Instructor Spotlight: Dan Croxall

June 02, 2020
Daniel Croxall, J.D., M.A., developed and teaches the world’s first craft beer law class at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. His webinar and course cover the Introduction to Craft Beer Law.

Brew on This: Insight for Brewers from Charlie Bamforth

May 28, 2020
The "Pope of Foam," Charlie Bamforth, recently hosted a live Q&A. He answered questions from brewers around the world on topics from fermentation and the importance of temperature to how to ensure a long shelf life in your beer. Here are some of our favorite clips from the session.

Instructor Spotlight: Jean-Xavier Guinard

May 26, 2020
Jean-Xavier Guinard will tell you that he deals in “deliciousness.” The professor of sensory science and co-director of the Coffee Center at UC Davis has 30 years of experience in sensory and consumer science.

Why Study Applied Sensory and Consumer Science?

May 26, 2020
In the last two decades, there has been significant growth in the field of sensory science. Understanding a product’s sensory experience provides useful information for building and maintaining brand integrity in the eyes of the consumer.

New Brewing Lecture Webinar Series

May 08, 2020
We've expanded our online course offerings to bring inexpensive, remote learning opportunities to brewers around the world. Designed for home and professional brewers, the new webinar series allows brewers to advance their brewing skills conveniently from home. 

Instructor Spotlight: Leslie Freeman

May 07, 2020
Leslie Freeman, MT(ASCP)SH, is a clinical laboratory scientist in hematology at UC Davis Health System with more than 25 years of experience. She is the hematology educational coordinator for the Clinical Lab Science Training Program at the UC Davis Medical Center and is the instructor of the online course Introduction to Clinical Hematology.

Dean Catron Named One of UC Davis' 55 "Remarkable Women"

May 05, 2020

Susan Catron, dean of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, was named to a list of “Remarkable UC Davis Women,” which was compiled as part of a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the admission of women to the University of California. Catron is the division’s first female dean. The list, comprising 55 women, includes mayors, chief justices and astronauts, as well as UC Davis faculty and leadership, and others.

Ask the Expert: Hitesh Dewan on How Construction is Adapting to COVID-19

April 21, 2020
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education instructor and Director of Technology Integration at Roebbelen Construction, Hitesh Dewan, sits down with public education specialist, Crystal Babowal, to discuss how the construction industry and construction managers are adapting to the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus – Campus Updates and Text Alerts

April 13, 2020

Summer Classes Online, Now Open for Enrollment

Our new summer courses are posted on our website and open for enrollment.

At this time we are planning for all summer classes to be conducted online. If the situation changes, we will resume face-to-face instruction as appropriate.

Types of Online Learning

5 Tips for Success as an Online Learner

April 13, 2020

Like many of us, you may be endeavoring to use this shelter-in-place time in productive ways. Maybe you organized your home Marie Kondo style (or maybe just a closet). If you’re looking for other ways to stay productive while staying at home, then now may be the perfect time to upskill, reskill—or pivot—in your career.

Learning from Home

April 03, 2020
Here are four ways you can get professional development online.

Student Spotlight: Pedro Vargas (Graduate Update)

March 19, 2020
Pedro Vargas of Vino Vargas in Paso Robles, California, completed UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Winemaking Certificate Program in spring 2011. We asked Vargas to tell us about his recent successes.

We're Brewing Up Something Special

March 17, 2020
As the popularity of coffee grows, so does the demand for coffee education. To meet the needs of both coffee enthusiasts and industry professionals, we’re excited to announce that we are partnering with the UC Davis Coffee Center to provide courses of all levels.

Student Spotlight: Thomas Cernac

February 25, 2020
Thomas Cernac, a recent graduate of the Winemaking Certificate Program, is a retired U.S. Air Force mechanic and now a vineyard manager and winemaker in El Dorado County, California.

Student Spotlight: Sanne Poulsen

February 25, 2020
Sanne Poulsen had been working in agribusiness management and marketing when she moved to Marlborough—New Zealand’s wine country. After relocating, Poulsen made friends with people in the wine industry and became intrigued by the profession. Looking to invest in her education to balance the practical and technical skills, she found the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Winemaking Certificate Program.

New Data Course for Healthcare Leaders

February 10, 2020
In today’s metric-driven environment, healthcare leaders who can access and understand their operational data can save time, make better decisions and improve patient outcomes. Data and the Healthcare Leader is designed to help healthcare directors and operational leaders understand how to work with their analyst teams to get the data they need.

Map Out a Future in GIS

January 30, 2020
UC Davis Continuing Professional Education is launching the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack™ Program on the Coursera learning platform this spring.

Student Spotlight: Ksenia Oleynik

January 29, 2020
Ksenia Oleynik is a legal secretary from Sacramento, and a graduate of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

Instructor Spotlight: Natalie Ghilain

January 28, 2020
Natalie Ghilain is the chief estimator for Otto Construction, and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.

Student Spotlight: Jaimie Asakawa

January 24, 2020
Jaimie Asakawa recently relocated to the Sacramento area and is currently enrolled in the Business Analysis Certificate Program.

Instructor Spotlight: Jamie Meador

January 22, 2020
As a senior operational excellence consultant with Adventist Health System, Jamie Meador, RN, BSN, MBA, strives to improve processes within health care in order to reduce the workload on staff and deliver an exceptional patient experience.

Instructor Spotlight: Leticia Chacon-Rodriguez

January 09, 2020
Leticia Chacon-Rodriguez is the new winemaker/winery manager for the Viticulture and Enology Department at UC Davis. With more than 20 years of wine production and management experience in the California wine industry, Chacon-Rodriguez is enchanted by the winemaking process and the science behind it. She teaches Wine Filtration Short Course.

Student Spotlight: Paul Adams

December 19, 2019

Change and Growth on an Executive Level

Paul Adams is a leader. He’s also a lifelong learner who admits to relentless self-scrutiny. He’s constantly asking himself, “How can I do better? What can I do differently to be more successful?” For Adams, the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program provided the space, context and learning he wanted, allowing for self-reflection and growth.

Do Paralegals Need Degrees?

December 09, 2019
Many adult learners looking for a career change or professional advancement have to make tough choices about where to invest their time and money. The same is true for aspiring paralegals.

Student Spotlight: Terence Kelley

November 21, 2019
Terence Kelley, M.S., is halfway through UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Healthcare Analytics Certificate Program, yet he is already reaping the benefits. As a scientific lead and epidemiologist for the California Stroke Registry/California Coverdell Program at California Department of Public Health’s Chronic Disease Control Branch, Kelley has been applying what he’s learned to his current position.

A Message from the Director of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Program

November 13, 2019

The Maternal and Child Nutrition Master of Advanced Study program is a targeted program focused on training graduate students for careers in health sciences. Students receive learner-centered education and a strong scientific background in nutrition-related topics. We offer an inclusive environment where students from diverse backgrounds feel respected and empowered to develop, evaluate and improve maternal and child health programs that provide culturally sensitive, evidence-based care. 

How Companies are Changing Their Recruitment Strategies to Meet Their High Demand for Cyber Security Professionals

November 06, 2019
As thousands of cyber security jobs sit unfilled, companies are now changing their recruitment strategies to meet their own high demand for these positions. According to a report by CyberScoop, major companies recently announced that candidates will no longer be required to have a four-year degree. Additionally, these companies are looking to rework job descriptions, including simplifying requirements and removing gendered language or other language that may cause some candidates to feel they would not fit the role.

Student Spotlight: Karen Mendoza

November 05, 2019

Karen Mendoza is Director of the Project Management Office at the California Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program.

What most stood out to you about this program?
The instructors were highly engaging and knowledgable about their subjects. My classmates were all great leaders in their fields, as well, and they added another level of enrichment to my learning experience.

Student Spotlight: Taruna Sanghi

November 01, 2019
Taruna Sanghi is a senior scientist in the Consumer Science Department with Mondelez India Foods Pvt Ltd in Mumbai, India. Sanghi worked in new product development for a decade before transitioning to consumer science. Inspired to expand her knowledge of sensory and consumer science, Sanghi decided to enroll in the Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program. “This program offered exactly the kind of content I was looking for.”

Instructor Spotlight: Greta Brownlow

October 30, 2019
Greta Brownlow is a senior manager at ICF. She has 20 years of experience as a planner and project manager preparing CEQA and NEPA documents, for local government agencies, private developers, school districts, universities, transit agencies and utility providers.

Instructor Spotlight: Brandy Bones

October 30, 2019
Brandy Bones has 13 years of experience helping states and localities implement disaster recovery, neighborhood stabilization and affordable homeownership and rental programs.

Instructor Spotlight: Sean Barry

October 30, 2019
Sean Barry is a herpetologist, conservation biologist and independent consultant with more than 50 years of experience with California amphibian and reptile populations.

Instructor Spotlight: Terry Rivasplata

October 30, 2019
Terry Rivasplata is a technical director at ICF International with over 40 years of experience in CEQA and environmental planning.

Instructor Spotlight: Elizabeth Pollock

October 28, 2019
Elizabeth Pollock is a Senior Associate for Remy Moose Manley, LLP with over 11 years of experience environmental and land use planning law.

How to Turn Your Passion for Brewing Into a Career

October 17, 2019
Are you a beer enthusiast or an avid homebrewer? Have you ever wondered what it would take to become a professional brewer and actually make a living doing something you love? We spoke with three professional brewers, all UC Davis graduates and alumni of the Master Brewers Certificate Program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, and an industry expert to find out how they translated their love for brewing into a successful career.

UC Davis Professor Emeritus Michael Lewis to be Recognized by National Museum of American History

October 14, 2019
Michael Lewis, professor emeritus of brewing science at the University of California, Davis, will be recognized by the National Museum of American History as one of the most transformational figures in the beer industry. As one of the founders of craft beer, Lewis’ 50+ year career was dedicated to the advancement of brewing, as well as training and mentoring new generations of brewers.

Student Spotlight: Gavan Ambrosini

October 08, 2019

The Best of Both Worlds: 
UC Davis/UOP Partnership Gives Students an Expanded View of how Organizations Function

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education has partnered with University of the Pacific (UOP) in Sacramento to offer students a unique opportunity. Graduates of the Human Resource Management Program or Professional Coaching Program can put their certificate credit toward a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness (MAOLE) from UOP.

Student Spotlight: Raul Carlos

September 25, 2019
Raul S. Carlos enrolled in Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness as part of his continuing education. Carlos was considering a career in guiding or packing when he found UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s courses in Horsepacking Adventures. He currently works for Rock Creek Pack Station, where he is able to apply what he learned in the class.

Professional Brewing Programs Launches the Business of Craft Beer

September 19, 2019
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education has launched a new subject area, the Business of Craft Beer, designed to address the growing needs of brewers looking to successfully start and operate a brewery. With courses in Marketing Craft Beer and Brewery Safety, the Business of Craft Beer provides brewers with focused, practical instruction and training on key topics beyond brewing science that they can readily apply.

Instructor Spotlight: Pat Greer

September 19, 2019
Pat Greer, MBA, has been working in the brewing industry for more than four decades. He recently retired from the corporate brewing world, where he traveled to more than 26 countries and managed all aspects of supply operations. “My career focused on enabling brew masters to make great beers,” says Greer.

Instructor Spotlight: Tom Witmer

September 05, 2019
Tom Witmer, M.S., is the president and CEO of SageLegion, an analytics startup. He has been working in health care for more than 25 years, including as an executive leader of the shared services analytics infrastructure group at Kaiser Permanente. He teaches Data Mining for Analytics in the Healthcare Analytics Certificate Program.

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Online Beer Quality Series Offers High-quality, Convenient Brewing Education

September 03, 2019
The Online Beer Quality Series from the UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education is the division’s first online brewing program, providing brewers worldwide access to world-renowned brewing knowledge. These courses are taught by distinguished UC Davis professor emeritus, Charlie Bamforth, Ph.D., D.Sc, the “pope of foam,” an internationally acclaimed brewing expert with more than 40 years of experience in the brewing industry.

Instructor Spotlight: Vira Danak Bhatt

August 23, 2019
Vira Danak Bhatt, M.S., is an informatics specialist and member of the Pathology Informatics team at the UC Davis Health System. She has more than six years of experience working in healthcare analytics, is a certified advanced SAS programmer and is the instructor of Introduction to Healthcare Analytics in the Healthcare Analytics Certificate Program.

Instructor Spotlight: SheriAnn Murphy

August 20, 2019
SheriAnn Murphy is Vice President and General Counsel at Swinerton Incorporated, a commercial construction and construction management company founded in 1888. Murphy specializes in arbitration, commercial litigation and contract negotiation. Her previous education experience includes teaching construction management for Sacramento State University.

Instructor Spotlight: Robert Thiele

August 20, 2019
Robert Thiele is an attorney and member of the California State Bar. He is also licensed in California as a professional mechanical engineer and electrical contractor. He has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years as a contractor and consulting engineer. Thiele is currently principal of a mechanical consulting firm.

Instructor Spotlight: Paul Martin

August 20, 2019
Paul Martin is a LEED-accredited professional and is the senior estimator for the Cathedral Hill Hospital Project, a $1 billion acute care hospital in San Francisco. Martin has been teaching for CPE since 2006, and during this time has witnessed a lot of changes both in the Construction Management program and the industry at large.

Instructor Spotlight: Hitesh Dewan

August 20, 2019

Hitesh Dewan is an experienced construction and technology operations manager, with over 10 years in the construction industry. Hitesh has built a reputation for developing and implementing company-wide initiatives that help departments improve their process flow and potential. With a demonstrated history of working across a variety of market sectors in the construction industry, Hitesh is often invited to be a guest speaker or lecturer for various industry organizations and technology panels, including DBIA, CFMA, SRBX and more.

Student Spotlight: Marnie Norris

August 15, 2019

Marnie Norris was working for a computer hardware company as a principal business operations analyst when her office was suddenly closed. Her unemployment was covered by a federal program that helps pay for training for dislocated workers, so Norris decided to enroll in the Business Analysis Certificate Program from UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. “I enrolled in the program to put structure and context around what I already knew,” said Norris.

Instructor Spotlight: Derek Gallanosa

August 15, 2019

Derek Gallanosa began his career in the brewing industry as a passionate homebrewer. “The fact that you can make your own beer at home blew my mind,” he said. “I took every opportunity to make a new batch of beer at home and after a couple of years, I knew I wanted to pursue brewing as a career.” Now he has more than nine years of professional brewing experience under his belt.

Instructor Spotlight: Nichola Hall

July 30, 2019
Nichola Hall is the newest instructor for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Winemaking Certificate Program. She will be teaching the third course in the program, Quality Control and Analysis in Winemaking. Hall is currently a staff scientist for Scott Laboratories in Petaluma, Calif. and a co-winemaker for Mathew Bruno Wines in Rutherford, Calif.

Student Spotlight: Carmel Gacho

July 24, 2019

Moving across an ocean is daunting enough, but starting a new career in a new country was a task Carmel Gacho was more than capable of undertaking. Gacho used to work for a government research institute in Manila, Philippines as a Supervising Science Research Specialist and Environmental Committee Chair, focusing on hazardous material management and environmental compliance. “My job exposed me to the complex health and safety issues in an R&D [research and development] environment and perked up my interest to learn more on the science of safety,” said Gacho.

Career Education Has a New Address

June 19, 2019
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Moves its Classrooms to One Capitol Mall

 

Starting July 15th, the Sacramento classrooms of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (formerly UC Davis Extension) will be moving from the Sutter Square Galleria in midtown to the heart of the city – One Capitol Mall in Downtown Sacramento. The move is the result of a region-wide search for classroom space that addresses the unique educational needs of working professionals.

Student Spotlight: David Wood

June 17, 2019
As an already experienced healthcare professional, David Wood realized he needed more focused training to keep up with the trends of the healthcare industry. As assistant director of quality management at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Wood didn’t have time in his busy schedule to commit to a full-time degree program in healthcare analytics.

Employer Spotlight: Julia Tyrpin, Griffith Foods

June 13, 2019

With a focus of “bringing science to the food industry,” Griffith Foods has been serving the field for 100 years as a creative partner specialized in developing unique and innovative culinary concepts and products through a collaborative innovative process that combines sensory and food science with culinary and marketing insights.

Student Spotlight: Martha Castaño

June 12, 2019
After more than 12 years of working in sensory and consumer science, Martha Castaño believes that she made the best decision of her life to pursue a career in the industry. “I bet on my passion,” she said.

Student Spotlight: Jessica Johnson

May 23, 2019

Juggling a variety of tasks at the same time was never an issue for Jessica Johnson, a facilities and housing specialist for a community services organization in Northern California. From writing grant applications to working with contractors to build homeless shelters, Johnson was always involved in a variety of projects. "When you work for a non-profit you wear many hats," Johnson said. But when she wanted to become a project manager, her CEO suggested she enroll in UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Project Management Certificate Program.

Student Spotlight: Karen Meistas

May 23, 2019

Construction is an inherently dangerous profession. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry saw 971 workplace fatalities in 2017 (OSHA, 2019).

Having worked in the construction industry for 25 years, Karen Meistas was no stranger to workplace accidents. “I’ve seen firsthand the effects of an injury to an employee, their family and the company,” Meistas said.

Student Spotlight: Ben Campbell

May 20, 2019

When Ben Campbell’s job brought him to Sacramento, he decided he liked it enough to make it his permanent home. However, he was working in the tech industry, and he wanted a position in the environmental sciences.

Instructor Spotlight: Pat Henderson

May 17, 2019
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Winemaking Certificate Program has a new faculty member. Pat Henderson will be teaching three of the five courses in the program: Wine Production, Quality Control and Wine Stability. Henderson is the owner/proprietor of About Wine Consulting and has a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis.

Employer Spotlight: Marcia Young, Mondelez International

May 13, 2019
Mondelez International is one of the world’s largest snacks companies with more than 70 brands and approximately 80,000 employees. Marcia Young, the company’s senior director of consumer science, has been sending people annually to UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program since its inception.

Student Spotlight: Richard McClellan

May 06, 2019
“It’s a landscaping project that got completely out of control,” says Richard McClellan, owner of Highland Hills Vineyard and Winery in Ramona, Calif., when asked about how he got into the wine industry. His “project” is a family affair that has grown into a successful boutique winery that produces 500-750 cases of estate wine each year.

Instructor Spotlight: Joe Williams

May 02, 2019
Joe Williams has been teaching for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education for three years. As the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Endowed Brewer at UC Davis, he provides practical brewing experiences for students, along with hands-on training and theoretical education. He also serves as a liaison to the brewing industry for UC Davis. 

Accounting Student Reviews

May 02, 2019
Terri Taylor

"If I had to do it again, I’d choose UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. No question."

More Student Reviews Elvamae F. Bolano, Sr. Accountant, ALPHA Fund

"These courses supplied a strong foundation to advance my career and opened an opportunity to channel myself with an excellent group of people. The courses fit perfectly into my life as a parent and working professional."

Student Spotlight: Terri Taylor

May 02, 2019
Wanting an accounting program that would work with her schedule, teach practical skills and provide a good return on her investment, Terri Taylor found what she was looking for in UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Accounting CPA Exam Track Certificate Program.

Student Spotlight: Juan Viña

May 02, 2019

Like many employees today, Juan Viña was accustomed to taking on extra responsibilities at work. But when his supervisor asked him to assume the role of safety manager for his job site, he felt he needed help getting up to speed on his new position. So he enrolled in UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education's Workplace Health and Safety Manage Certificate Program.

Instructor Spotlight: Bill Mead

May 02, 2019

A Pioneer in Web Design

Bill Mead, M.Ed., started building websites in the mid-1990s…way back when the internet was just beginning to dip its toe into everyday life. “I saw the web—and web design—as an amazing field with lots of opportunity for expression, even in the very early years,” he said. 

Student Spotlight: Susan Boyland

May 02, 2019
As an accomplished systems engineer for Boeing, Susan Boyland hadn’t planned on switching careers. But a work assignment involving creating a website for her team changed all of that. She discovered a talent and interest in website development and decided to take her self-taught skills to the next level. Boyland enrolled in the online Web Development Certificate Program and completed the coursework while juggling a busy professional and personal life.

Student Spotlight: Dilhari Peiris

May 02, 2019
Dilhari Peiris is a recent graduate of UC Davis Extension’s Web Development Certificate Program and now she works as a web developer in Washington, D.C. We asked her to share her experience.

Student Spotlight: Zeena Bhakta

May 02, 2019
Meet Zeena Bhakta—she’s an analyst at the federal government in Washington, D.C. and a new graduate of the Web Development Certificate Program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. While coding and web development are not part of her day job, Bhakta says she has always been interested in web development and wanted to prepare herself in the event her job may require these skills in the future. “With society’s increased dependence on technology such as web applications, I recognize there is a strong potential for a nexus between any job and the web/IT industry,” said Bhakta.

Student Spotlight: Anne Worthington

May 02, 2019
After a successful career as a pharmaceutical salesperson and eight years as a stay-at-home mom, Anne Worthington is now the alumni and student giving officer for the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. She’s also a student in the Fundraising and Development Professional Concentration at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. When re-entering the workforce, Worthington felt her sales skills made her a great fit for the field of development.

Student Spotlight: Sam Hartwell

May 02, 2019
Following a successful 30-year active duty and reserve career in the Army—which included time served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as intelligence support for special ops—Sam Hartwell retired as a colonel and was ready for a different kind of “action” in his life.

Member Spotlight: Suzette Westsmith

May 02, 2019
Suzette Westsmith of Camino, Calif. enjoyed a career serving in special education and with disadvantaged youth prior to retirement. She’s also a graduate of UC Davis with degrees in sociology and psychology.

Member Spotlight: Merrie Callinan

May 02, 2019
Merrie Callinan has been an OLLI member for 10 years, most recently with OLLI at UC Davis. After serving as a middle school resource specialist for students with learning differences, Callinan is now the student.

Member Spotlight: Gail Yokote

May 02, 2019
“Since I’ve been introduced to OLLI it’s been great,” says Gail Yokote. A member of OLLI at UC Davis for only a year, she is already volunteering as the interim secretary for the OLLI Board of Directors.

Student Spotlight: Richard Krumwiede

May 02, 2019
As a landscape architect, Richard Krumwiede, now winemaker/viticulturist at Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery, always enjoyed visiting the grounds of the many wineries he worked on. In 2007, he decided to plant a zinfandel vineyard on his own property after a beetle infestation killed off the native pines. As the vineyard developed, he began making wine, further cultivating his interest in viticulture and winemaking.

Instructor Spotlight: David Pardes

May 02, 2019
David Pardes, M.S., MBA, a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco, brings 12 years of wine industry experience, and a bit of humor, to his decade’s-long career of teaching finance, accounting and taxation to vineyard and winery owners and executives.

Instructor Spotlight: Melissa Pellini

May 02, 2019
Melissa Pellini has been working in the wine industry since 2007. She studied viticulture and winemaking in northern Italy, where she became interested in the differences between conventional, organic and biodynamic viticulture. Pellini teaches Successful Home Winemaking.

Instructor Spotlight: Michael Ramsey

May 02, 2019
Michael Ramsey has made a career out of his passion for making wine and beer, despite growing up in a family that practiced temperance. He is the teaching laboratory manager for the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and an instructor in UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s brewing and winemaking programs. He teaches the Wine Microbiology Workshop and Introduction to Wine Chemistry. 

Instructor Spotlight: Chik Brenneman

May 02, 2019
Chik Brenneman is the winemaker for the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and manager of the teaching winery and department wine cellar, where he procures wines and oversees the collections. With more than 25 years in the industry, Brenneman has been teaching Wine Filtration and Step-by-Step Winemaking for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education for 10 years.

Instructor Spotlight: S. Kaan Kurtural

May 02, 2019
As an associate Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture with the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, Kaan Kurtural is well versed in helping grape growers solve real-world production issues. “It is very satisfying to see the results of hard work,” said Kurtural, who grew up on a raisin ranch and whose research focuses on understanding whole grapevine physiology in order to improve agricultural practices and adapt to ecological stresses. Kurtural is the instructor of Establishing and Managing a Small Vineyard.

Instructor Spotlight: Lucy Joseph

May 02, 2019
Lucy Joseph, M.S., is curator of the UC Davis Wine Microbe Collection and co-instructor of Wine Microbiology Workshop. With more than 35 years of experience as a professional microbiologist, she is an expert in spoilage issues, especially Brettanomyces.

Student Spotlight: Amy LaBelle

May 02, 2019
4,083 days. That’s how long it took for Amy LaBelle to realize her dream of making wine full-time. She began her career as a corporate attorney, but five years into practicing law, she realized she had missed her calling. From that moment, until the day she opened the doors of her winery, she did something every day to move her dream forward, and now she is the founder and winemaker of the award-winning LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH.

Student Spotlight: Kennedy Taylor

May 01, 2019
Kennedy Taylor is just beginning a new career in health care. She recently accepted a research data specialist position with the California Department of Healthcare Services in Sacramento and credits UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Healthcare Analytics Certificate Program with helping her land the job.

Student Spotlight: Lauren Woods Salazar

April 18, 2019
Meet Lauren Woods Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar director and blender, otherwise known as the company’s chief curator. Salazar is also a graduate of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s world-renowned Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program.

Instructor Spotlight: Rebecca Bleibaum

April 18, 2019
Rebecca N. Bleibaum, instructor and co-founder of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program, has been passionate about sensory science since discovering it as a student at UC Davis. Since that time, she has worked alongside pioneers in the field and around the world, focusing on turning academic concepts into applied sensory research.

Student Spotlight: Damian Espinase Nandorfy

April 18, 2019
Damian Espinase Nandorfy, a scientist at The Australian Wine Research Institute, completed the Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program in September 2018.

Instructor Bios: Health Sciences

April 18, 2019

Sukhvir S. Brar, MBA, is a lead business consultant for Blue Shield of California and a statistical & predictive analytics consultant for UC Davis, UC San Francisco and Stanford.

Student Spotlight: Kristin Seidl

April 18, 2019
Kristin Seidl, Ph.D., RN, had been working in health care for more than 24 years, when she decided on a career change. As the healthcare industry shifted to a more data-dependent environment, she knew that her understanding of clinical operations and the regulatory environment could be an invaluable asset in an analytics role. So she embraced her love of working with data and transitioned from clinical operations to data analytics.

Instructor Spotlight: Brian Paciotti

April 18, 2019
Brian Paciotti has always been interested in science and research. He is an instructor in the Healthcare Analytics Program, teaches because he believes that analytics done properly can lower costs, improve access and reduce medical errors.

Student Spotlight: Lance Rodgers

April 18, 2019
William Lance Rodgers is a senior analyst for the Air Force Medical Service at the Defense Health Headquarters. He has spent close to a decade working with data, including nearly three years of experience in healthcare analytics. Being able to creatively solve problems and provide better information is what he enjoys most about his work.

Instructor Spotlight: Janet Mahrle

April 12, 2019

We sat down with instructor Janet Mahrle, Professional Certified Coach and owner of Mahrle Coaching Services, to talk about her popular course, Conversational Intelligence®: Strategies for Effective Conversations. Read what she had to say about the impact of making conversations more effective. 

Instructor Spotlight: Dawn Karner

April 12, 2019
The Shifting Landscape of Leadership: Emotional Intelligence and Coaching

What it means to be a ‘leader’ is changing. That’s according to Dawn Karner, a coach, trainer and leadership consultant who teaches our three-day course, Leading Through Emotional Intelligence and Coaching. Karner feels that the ‘soft skills’ she teaches have become essential qualities in today’s leaders.

Student Spotlight: Lori Roberts Smith and Tim Zindorf

April 12, 2019

Lori Roberts Smith and Tim Zindorf completed the Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate in December 2018. Longtime friends, Smith and Zindorf live near Washington, D.C. with their families. While traveling cross-country every other week to attend the five-month program initially seemed liked a challenge, it soon turned into an adventure. Prior to enrolling, Smith did extensive research to find the best coaching program to meet their needs. 

Instructor Spotlight: Amber Manfree

April 12, 2019

Meet Amber Manfree, GIS instructor for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Interim Dean's Message

February 01, 2019

The New Year is a time to be reflective of what we’ve accomplished and, perhaps more importantly, where we’re headed in service of our mission to make education accessible. There’s been no shortage of predictions this month about what’s to come. In this brief article, I share a few of the most intriguing stories to hit the wire this month.

Governor's Budget Proposed $15M for UC Extensions

February 01, 2019

Gavin Newsom’s recent budget proposed $15M one-time General Fund for UC Extensions to support expanded degree completion and certification programs. The UC Extension deans are in consultation with UCOP on strategies for funding allocation.

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CPE Dean Joins UPCEA Board of Directors

February 01, 2019

CPE Interim Dean Susan Catron has been named to the Board of Directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the premier association for professional, continuing and online education. Catron was newly elected for a two-year term along with the deans of Harvard and University of Washington. Nelson Baker, dean of Georgia Tech will serve as President.

“Membership on UPCEA’s Board of Directors affords an incredible opportunity to liaise with national leaders in continuing, professional and online education,” Catron said.

Partner with CPE

February 01, 2019

We’re excited to announce a new section of our website dedicated to helping our UC Davis colleagues understand what we do, the services we provide and how you can partner with us.

You’ll find specific information on our Division, our capabilities and easy contact information for our academic leadership. We also provide a case study on the Global Study Program, a campus-wide partnership that brings outstanding undergraduate students from prestigious international partner universities to study at UC Davis.

Interim Dean's Message

October 08, 2018

In a fast-moving, knowledge economy, lifelong education is the currency for career resilience and advancement. At UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, lifetime career education for part-time and non-traditional learners is what we do. As the centralized campus hub for workforce development, we bridge the time between and beyond formal degrees to create a more seamless pipeline for learning across a potentially 60-year career span.

Welcoming a New Associate Dean

October 08, 2018

Eva Anneli Adams (Anneli) has been named associate dean for International and Access Programs. In this capacity, Adams is responsible for leading a portfolio of academic programs for international students, scholars and professionals, along with the UC Davis Pre-College Program, Open Campus and our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. Anneli and her team focus on pathways and pipelines that create access for non-matriculated learners to the outstanding opportunities at UC Davis.

'18-'19 Faculty Advisory Committee Named

October 08, 2018

We are pleased to announce the members of our 2018-19 Faculty Advisory Board. The board advises the division on key issues at the intersection of our work and that of our campus colleagues in the Schools and Colleges, and champions our work to extend educational access to non-matriculated learners. Some of the issues we'll take up this year include alternative credentialing, internal advocacy and campus partnerships.

CPE Trends

October 08, 2018
On-Ramps and Off-Ramps: Alternative Credentials and Emerging Pathways Between Education and Work

The college degree remains the best ticket to a rewarding career and the middle class. Yet, traditional degree pathways alone cannot meet the lifetime education needs of adult learners who will require nimble, skill-based credentials to stay relevant in a dynamic economy.

MOOC Spotlight

October 08, 2018
UC Davis on Coursera Reaches 500K Learners Globally

In the last three years, UC Davis has taught more than half a million students from around the world on Coursera's global platform. Since the fall of 2015, CPE has partnered with Coursera to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), bringing high-quality distance education that is accessible to a worldwide audience of 35 million adult learners.

Sponsored Activity Reaches New Heights

October 08, 2018

CPE garnered $19 million in external funding in fiscal year 2017-2018, raising the organization's overall sponsored program commitments to more than $34 million. This funding supports training and evaluation services for local, state and federal agencies in the workforce development arena.