate, nine courses must be completed within two years. Core courses include Exploring Wine, Wine Making Behind the Scenes, Business Opportunities in the Wine Industry, andDynamic Wine and Food Pairing. Also required are five electives, including three intensive courses.
The College is offering two courses later this month:
Wine List Creation, Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 6-9 pm

Intensive: Sparkling Wines, Thursdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 12, 6-9 pm
      Students must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, email wine@sdsu.edu, visit neverstoplearning.net/wine, or call (619) 594-1138.

October 15, 2015

At SDSU, Learn to Teach English Worldwide
     If you would like to broaden your world and teach English overseas, San Diego State University offers a program through its American Language Institute that prepares novice instructors for this exciting adventure.
     The popular 130-hour Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate program will take place weekdays, 8 am-4:30 pm, Jan. 19-Feb. 12; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 pm, Feb. 2-April 21.
     “The mentorship and the opportunity to learn in an environment filled with students from all over the world was wonderful,” said program graduate Safiyah Abdul-Kabir. “The program more than exceeded my expectations and I have recommended it to people wanting to attain their certification.”
     Added program graduate Zachary York: “During the time I spent at SDSU’s American Language Institute, I discovered the intersection of my passions and education. I embarked on my journey not knowing where I would land; sights set on using my skill set to better the world. ALI has given me the keys to the kingdom and the ability to unlock the potential of my abilities. I have found what I am to do; what makes my heart sing.”
     More than 700 graduates have been employed in 40-plus countries with the help of this ALI program that combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience and worldwide job placement assistance. Cost of the program is $2,725.
For more information, visit ali.sdsu.edu/teslteflcertificate or email jgreeno@mail.sdsu.edu.
This is an SDSU Research Foundation program through the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

September 08, 2015

SDSU Offers Marketing Certificate Courses
     SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will offer two classes during October in its professional certificate in marketing program.
     “Content Marketing Strategy” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 12 to Nov. 9. The class will cover what separates valuable content from “noise” and how to develop content that connects with customers. It will also include the various forms of content marketing, developing a strategy, evaluating content, planning, automation, and distribution. Instructor Jonathan Forstot is a writer and brand strategist for JF Strategy and Copywriting, as well as a member of the SDX executive board. Registration is $299 for SDX members and $349 for the general public.
     The second class, “Marketing Communications,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 15 to Nov. 5. You will be introduced to communications strategies to establish a consistent brand voice within the many elements of marketing, with an emphasis on public relations. Instructor Yadira Galindo is a communications manager at UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Registration is $279 for SDX members and $329 for the general public.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies and SDX joined forces to offer this up-to-the-minute program, taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community. You'll learn skills and multiplatform strategies you can apply immediately. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net, send an e-mail to marketingcert@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0845.
     SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

October 01, 2015

SDSU Prepares Students for Meeting and Event Planning Careers
     San Diego has risen to No. 4 in the nation as a destination for meetings and trade shows, in an annual list compiled by Cvent, a technology firm used worldwide by meeting planners for booking conventions.
     To prepare students for occupations in this booming industry – which is projected to have a 33.2% increase between now and 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program.
     Now in its 25th year, the popular and ever-evolving program offers students – whether they're new to the industry or seasoned professionals – the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, and prepare for the MPI and ISES exams.
     Graduate Leah Sheffield, now the program manager at a national-brand destination management company, credits her SDSU instructors for helping her obtain such a prestigious occupation.
     “They know the local industry inside-out,” she said. “That helped me to understand that San Diego is one of the largest hubs in the world for both the private and corporate event sectors.”
     Students must complete 10 courses (seven core and three electives) within two years to earn a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as six months.
     The demand for event planners continues to increase in San Diego, due to its year-round schedule of conventions, trade shows, and conferences; along with events being staged by local businesses, restaurants, and hotels. According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, more than 527,000 people attended conventions and trade shows at the San Diego Convention Center in 2014, bringing in approximately $593 million in direct spending by convention delegates. 
     SDSU program graduate Johnny Nguyen, director of events, Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, said: “I really like that all the professors are still working in the event industry. This means they have actual experience and great real-life examples of great events and events that went wrong.”
For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/meeting, email cesmep@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-1138.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education, and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

September 24, 2015

SDSU-Georgia Professor Receives Fulbright Award
     This fall saw the exciting debut of the San Diego State University-Georgia international program offering students in Tbilisi, Georgia the opportunity to earn a nationally accredited – and internationally-recognized – U.S. bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, and natural sciences.
     Dividends are already being paid as Nino Kokiashvili, scientist at Tbilisi State University (TSU), has been awarded a Fulbright Science Award for 2015-16, accomplished with the support of the SDSU program and a study visit arranged to the SDSU campus.Kokiashvili is a doctor of chemistry and senior researcher at the Institute of Physical and Analytical Chemistry of TSU.
     In the summer of 2014, she traveled to SDSU in connection with the launch of “San Diego State University and Georgia 2020,” a program funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation that will issue bachelor’s degrees in Georgia through SDSU in cooperation with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgian Technical University, and Ilia State University. The program also encompasses faculty study visits and rehabilitation of labs and other relevant infrastructure in Georgian partner universities.
      On the trip to SDSU, Kokiashvili was directly involved in the development of curricula for chemistry and biochemistry programs in Georgia, review of teaching and evaluation systems in the United States, and alignment of the American accreditation with Georgian standards.
     Kokiashvili and her fellow Georgian professors met with peers in the SDSU chemistry department under the guidance of Department Chair William Tong. During this exchange, she was inspired to pursue an International Fulbright Science & Technology Award. The grant provides for doctoral study in STEM fields at a United States institution. While speaking with Professor Christopher Harrison, a member of the SDSU chemistry faculty, Kokiashvili decided to apply for the grant to be able to collaborate on a project.
     According to Harrison, their project concerns developing a tool that will be able to identify molecules from cells that have specific biological activity, meaning the molecules interact in specific ways with other compounds. The tool, which is in the developmental stage, could have broad applications which might include the identification of disease biochemical pathways, cancer, and viral infections.
     The $30 million SDSU-Georgia project is part of $140 million that the United States government is providing in aid to Georgia through Georgia’s compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The compact is implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia (MCA-Georgia) in the fields of general, vocational, and higher education. The compact is the largest investment in Georgia’s education sector to date, and aims to develop Georgia’s human capital capacity for economic growth and reduce the country’s poverty rate. The MCC is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Georgia’s first compact with the MCC, completed in 2011, rehabilitated a major highway, improved energy and water security, and supported agribusinesses.

September 10, 2015

SDSU Offers HR Certificate Courses

     The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15.5 percent employment growth in the human resources field from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. It equates to 35,400 new jobs for HR training specialists during that time, according to U.S. News & World Report.
To prepare students for employment in this growing field, San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management. The first course in the program,   Introduction to Human Resources, starts Sept. 21.
     The need for HR professionals is further illustrated by the fact that every company – no matter how small or large – must provide human resources functions. Many of those functions have been streamlined, creating a need for professionals who can hire, train, manage, retain, and develop the workforce.
     “Not one class goes by that I don't come into our office and check a manual or policy to see if we can do it better,” said student Kelli Dole, executive assistant to the president & CEO at Awarepoint.
Whether a student is new to HR or an accomplished professional, the HR certificate program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies helps them advance their career by acquiring new necessary skills. Students can complete all eight courses in the program to earn a certificate, or only take the courses they need.
     “I love teaching and developing people to help them in their careers and to be amazing leaders,” said instructor Dari DeSousa, senior work environment manager for Marriott International.
For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/hr, email lhoward@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-2193.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

August 27, 2015

Improve Your Writing Skills with SDSU Course
      William Zinsser points out in his book, Writing to Learn, “Far too many Americans are prevented from doing useful work because they have never learned to express themselves. Contrary to general belief, writing is not something only ‘writers’ do; writing is a basic skill for getting through life.”
      SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers a series of three half-day workshops in its Business Writing for Success program, designed for professionals who would like to hone their writing skills.
      Instructor Anne Bromley is a published author, writing instructor, and consultant who has taught professional writing classes for more than 25 years.
      “I am touched by (the students’) enthusiasm and their humility: they realize that poor writing can impact their upward mobility as well as their credibility,” Bromley said. “I use lots of examples from daily email; formal correspondence; government documents; and choosing the appropriate communication tool (email; phone calls; face-to-face meetings) for our clients and the other professionals who serve them.”
      Students earn a certificate upon completion of all three courses:
The Five Essential Steps to Effective Business Writing, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 8:30 am-12 pm
Perfecting Your Document: Editing and Proofreading, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8:30 am-12 pm
Polishing Your Grammar Skills, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:30 am-12 pm
     “It’s the perfect crash course for the inexperienced, or refresher for the skilled veteran,” said former student Allen Sulzen, an office administrator for a North County heating and air conditioning company. “You will not be disappointed. Anne’s teaching style makes the minutiae of English and grammar seem to jump off the page. This course was one of the best investments of my educational career.”
     The fee for the entire program is $495. For information, email businesswriting@sdsu.edu, visit neverstoplearning.net/bw or call (619) 594-2193.
This is an SDSU Research Foundation program.
  
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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August 06, 2015

SDSU Hosts International Fulbright Students 
      San Diego State University’s American Language Institute (ALI) is hosting a three-week pre-academic program for 35 Fulbright students from all over the world.
“More than 120 universities nationwide submitted proposals, of which 60 were considered, and a mere nine were selected to participate, so we are a part of an elite group,” saidBarbara Bass, executive director of the ALI.
The program, which runs Aug. 3 to 21, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.
     “While here at SDSU participants will receive English language training and a basic understanding of current U.S. societal values and norms,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “It is also meant to provide participants a sense of what American life is really like, beyond the books and lectures they experience in the classroom, and beyond how the media in their home country may have portrayed life to be like in the United States.”
     The Fulbright students will participate in English language enrichment classes consisting of speaking, listening and writing taught by ALI instructors, including Ann Johns, SDSU professor emerita and one of the founders of the ALI. Additionally, SDSU faculty will lecture on topics such as the U.S. economy, cultural diversity and the role of the media in our country.
Alda Blanco, chair, department of Spanish and Portuguese and SDSU campus Fulbright advisor; and Eniko Csomay, associate dean, College of Arts and Letters and president of the Fulbright Association's San Diego Chapter will welcome and lecture to the students as well. Mayor Mary Sessom of Lemon Grove will also speak in a course on American politics.
     “The opportunity to be involved with this program, meet the students as well as the wonderful professors who will be working with us is a privilege,” said Theresa Perales, ALI’s Fulbright pre-academic coordinator.
The students are from countries/territories including Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, Germany, Turkey, Peru, Uruguay, Cameroon, Gaza, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Panama, Vietnam, India, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan, Azerbaijan and Morocco. While in San Diego, they will live together off-campus, which helps them bond in their shared experiences. They will also spend a weekend with an American family, allowing them to experience the American lifestyle first-hand.

July 23, 2015

SDSU’s Marketing Certificate Info Session
     San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will host an information session for its newly revised Professional Certificate in Marketing program from 6:30-8 pm Thursday, August 6 at the Oggi’s Pizza Express in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on the SDSU campus.
Prospective students will be able to meet program instructors, network with industry association representatives, and ask questions. Pizza and salads will be provided, and all attendees will have an opportunity to win a free course.
     If you're in a junior marketing position, are a business owner managing your own marketing, or aspire to venture into a new career, this cutting-edge certificate program is for you.
Learn skills and multiplatform strategies you can apply immediately with this program that is created in partnership between SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club). Courses are taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community.
Here’s what program graduates have to say:
     "The classes were practical, timely, and relevant with experienced instructors, who worked in local companies, doing what they were teaching." ~ Ian Cook, analyst, Cubic Corporation
"I went into the program expecting to learn best practices from a real world instructor, and I did." ~ Aaron Krueger
Students may demonstrate their ability to stay ahead of the curve by taking individual courses needed to bring skills to the forefront, or completing the entire program to earn a Professional Certificate in Marketing.
Instructor Erika DiProfio, director of marketing at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, said: “I believe it’s important for anyone who is involved or plans to be involved in marketing, whether it’s a CMO, public relations professional, CEO, or media buyer, to understand how the marketing landscape has evolved into a multichannel, fully integrated practice. The fundamentals of marketing haven’t changed, but the way we interact with our customers has.”
     For more information or to RSVP, visit neverstoplearning.net/marketing, email marketingcert@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0845.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

July 16, 2015
SDSU Hosts Business of Wine Open House
      San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will host an open house for its Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program from 6:30-8 pm Thursday, July 30 at Splash Wine Bar, 3043 University Ave., San Diego.
      Attendees will meet instructors and fellow students, as well as learn more about the SDSU wine program. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend.
“Taking The Business of Wine classes did give me a lot of much-needed wine knowledge that was a must in opening and running my wine bar and restaurant,” said program graduate Traci Smith, owner of Splash Wine Bar. “I wouldn’t have felt at all comfortable taking on such a business without the education.”
      The comprehensive Business of Wine courses are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of industry topics. The certificate is directed to restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff; plus anyone interested in moving into wine or hospitality careers, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional-level education.
      “The biggest strength of the program was the breadth of the courses,” said program graduate Grant Tondro, co-owner of The Barrel Room, Urge GastroPub, and Brothers Provisions. “If someone like me who’s already an industry professional has gaps to fill, there’s a course for them. The program is absolutely worth it and you can get out of it as much as you put into it.”
      “Anyone interested in moving forward in the restaurant industry or even just for personal enrichment will gain valuable lessons and knowledge,” added program graduate former student Ben Probe, a bartender/server.
      For more information, email eyousif@mail.sdsu.edu, visit neverstoplearning.net/wine, or call (619) 594-1138.

July 09, 2015

SDSU Instructor Feels Right at Home
 Jason Greeno spent the last month of his senior year at University of San Diego High School (now Cathedral Catholic) in Japan as part of a sister city exchange program.
      “I had never traveled outside of the U.S. or Mexico,” he recalled. “I absolutely loved my experience of going to a Japanese high school and living with a Japanese family. After that, I wanted to travel more.”
      Little did he know that the time in Japan – and the travel bug – would lead to his current position as assistant director of the TESL/TEFL program at SDSU’s American Language Institute (ALI) that prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach English overseas.
      After high school, Greeno’s parents drove him to virtually every California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campus. He applied many places, deciding on UC Santa Cruz because it was in a redwood forest, with a view of the beach. 
      Knowing that he wanted to work with people, he majored in psychology. As graduation approached at UC Santa Cruz, an acquaintance mentioned that his brother could get the San Diego native a teaching job in Korea. Greeno jumped at the chance to get out again and explore the world. 
      Although he knew virtually nothing about teaching, he was able to get assignments from the elementary to high school levels, as well as at a private school. Speaking, listening comprehension, pronunciation, and American culture were what he found himself focusing on the most during his time in Kunsan, Korea. 
     “They were looking for a cultural ambassador,” he said. “Many of the people had never seen a foreigner; 99.9 percent of them were Korean. I may have been the only non-Korean they would see. I even got my picture in the paper. It turned out to be a rewarding experience. It set me on my career path.”
      Upon returning to San Diego, Greeno knew he had a career decision to make. Fortunately, his mother’s best friend worked for the SDSU Research Foundation and gave solid advice: Get some experience as a volunteer, and obtain a master’s degree.
     Greeno did both. He volunteered as a facilitator (teacher’s aide) during the day at ALI and earned his master’s at night in cross-cultural education with an emphasis in linguistics.
He subsequently worked as a substitute teacher in the Cajon Valley Union and San Diego Unified school districts. He found that substituting was not a steady occupation, so he went to Intensive English for Communication (IEC) program director Linda Lawton at ALI and asked for more hours. 
      Luckily, the ALI was growing at the time (as it is now) and Greeno started in an hourly position. Several years after he joined ALI, the new Americans Teaching English as a Foreign Language (amTEFL) program launched and Greeno was invited to be on staff. That curriculum has grown into the current TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program.
      Ironically, Greeno now sees a lot of himself in the students he instructs in the TESL/TEFL program which has sent more than 700 individuals to 40-plus countries to teach.
 “I was a young, American English-speaker in Korea,” he said. “So many of my students are afraid they won’t get a job. There is a huge demand for native-English speaking teachers abroad. With an undergraduate degree and a certificate, the possibilities are practically endless.”
      A third-generation San Diegan, Greeno feels right at home at SDSU.
“I love being on campus,” he said. “Both of my parents went to SDSU. Being back here on campus just feels like the right thing to do. I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing group of coworkers.
      “Being on campus and working with people I am lucky to call my friends is a lot of fun.  It never gets old.”

July 02, 2015

SDSU, USD Join Forces to Create Innovative Certificate
     San Diego State University College of Sciences and the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law are partnering on an innovative new program – the only one of its kind in the U.S. – that prepares students for upward career mobility in the growing life sciences industry.
     The six-course joint Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs program begins during the fall semester and will help students build professional skills that employers are seeking in science, law, and business.
     This certificate provides an interdisciplinary approach to expand the knowledge base of life science professionals working to translate scientific discovery into commercial products.
“The innovation economy is central to our region,” said SDSU president Elliot Hirshman. “Life sciences companies already employ 45,000 people and this sector is growing with high-wage jobs.
“These companies need employees who can work within the complex IP and regulatory framework necessary to get products to market. Our joint program will give students these skills, benefiting them and our entire region.”
      Courses will be on campus at USD School of Law and online through SDSU. The program is administered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
“The Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs program offers an opportunity for midlevel managers who oversee intellectual property (IP) and government regulatory processes and procedures in life science companies to become better trained in both matters,” said Stephen C. Ferruolo, dean of USD School of Law. “As a lawyer who practiced corporate law representing the life sciences industry for 20 years, I’m confident that companies will benefit from the skills training this program offers to members of their management teams.
     “This program will help build highly-qualified human capital so vital to the San Diego area, which ranks among the top three centers of biotechnology and medical technology in the world,” added Ferruolo, who along with Hirshman serves on the board of directors at BIOCOM.
      For admissions information and degree requirements, visit regsci.sdsu.edu or reference the Regulatory Affairs listing in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin at http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/catalog/bulletin/GradcurriculumIndex.html
For details visit neverstoplearning.net/ra, email regsci@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-6030.


June 25, 2015
SDSU Business of Wine Courses
      According to a report by the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers, the California wine industry has an annual impact of $51.8 billion on the state's economy, and an economic impact of $125.3 billion on the U.S. economy.
      San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine that is designed to prepare students for occupations in this booming industry.
 “The biggest strength of the Business of Wine certificate program was the breadth of the courses,” said Grant Tondro, co-owner of The Barrel Room, Urge GastroPub, and Brothers Provisions. “If someone like me who’s already an industry professional has gaps to fill, there’s a course for them. The program is absolutely worth it and you can get out of it as much as you put into it.”
      The comprehensive Business of Wine courses are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of industry topics. The certificate is directed to restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff; plus anyone interested in moving into wine or hospitality careers, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional-level education.
      SDSU is offering three Business of Wine classes during the remainder of summer:
Importing and Distribution, Wednesdays, July 8-29, 6-9 pm
Intensive (Spanish Wines), Mondays, July 13-August 3, 6-9 pm
Intensive (Austrian/German Wines), Mondays, August 10-24, 6-9 pm
      For more information, email eyousif@mail.sdsu.edu, visit neverstoplearning.net/wine, or call (619) 594-1138.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).


June 11, 2015
SDSU Construction Programs Help Nail Down Careers
     The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the construction industry’s need for workers will grow twice as fast as the average for all businesses and will face a workforce shortage of 1.6 million workers by 2022.
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is helping individuals meet this need and build their construction careers by offering five online certificate programs. The newest certificate in project management joins existing online construction certificate programs in civil sitework, construction estimating, construction practices, and construction supervision.
      These programs are all designed to provide practical on-the-job skills that can be implemented immediately. Courses begin Monday, June 22; the last day to register is Monday, June 29.
“I work full-time up to 60 hours per week, so it’s very convenient for me to take these courses at home, online," said student Pete Spangler. 
     Program graduate Wendy Fitzgerald added, "The knowledge gained was extremely practical and directly construction-related, and has helped me advance in my field. Every instructor was knowledgeable and knew the industry very well. This is an excellent program and my favorite online platform of most courses taken at other universities.”
      The College of Extended Studies is a state-approved provider for the federal Workforce
Investment Act, MyCAA, and veterans’ benefits for these programs, which are authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering.
“I now have more confidence in sizing up my projects and working with other construction professionals,” said program graduate Greg Bussey. “Most of my colleagues have field time but aren't sure how to get promoted to senior positions. The SDSU program would help them tremendously.”
     For an online demo, go to ConstructionClasses.com/demo course. For additional information, visit neverstoplearning.net/construction, email construction-ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3297.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).


​June 04, 2015
OLLI at SDSU Receives $1 Million Endowment
     An enthusiastic group of more than 100 members, prospective members, instructors, and friends of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU assembled at the university’s Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center recently to celebrate the Institute’s 10thanniversary.
During the festivities, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman announced that OLLI at SDSU had received a $1 million endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation.
     “We are deeply grateful to Bernie Osher, Mary Bitterman and the entire staff of The Bernard Osher Foundation for their extremely generous support of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State,” said Hirshman. “Through their endowment support, San Diego State will provide opportunities for lifelong learning and enrichment to members of our community in perpetuity.”
The Bernard Osher Foundation currently supports 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
     The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU’s courses are offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES), and the Institute is operated by CES staff and supported by OLLI volunteers, including an advisory board and four committees. 
     “The Bernard Osher Foundation is delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University with this endowment gift,” said Mary Bitterman, president of The Bernard Osher Foundation. “We applaud the Institute’s dedicated volunteers and staff — as well as the leadership of the University — for developing such an exceptional educational program.”
In fall 2004, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU was established with the support of The Bernard Osher Foundation and six founding advisory board members. It has grown from offering seven courses to 16 members in its first semester to now providing 145 classes annually to nearly 700 members, with feedback and support from more than 20 member volunteers serving on the institute’s four committees and/or advisory board.
      “Osher keeps students intellectually engaged and challenges us to keep growing and learning new things,” said Dee Quashnock, an OLLI member.
Many SDSU faculty and those from other universities are among the instructors, lecturing on a wide variety of subjects including history, theatre, world affairs, literature, political science, cultural studies, and creative arts.
For more information about OLLI, call 619-594-2863, email osher@mail.sdsu.edu or visit www.neverstoplearning.net/osher.​

​May 28, 2015
SDSU Offers Year-Round Military Educational Benefits
    San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers more than 25 programs year-round that are approved for veterans’ education and military spouse benefits.
Programs are available to both active duty military and those who have completed their enlistment, and include certificate programs, career training programs, degree programs, and professional skills courses. The College offers programs to the military in fields including: business finance and administration, construction, educational services, financial services, health and human services, homeland security, hospitality, human resources, and information technology.
     The MyCAA program provides up to $4,000 ($2,000 per fiscal year) of workforce development scholarships to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or associate's degree in a portable career field and occupation. To determine eligibility, visit MyCAA’s Web site at: https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/MyCAA/. For questions, call the Military OneSource Career Counselor at (800) 342-9647.
     “SDSU is recognized nationally as one of the top military-friendly schools,” said Fatima Peyton, military & veterans services representative for Extended Studies. “We provide exemplary support to active duty, veterans, and military dependents by offering numerous certificate programs which focus on education-to-career occupations. Our goal is to continue to provide the necessary resources to assist veterans with maximizing their VA educational benefits, and our commitment is to give back to those who have served our country.”
Classes are available either online or on-site at SDSU. Most SDSU College of Extended Studies on-site classes are held in the evenings, to better accommodate work and family schedules.
     For more information concerning SDSU College of Extended Studies military benefits, visit the College’s military web pages at neverstoplearning.net/military, email cesveterans@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3047.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).


May 14, 2015
Open University Program Opens SDSU Summer Courses
      Have you ever thought about attending courses at San Diego State University, but didn’t want to go through the process of being formally admitted?
SDSU classes are open to the public through the College of Extended Studies Open University program, which allows individuals to enroll in courses (on a space-available basis) without formal admission to the university. Summer classes start Thursday, May 21.
     Registration for Open University is available online as well as at the Extended Studies registration window. The program allows SDSU students, high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities to attend regular university classes once enrolled students have registered and classroom space is still available.
     Open University students can take classes to finish a degree, for career advancement, or for personal enrichment. Certain restrictions apply. More information about Open University is available at www.neverstoplearning.net/openu or by calling (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).
 SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378.


May 07, 2015
SDSU Offers Summer Intensive Language Courses
     Students can build their language skills and cultural competencies quickly and effectively by taking summer intensive courses through the SDSU Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC).
This immersive program allows students to earn 4-20 units of foreign language credit in a period of 2 ½-11 weeks by registering now in one of today’s most critical languages – Arabic, Persian, or Russian.
SDSU’s expert instructors will guide students in achieving practical language skills and cultural awareness through conversations, games, writing, multimedia, and other activities based on the latest language-learning theories and practice.
     These courses open new possibilities for:
• Business, legal, and health care professionals who want to expand their marketability
• Educated professionals interested in a challenging academic pursuit
• Heritage speakers who want to improve their formal language skills
• Spouse, family, or friends of speakers of Arabic, Persian, or Russian
 The intensive format allows students to participate in the equivalent of up to two years of language study in one summer. Each course meets on campus at SDSU, offering 5-6 hours of interactive instruction Monday-Friday.
      “When I came into this program, I couldn’t read a bit of Russian. Three weeks in, four weeks in, I could read it, albeit slowly, and form sentences, and I think that’s amazing,” said former student Joshua Shepard.
 “I had the pleasure of taking Ghassan Zakaria's Arabic 101/102 class. I find Ghassan to be an outstanding instructor. His class exceeded my greatest expectations,” added former student Keren Chansky Suberri, Ph.D.
      Classes meet according to the following schedule:
 Session 1: May 27-July 1
Arabic 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm 
Persian 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm
Russian 100A/100B, 200A/200B, 9 am-3 pm
Session 2: July 8-August 12
Intermediate Arabic 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm 
Intermediate Persian 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm
Intermediate Russian 100A/100B, 200A/200B, 9 am-3 pm
For more information, visit the SDSU College of Extended Studies website at www.neverstoplearning.net/larc or the LARC website at http://larc.sdsu.edu/events/summer-institutes.
 

April 30, 2015
SDSU Marketing Classes for May
     San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer two classes during May in its professional certificate in marketing and digital media program.
“Digital Copy Editing and Design” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, May 4 to June 1. In this four-week course (no class Memorial Day, May 25), you will learn how to write compelling headlines and copy, integrate exceptional images, and master content creation for your web communications. The class will cover critical principles of web writing and design, including usability, accessibility, segmentation, and scanability. Instructor Aaron Hoskins is the supervisor of digital operations at Sharp HealthCare. Registration is $329.
     The second class, “Defining and Positioning a Brand,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 6 to 27. You will learn how to identify and understand your target market(s) and create and position a brand identity in this course. In addition, you’ll learn how to differentiate your company from the competition, how to position a brand in the marketplace by creating a cohesiveness of internal efforts and focus, and how consumer perceptions are formed from brand execution, advertising, and marketing communications. Instructor Gaetan Fraikin is the CEO/audacity chief at Audacity, Inc. Registration is $329.     
     For a schedule of classes and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net or send an e-mail to agonsalves@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0845.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University.
     For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).



With Steve Dolan