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Researching the Role of America’s Shadow Training System

By Henry DeVries In his book Innovation Nation, author and former Harvard Business school professor John Kao argues that the United States, once the world’s leading innovator, should step up the pace to regain its innovative edge.  Elected officials from President Barack Obama to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are singing the praises of the innovation economy as the path to … [Read More...]

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I’m Looking For a Job. What Can UC San Diego Extension Do For Me?

“I just”—take your pick here—“a) graduated, b) got laid off, or c) decided to change careers and I’m done with taking classes.” I’ve heard this countless times as I’ve attended career fairs and community outreach events on behalf of UC San Diego Extension. “I’m here to find a job” is the refrain of the day. Battle-weary after months of fruitless job searching, the San Diego job seekers who attend these fairs are more than ready to land those elusive jobs. Resumes in hand, professionally … [Read More...]

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Empathy by Design: Creating Hospital Billing that Understands

By Marg Stark For Eric Krepfle, the software he designs is not merely about creating an efficient system – it’s about developing an empathetic one as well. That’s because the work Krepfle does developing hospital billing systems touches people at their most vulnerable when the stresses of health and finances intersect. “There are two things a patient is concerned about. Am I going to be okay, and can I afford my care?” he explains. Working for Nashville-based Emdeon, Krepfle says … [Read More...]

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New Elementary Institute of Science Course Gives Students A Stronger Voice

UC San Diego Extension’s Research Scholars Program Teaches Youth How To Advocate For Change, Removing Barriers To Success Teens are experts in their own lives, and all students have something important to say about what’s working—and not working—for them. That’s the idea behind youth voice work, a field championed by researchers like Makeba Jones, Ph.D., who is an assistant teaching professor in UC San Diego’s Education Studies Department. Youth voice work gives students the opportunity … [Read More...]

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From Volunteer to V.P.: Planned Parenthood’s Nora Vargas Shares Amazing Career Journey

Region’s Largest Reproductive Health Care Provider Extends Access with Affordable Care Act “I would never have imagined that I would become an executive at Planned Parenthood,” says Nora Vargas, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for the reproductive healthcare provider’s three-county Pacific Southwest region. “Having had a CEO who saw something in me I didn’t see in myself, taking a risk and enabling me to take on a new role, changed my life.” Vargas shares in the July … [Read More...]

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“Change the World” Alumni Scholarship Awardee to Pursue Biostatistics Certificate

Alexis Alvarez knows that when it comes to helping people with psychological problems, talking will only get you so far. To really unlock the mysteries of mental illness, you need data to guide the way. It's a lesson she has learned as a research assistant in clinical psychology at UC San Diego Health. “I collect tons of data every day,” she said. “I want to be able to take all that information and analyze it in order to help people.” To accomplish that goal, Alvarez is pursuing a … [Read More...]

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Corporate Training Certificate Program Propels Career Forward

By Eilene Zimmerman For years, Diana Saldivar worked in academic advising at colleges in San Diego, helping students to either navigate university studies or meet their matriculation needs. But in 2010, when the California State University (CSU) system implemented broad budget cuts, Saldivar lost her job. She spent the next two years working part-time, trying to keep her foot in college and career advising, until she was hired in 2012 to be an employment training advisor for the San Diego … [Read More...]

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Empathy by Design: Creating Hospital Billing that Understands

By Marg Stark For Eric Krepfle, the software he designs is not merely about creating an efficient system – it’s about developing an empathetic one as well. That’s because the work Krepfle does developing hospital billing systems touches people at their most vulnerable when the stresses of health and finances intersect. “There are two things a patient is concerned about. Am I going to be … [Read More...]

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I’m Looking For a Job. What Can UC San Diego Extension Do For Me?

“I just”—take your pick here—“a) graduated, b) got laid off, or c) decided to change careers and I’m done with taking classes.” I’ve heard this countless times as I’ve attended career fairs and … [Read More...]

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Rajesh Gupta, chair of UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department, measures that immersion not merely by outwardly visible, hand-held devices—personal computers, smart phones, mobile devices—but computer-based innovations that go beyond our sight. Watch Video >

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Feifei Fan teaches Chinese language classes in the Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts Department

Focus on Instructors: Feifei Fan

By Rafa Lombardino Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, with approximately 1.2 billion speakers of all varieties of Chinese and 848 million of them speaking Mandarin alone. According to the Modern Language Association the number of college students studying Chinese has increased over the last decade. In an effort to match this demand, UC San Diego Extension's Arts, … [Read More...]

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Hottest Careers for College Grads in 2015

Turning a college education into a career is easier said than done. To help newly minted graduates identify their best bets for rewarding employment, the University of California, San Diego Extension … [Read More...]

 

For Alan J. Daly, UC San Diego professor and chair of the Department of Education Studies, social networks hold the key to more enlightened forms of teaching, learning, and leadership. Watch Video >

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