Career Event: Retool, Redirect & Refresh Your Skills



  • Presentation Overview

    [Part of the Career Seminar Program]
    Sponsored by The Career Company

    A Global Economy demands that you stay competitive and stay current within your field. Now is the time to jump-start or revitalize a stalled or derailed career. Don't fall behind the technical or business learning curve when you can easily pursue new avenues a change of employment or career.

    Join a panel of representatives from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and Golden Gate University to discuss how to use professional development, extension and certificate programs to advance, change or reposition your career. Our panel will cover types of program delivery and degrees offered including certificates, open courses, and online learning.

    Find out how to determine which type of program would best suit your needs, ways to finance tuition fees and how register for upcoming classes.


    Career Seminar Chair and Sponsor

    Patti Wilson, Career Company

    Career Seminar Co-Chair

    Robin Nakamura



    Paul Marca - Director of Professional Education and New Business Development Stanford University
    Judith Kaiser - Director Management Programs, San Jose State University Professional Development
    Joe Anthony - Technology Manager, San Jose State University
    Cherron Hoppes - Director of Admissions Golden Gate University
    Sean Nihalani Director of the Computer and Information Technologies Department, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz
    William D. Knickerbocker, Director Corporate & Professional Programs, University of California, Berkeley, Extension Programs


    About the Presenters

    Paul Marca, Stanford University

    Paul Marca, Director of Professional Education and New Business Development, Stanford University. The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) collaborates with School of Engineering faculty and other Stanford University departments to provide graduate degrees, academic courses, and professional education programs for engineers, scientists, technology professionals, managers and executives in industry. Courses are delivered via distance learning technologies including the Internet, television broadcast, videotape, two-way video and as well as on campus and at sites away from Stanford.

    Judith Kaiser, Director Management Programs and Joe Anthony, Technology Manager, San Jose State University

    San Jose State University Professional Development training programs provide skills and knowledge from industry experts at an off-campus center in San José. Certificate Programs are concentrated and specialized study in 15 specific career fields that offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs), nationally recognized units of credit for professional development. In the past 20 years, SJSU's PD certificate coursework, taught by business, management and technology professionals who are creative thinkers and leaders, has been offered to thousands of Silicon Valley adults, working their way up their career ladder, or in various stages of career change.

    Cherron Hoppes, Director of Admissions, Golden Gate University

    Many of today’s technology workers are retooling with broader management skills. At Golden Gate University, we recognize business and technology go hand-in-hand -- so we’ve included a management component in our technology degrees and a technology component in our management degrees. Management fundamentals like accounting, finance and economics prepare the technology manager who aspires to a higher organizational role. For students who want to change career paths or just move up without completing an entire degree, Golden Gate’s graduate and undergraduate certificate program are designed to deepen understanding and broaden skills. And many of our certificates can be customized to meet each student’s particular career goals. Golden Gate University has been educating working professionals for more than 100 years.

    Sean Nihalani, Director of the Computer and Information Technologies Department, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz

    The mission of the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, is to provide a wide range of high-quality continuing-education programs for professional development and personal growth. Through UCSC Extension, the scholars, research facilities and resources of the University of California are linked with the people, businesses and communities of the state, to help meet educational, economic and social needs.

    In addition to our highly regarded career-based certificate programs, a variety of versatile educational resources are offered through UCSC Extension, including: intensive workshops, career development seminars, online courses and concurrent enrollment.

    UCSC Extension courses and certificates reflect the latest thinking, the smartest practices and the most useful industry tools so that you complete the program with tomorrow's knowledge today. Some certificates can be completed within nine months to a year, and individual courses generally take between four and eight weeks. With flexible options such as evening and weekend seminars, UCSC Extension fits into your life and gets you up to speed in real time.

    UCSC Extension instructors are highly successful professionals who teach from their personal experiences on the front lines. Extension classes offer not only a solid foundation of knowledge, but provide the unique benefit of built-in networking opportunities.

    William D. Knickerbocker, Director Corporate & Professional Programs, University of California, Berkeley, Extension Programs

    UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley, has been creating bridges between the public and the university since 1891. Their programs reach students in all corners of the world. They develop university-level courses for various stages of expertise, introductory to advanced, offered days, evenings, or weekends. Learning takes place where it's most convenient for students, from on-site customized training to online learning and at multiple Bay Area locations. Each year Extension logs more than 65,000 enrollments for personal or professional development and offers more than 1,000 courses in subjects ranging from art and design to business and management, electronic engineering, computer information systems. Courses are open to all interested adults, and there is no formal admission process for most programs.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlefield Road
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking
    7:00-9:00pm Panel Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum Members
    Free to sofTECH members for the month of July
    No registration required