Meet Enrollment Coach Cathy Zhao

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Cathy Zhao, enrollment coach, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Empowering students to fulfill their goals—whether they be upskilling or pursuing a new career path—is what Cathy Zhao finds most rewarding about her role as an enrollment coach. “When I see students achieve their goals, I share their happiness,” said Cathy. “Knowing that I made a small contribution to their success is very satisfying.”

“As an enrollment coach, I can encourage and motivate students and help them find the focus they need to complete their education.”

Cathy joins UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Enrollment Services team as the coach for CPE’s Accounting, Advanced Estimating and Integrated Cost Management, Paralegal, Construction Management, Project Management, GIS and Maternal and Child Nutrition programs. With a background in education counseling and a master’s in education, Cathy is looking forward to promoting lifelong learning and helping professionals advance their careers.

“Cathy’s extensive experience in higher education coaching and her passion for helping students achieve success will be invaluable to guiding our students along their professional development path,” said Michelle Kreuzer-Moore, CPE’s executive director of enrollment management.

Cathy understands first-hand what many working professionals who decide to go back to school are experiencing. She herself was a working professional, building a family, when she decided to pursue her master’s degree. She knows that one of the biggest issues many of CPE’s students face is finding the time to commit to their professional development.

“Many of our students have full-time jobs and families, so once they decide to upskill or pursue a career change, the difficult thing is determining how to fit that in,” said Cathy. “As an enrollment coach, I can encourage and motivate them and help them find the focus they need to complete their education.” 

If you’re unsure whether an enrollment coach can help you, consider Cathy as your partner. She can answer your questions on program details and the enrollment process, and she’ll be standing on the sidelines cheering you on along the way.

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