Julia Dunlap to serve as president of American Association for Paralegal Education

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Julia Dunlap, Esq., director of legal education for UC San Diego Extension, has been selected by her peers to serve as president of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Dunlap will be sworn in as the 2017 president of the American Association for Paralegal Education at its 35th Annual Conference, which is being held this week, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas.

She is replacing Robert Mongue, M.A., J.D., associate professor of legal studies at the University of Mississippi, who served as the president in 2016.

“She was elected by a vote of paralegal program directors from educational institutions located in all areas of the country. That alone says a lot about our judgment of Julia, her qualifications and her leadership capabilities,” Mongue said.

For more than a decade, Dunlap has been in charge of UC San Diego Extension’s paralegal programs, ensuring the courses and curriculum provide students with an understanding not only of the law but also with the practical skills needed for a successful career. Dunlap also has been a leader in incorporating new technologies and innovations into Extension’s ABA-accredited paralegal certificate program, helping the program remain on the leading edge of legal education while providing flexibility for students in terms of completing the program. For instance, the paralegal certificate program is offered in formats to fit various professional lifestyles, including full, part-time and a unique 12-week accelerated option.

As part of her commitment to innovation, Dunlap recently developed an online eDiscovery and Litigation Technology certificate to help legal professionals meet new continuing legal education requirements or gain proficiencies to meet Duty of Competence rulings.

Hugo Villar, director for business, science and technology at UC San Diego Extension, said Dunlap’s forward-thinking approach to legal education will benefit paralegal programs throughout the country.

“Julia’s passion and vision for legal education is what makes her programs so successful,” Villar said. “She is able to predict the needs of the community and create programs that align with demands. We are proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her on this new well-deserved selection as president of the American Association for Paralegal Education.”

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s legal education learning offerings, visit at extension.ucsd.edu/law.

UC San Diego Extension announces “The Next Fifty” scholarship recipients

50thLogoCMYKUniversity of California San Diego Extension has announced the 10 recipients for “The Next Fifty” scholarships, which is part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. The scholarship program is UC San Diego Extension’s way to give back to the community by helping people prepare for what’s next. Awardees can use the $5,000 scholarship toward Extension’s courses and certificates.

Extension selected the 10 recipients out of close to 500 applications and the recipients represent a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. The recipients and their areas of study are:

  1. David Beatty for Business Analysis Tools and Strategies
  2. Lala Forrest for Art and the Creative Process
  3. Rami Husseini for Datamining
  4. Norma Lopez for Teaching Adult Learners
  5. Patrick Mazza III for Occupational Health and Safety
  6. Alexandra Southard for Business Intelligence Analysis
  7. Kathleen Stadler for Fundraising and Development
  8. Abigail Wattierrez for Sustainable Business Practices
  9. Ryan Williams for Community Research and Program Evaluation
  10. Jordan Woolsey for Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English)

The scholarships were open to those with at least a high school degree or equivalent and who saw UC San Diego Extension as a way to advance their career or pursue their passions. The applicants were required to write a 500-word essay on how Extension can help them prepare for the future, which will be shared on Extension’s blog in the coming weeks.

Ed Abeyta, assistant dean of community outreach and director of pre-college programs for UC San Diego Extension, said “The Next Fifty” scholarships deliver on Extension’s mission to offer the education and training needed to ensure the region is prepared for changes occurring in everything from the arts to technology to science.

“UC San Diego Extension wants to be a positive force for change. For more than 50 years, Extension has been evolving its programs and educational offerings to meet the needs of San Diego,” Abeyta said. “These scholarships will help individuals stay ahead of the curve and get ready for what’s next and underscore our commitment to lifelong learning.”

In addition to the scholarship program, Extension has been publishing a weekly blog feature called “Voices of the Future,” which showcases thought leaders including UC San Diego faculty, industry and civic leaders as well as Extension instructors on the technological and social advances envisioned in the next 50 years. These stories are designed to cover a wide variety of topics and highlight the life-changing advances happening on campus, in the San Diego region, and in the education sector itself.

UC San Diego Extension has also offered a variety of public lectures and programs to deliver on Extension’s anniversary celebration’s core mission and message, which is to prepare individuals and institutions for change. Upcoming events include a panel on the Election 2016 that Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, will moderate and that will feature, Thad Kousser, chair and professor of political science at UC San Diego; Scott Lewis, editor of the Voice of San Diego; and Laura Fink, professional political consultant.

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s anniversary scholarships, blog features and events, visit http://extension.ucsd.edu/.

Sustainability courses from UC San Diego Extension receive U.S. Green Building Council accreditation

As the boom in energy efficient commercial and residential construction continues, demand for green building professionals also continues to rise. In fact, jobs that require LEED Accreditation grew 46 percent in 2014, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


Through a recent designation as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider, UC San Diego Extension is helping to accommodate that employment growth through several courses, many offered in an online format, which are part of its Sustainable Business Practices and Facilities Management Certificate programs.

The USGBC sets the standards for the green building industry in the United States and abroad through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System certification program.

All LEED professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within two years of earning their credential. LEED accredited professionals must earn 30 continuing education hours within two years of earning their credential.

“We are excited to work with the USGBC to meet the education needs of this growing sector and to help these professionals not only enhance their knowledge but also to advance in their careers,” said Laura Fandino, director of environment and sustainability at UC San Diego Extension.

UC San Diego Extension’s current USGBC-approved courses include:

As part of the newly launched Environmental and Sustainability Department, UC San Diego Extension recently partnered with National University to offer a Master’s of Science in Sustainability Management. Extension also offers a variety of standalone courses and workshops related to urban planning, environmental management and sustainability. Explore the Environment & Sustainability programs and courses that UC San Diego Extension offers.

Grant will help more girls take part in summer STEAM workshops

View More: http://kevinmsutton.pass.us/sallyrideSally Ride Science @ UC San Diego has received a $30,000 grant to allow more middle school and high school girls to attend summer STEAM workshops.

The grant from the San Francisco-based Hellman Foundation will fund scholarships over the next three years for students attending the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy.

The academy provides fascinating and fun summer learning experiences in science, technology and engineering with applied mathematics and art design (STEAM). All students entering grades 6 through 12 are welcome, but the program’s emphasis is on encouraging girls in STEAM subjects.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Hellman Foundation to expand opportunities in the sciences for girls and young women,” said Tam O’Shaughnessy, executive director of Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego. “Our goal is to inspire them to stick with their natural interest in STEAM and to consider STEAM careers.”

This summer’s Junior Academy runs from July 11-29. The 12 workshops range from Messy Discoveries to Music of Earthquakes and from Slimy Sea Creatures to Digital 3D Modeling. Students take on roles such as robotics engineer, ocean explorer or computer scientist as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top STEAM instructors lead the workshops, serving as both teachers and role models.

Scholarships for the Junior Academy will go to girls selected from the program’s partners in the military, foster youth organizations, the San Diego Unified School District and other groups.

Ed Abeyta, assistant dean of community engagement and director of pre-college programs for UC San Diego Extension, said the scholarship program was designed to deliver on UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla’s Strategic Plan that aims to bolster the university’s commitment to diversity and equity and better serve the larger community.

Karen Flammer, director of education for Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego, added, “Our goal is to bring together girls with diverse backgrounds from all over San Diego and let them tinker and explore STEAM concepts in a collaborative environment. Scholarships make this possible.”

This summer’s workshops will be held at UC San Diego Extension’s University City complex at 6256 Greenwich Dr. Each workshop consists of one week of 3-hour sessions. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered. The cost is $150 per workshop. For more information on the Junior Academy, visit https://sallyridescience.com/k12-students/junior-academy

New report reveals emerging careers for 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 8.46.33 AMEveryone is searching for a career that has both a promising present and an even brighter future. To help individuals identify these opportunities, the University of California, San Diego Extension today released its “Emerging Careers for 2016” report that details the most in-demand jobs with the highest growth potential both in San Diego and nationally.

To compile the list, UC San Diego Extension’s Center for Research on the Regional Economy identified the top 10 occupations that combined the highest projected growth rates and the most online job postings   using data from labor data market firms Emsi and Burning Glass. Researchers focused on careers that required a bachelor’s degree with less than five years of work experience.

According to its analysis, the top 10 emerging careers in the United States for college graduates in 2016 are:
1.       Software developers, applications
2.       Accountants and auditors
3.       Computer systems analysts
4.       Medical and health service managers
5.       Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products
6.       Management analysts
7.       Market research analysts and marketing specialists
8.       Financial analysts
9.       Information security analysts
10.   Civil engineers

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, said these emerging careers show both the value of a college degree and also the need for specialized training as technology is continuously reshaping the job market and the economy.

“As Marc Andreessen recently opined, ‘Software is eating the world,’” Walshok said. “That fact is true in almost every top emerging career whether it be health care or marketing or financial analysis. It’s not enough to just know the fundamentals; you have to use technology to provide new insights.”

The report, which details the salaries, age and gender breakdown of each emerging career, also features insights from people in those fields on the micro trends and niche skills shaping their various industries. For instance, within the larger information security analyst profession, there is growing demand for infinite-response analysts, who are able to anticipate cyberattacks and seamlessly integrate a wide variety of cybersecurity products into a company’s computer systems. For accountants and auditors, one emerging career is that of an IT auditor whose job it is to ensure that automated systems are delivering outputs, or calculations, that can be trusted.

“By combining macro research data with insights from those in these emerging careers, we were able to provide a deeper understanding not of only what jobs are in demand now but what skills are driving future growth,” said Josh Shapiro, director of research and evaluation at the Center for Research on the Regional Economy at UC San Diego Extension, who designed and developed the “Emerging Careers for 2016” report.

The annual list of emerging careers is part of UC San Diego Extension’s larger research efforts to not only assist job seekers but also shape educational offerings to ensure companies have the talent they need to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.

“UC San Diego Extension continues to be a vital component of the regional workforce training and development system,” Walshok said. “We do this by providing actionable data to help spur economic development efforts not only in this region but also across the country.”

The top emerging careers locally mirrored the national list but highlighted the San Diego region’s growing strength in cyber security, digital marketing and health care IT.

Locally, the 10 emerging careers for 2016 are:
1.       Information security analysts
2.       Market research analysts and marketing specialists
3.       Medical and health services managers
4.       Computer systems analysts
5.       Management analysts
6.       Software developers, applications
7.       Civil engineers
8.       Financial analysts
9.       Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products
10.   Accountants and auditors

The findings of the report served as the basis for UC San Diego Extension’s Career Development Week, which runs from March 22 to March 24, and features presentations on employment trends, hands-on training sessions, career workshops and networking opportunities. Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, will discuss the report and San Diego’s workforce needs with Shapiro at tonight’s keynote presentation. For a free copy of the report, visit http://extension.ucsd.edu/about/images/emergingCareers2016.pdf.

Getting ready for the green jobs revolution

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Increasingly businesses are seeing the value — both economically and environmentally — in going green. That, in turn, is growing demand for jobs in the emerging field of sustainability.

According to Wanted Analytics, a firm that tracks hiring data, sustainability jobs in the United States have more than doubled in the past four years. The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently released a Green Jobs Report that estimated that more than 4.2 million green jobs could be generated by 2038.

To address this demand, National University and University of California, San Diego Extension have joined forces to offer a flexible course of study in the growing field of sustainability management.

Through its newly formed partnership, UC San Diego Extension students who have completed Extension’s Sustainable Business Practices certificate can receive credits toward National University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management. In addition, students enrolled in National University’s master’s program can apply some of their courses toward Extension’s certificate. Both the certificate and master’s program are available online, allowing students throughout the country to benefit from the partnership.

Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, president of National University and chancellor of the National University System, said the agreement provides new avenues for those interested in a career in sustainability.

“This partnership brings together the very best in quality and flexibility so that we can collectively meet a critical need in our society while supporting our regional economies and environmental resources,” Cunningham said.

Mary Walshok, dean at UC San Diego Extension, agreed, adding that collaboration would benefit not just students but also the larger regional economy.

“We know that we are stronger as a region when we collaborate with each other rather than compete with one another,” Walshok said. “This promises to accelerate the growth of a talent pool of people with both the skills and the depth of knowledge needed to ensure companies can be effective stewards of the environment.”

National University’s Sustainability Management M.S. program is tailored for those interested in working in fields such as sustainability management, environmental consulting, energy efficiency analysis and resource management. UC San Diego Extension’s Sustainable Business Practice certificate is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the business case for sustainability as well as build essential skills for measuring the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s Sustainable Business Practices certificate, visit extension.ucsd.edu/sustainable. To learn more about National University’s M.S. in Sustainability Management, visit nu.edu/sustainability.

The recipe for Big Data

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Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Science Officer, Supercomputer Center

What do a cookbook and big data have to do with each other?

Quite a bit, said Ilkay Altintas, the chief data science officer for the San Diego Supercomputer Center, motioning to the book “How to Cook Everything Fast,” which sits prominently on her office desk.

Although it might seem like an odd choice of literature for Altintas, she sees it as central to her work.

“That’s my dream project,” Altintas said.

She is working with her students to map all of the cookbook’s shortcuts and combine them with other information, such as types of ingredients and appliance brands, to create a roadmap — or a recipe — that will make cooking a meal even faster.

With that kind of data, Altintas explained enthusiastically, someone could create an app that would allow you to input the ingredients you have on hand to quickly find a foolproof and time-efficient recipe.

However, it is not just the making of meals that gets Altintas excited. Much of Altintas’s work at the San Diego Supercomputer Center is based on the same concept as creating a recipe — or workflow — that can be used time and time again to slice and dice the 
ever-expanding world of big data.

“Workflows do for data what recipes do for food,” she said. “Once you have the process, or the recipe, in place, you can use it whenever you want.”

Think of it this way: When you cook a meal, there are several steps. You have to determine what you want to make, and that is the phase in which you pose a question and define the basic conceptual steps to solve it. You then need to shop for the ingredients, and that could be considered the collection of data. Then you need to process the ingredients by chopping, mashing, and mixing. After you cook the different ingredients, Altintas said, they “have transformed into something larger than its parts.”

That, she said, is the essence of her job.

Altintas says workflows allow researchers to analyze and interpret information more quickly and efficiently by using software to produce an application that can be run on high-performance and cloud-computing resources.

The need to create these workflows began to be critical in the early 2000s as more data and computing technologies became available and researchers were looking for ways to speed up the process. But workflows aren’t just about analyzing data more quickly, Altintas said. They are also about creating a system that is reusable and reproducible so that others can vet and verify the data.

Altintas happened upon this burgeoning field almost by accident. She was working at Middle East Technical University in Turkey, her native country, when she decided to apply for a position at the Supercomputer Center in 2001. It was a fortuitous decision because it allowed Altintas, who has a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, to become a leader in the emerging field of workflows for the coordination of scientific computing and data management. At the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Altintas also directs the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence and serves as a lecturer in computer science and engineering.

For her, workflows and big data analysis aren’t just about providing insight into the past or defining a current condition. When this type of structured analysis is done properly, researchers can use it to predict the future outcomes in everything from personal health to hazard prevention. One of the projects Altintas is involved in is WIFIRE, which aims to develop an integrated workflow for rapid-wildfire prediction models. The project uses a variety of data sources — satellite imagery, photos from mountaintop cams, and measured real-time wind, temperature, and humidity data — to help predict the rate and spread of fires. In the future, it could help firefighters make informed decisions on how to battle wildfires better.

Altintas said evidence-based decision support also will be increasingly important in the practice of health care. Devices such as a Fitbit, which tracks a person’s daily activities, including exercise, meals, and sleep schedule, are already providing important and actionable data. Going forward, she can see processes that would analyze all aspects of a person’s health to come up with personalized prescriptions for a healthier life.

“One thing is becoming clear: as we have more and more data sources becoming available, we need dynamic data-driven systems that enable data-driven decision-making,” she said.

As the types and amounts of data continue to grow, the need to analyze that information quickly and effectively will become even more important, she explained. It is for those reasons Altintas and the San Diego Supercomputer Center have teamed up with UC San Diego Extension to provide a wide range of courses designed to train people for these increasingly in-demand big data jobs.

“There is a huge demand for data analysis,” Altintas said. “Everything uses data.”

San Diego and its education opportunities ranked top among veterans

Captain Lee Jones embraces his three week old daughter, Skylar, prior to embarking on an eight month deployment to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Marine Corps. Jones, now stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, will soon transition into non-military life and is a recent applicant of UC San Diego Extension and its project management certificate offered in conjunction with the online master’s option through the University of Wisconsin.

Captain Lee Jones embraces his three-week-old daughter, Skylar, prior to embarking on an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Marine Corps. Jones, now stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, will soon transition into non-military life. He is a recent applicant of UC San Diego Extension and its project-management certificate, offered in conjunction with the online master’s option through the University of Wisconsin.

The hardships military service members and their families endure throughout their careers are among the many reasons citizens unite each year to honor them during Veterans Day. For the other 364 days of the year, a few cities work compassionately to provide a better quality of life for residing veterans, and dedicate services and opportunities to help improve transitions following service.

Hosting the most military bases throughout the country, it’s no wonder that California is home to some of the highest-ranked cities for veterans.

According to the recent report released by WalletHub, San Diego took the top-ranking spot as the most livable city in the perspective-environment, educational-opportunities and health-care categories for veterans. Bordering Chula Vista also ranked high at 12th overall, and was within the top 10 for education and top five for highest veteran income growth.

Although some areas throughout the Southwest have experienced substantial benefit offerings for service members, nationwide, WalletHub contributor Richie Bernardo reports they still remain in short supply. As of October 2015, of the 21.1 million military veterans residing in the U.S., about 422,000 are currently unemployed, with a large majority suffering from disabilities as a result of active-duty service.

In a 2013 report featured as part of a study conducted by PBS to promote its program, “Stories of Service,” it was revealed that nearly 60 percent of veterans who retired in 2012 due to service-connected disability were 35 or younger.

Younger veterans have substantially different needs than their older comrades and are in more need of education and employment opportunities to help them reach goals set for the next phase of their lives.

As detailed in WalletHub’s report, there are several factors that contribute to a better quality of life for veterans.  In an effort to reduce the alarming unemployment rates, education remains one of the most important factors to further develop military skills and meet the latest career trends.

Contributing to this need, UC San Diego Extension offers a variety of veteran benefits.  This includes the California Veteran College Tuition Fee Waiver and the following benefit programs:

  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E)
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 – Dependent Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)

In addition, UC San Diego Extension accepts Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA). Due to constant relocations and challenges associated with “single parenting” during deployments, it’s often difficult for spouses of active-duty service members to secure long-term employment while their partner serves. The program affords military spouses $4,000 in financial assistance to complete various certificate programs designed to assist with skill development for career placement.

For additional resources for veterans and service members offered at UC San Diego Extension, visit extension.ucsd.edu/veterans or e-mail at unex-veterans@ucsd.edu.

Program helps students gain entry into medical school

Seven students from premedical program among incoming class at UC San Diego School of Medicine

When the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine welcomed its new class on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 with its traditional “white coat” ceremony, seven students had taken a different route to gain admission to this select group.

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These seven students all participated in the UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program, which UC San Diego Extension oversees and runs. The program is designed to help prospective medical students enhance their academic records with a year-long course of study that offers advanced science classes, test preparation, application assistance and one-on-one mentoring.

Because it is part of the mission of UC San Diego School of Medicine to improve health care in underserved communities, the program focuses on students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations as well as students who are interested in providing health care in underserved communities. Around 50 percent of the students in the UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program are considered to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, said Grace Miller, director of the Healthcare and Behavioral Sciences department at UC San Diego Extension.

The Post Baccalaureate program, which was launched three years ago, is part of a growing trend as potential medical students look for an edge in the increasingly selective process. In 2013, for instance, nearly 58 percent of medical school applicants were denied admission to any medical school. Because of that, there has been an almost 50 percent increase in the existence of these Post Baccalaureate, or Post Bac, programs since 2009, with approximately 140 schools now offering them.

Miller said the UC San Diego program provides a unique experience both through its mentoring and by creating strong bonds within each class of the year-long program.

“Each class, or cohort, starts together and finishes together. By studying and working so closely together, the students in our program are able to create a support system as they go through the grueling process of preparing to apply to medical school,” Miller said.

Dr. Carolyn Kelly, associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, said the collaborative spirit of the UC San Diego Extension Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program also reflects the changing nature of medical education. In the past, the focus was more on individual achievement but now doctors are expected to work well in teams.

“The practice of medicine is now a team sport,” Kelly said. “This program emphasizes that message and teaches the students how to work together.”

Sarah Watler, one of the incoming UC San Diego medical students from the program, said the camaraderie she had with others in the program was just one of its many benefits.

“I was also able to build strong relationships with the students and faculty at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, which has given me a sense of comfort and feelings of “coming home” now that I will officially be attending the medical school as a student,” Watler said. “This program was an essential piece to my growth as a student and in my capacity to persevere should any challenges in medical school arise.”

For Kiana Choo, the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program gave her a second chance at her dream of becoming a doctor. Choo said she struggled during her freshman and sophomore years as she adjusted to college and that held her back when she first applied to medical school. After working in the community as an HIV tester and counselor, Choo decided she was ready to re-apply to medical school but knew she needed help boosting her science GPA and preparing for the MCAT. She credits her participation in the program to her securing 13 interviews at medical schools and being accepted in UC San Diego School of Medicine, her first choice.

“Although my journey towards getting into medical school took longer than I originally hoped, I am grateful that I was able to take the time to fully prepare for the commitment of studying to become a physician” Choo said. “I feel completely ready to start my medical school journey and most of my confidence was instilled in me by this program.”

Kelly added that the focus of the UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program also helps the School of Medicine in its effort to provide quality health care to the underserved because the program screens for students who want to focus on those communities.

“For us, the program educates students who can potentially help us deliver on our mission,” she said.

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Getting into the Post Bac program can be challenging in its own right. The 2015 year’s class, which started in June 2015, had 32 students from a pool of 220 applicants. To be considered for the program, applicants need a minimum science GPA of 2.8 as well as community involvement and, if possible, experience in scientific research. Members of the 2013-2014 UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program also have been accepted at a variety of medical schools including UCLA, UC Riverside, Michigan State and Stony Brook in New York.

For more information about the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program, visit http://postbacpremed.ucsd.edu/.

Discover what’s next for your career

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When it comes to your career, the persistent question is: “What’s next?”

What’s next for the job market? What’s the next skill I’ll need to stay competitive? What’s my next career move?

To help answer those questions and more, UC San Diego Extension held its UCSDnEXT event Sept. 10-12, 2015. Filled with workshops, panels, information sessions and networking events, the free three-day event gave attendees an insider’s view on a wide range of industries from health care to computer science to marketing to accounting. UCSDnEXT also covered what’s happening in some of the region’s most cutting-edge and emerging careers in such fields as big data, cybersecurity, and health care information technology.

The event is  part of UC San Diego Extension’s larger mission to ensure everyone is able to take the next step in their careers and in their lives, and UCSDnEXT is designed to provide attendees the best and latest information about the skills they will need for some of the most in-demand careers.

UCSDnEXT highlights hot career trends including:

Children’s Book Writing & Illustration: Want to write a children’s book? Find out how a former student successfully wrote and published her first children’s book on Saturday Sept. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Data Analytics: Three leading experts from the San Diego Supercomputer Center explain the size and scope of the ever-growing “big data” field on Thursday Sept. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Health Care: Come hear from some of San Diego’s top health care executives as they detail how the Affordable Care Act continues to reshape the industry and its workforce on Thursday Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Internet of Things: With everything from clothes to cameras to cars now connected to the Internet, there is a growing need for people who can help secure these new networks and devices. Find out more about these jobs of the future on Thursday Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Project Management: Key industry experts discuss how changes in the workplace and workforce are creating are remaking the project management field on Friday Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sustainability: Join a breakfast presentation by Beth Brummitt, president of Brummitt Energy Associates, as she explains how the push for Zero Net Energy buildings, which are designed to produce as much energy as they consume, is creating new opportunities in the construction industry on Friday Sept. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL): Get first-hand knowledge of the TEFL teaching market from a current instructor, a program graduate, and an ESL/EFL teacher employer on Thursday, Sept. 10. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The majority of the programs took place at UC San Diego Extension’s University City Center location, which is located at 6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego, 92122. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Open House took place on the La Jolla campus, located at 9600 Torrey Pines Road, 92037.

For more information about each session, visit extension.ucsd.edu/next