Welcome to the San Diego State University summer 2015 semester at the College of Extended Studies. While some people associate summer with leisure, it is also a great time to learn leadership skills in your profession, prepare for industry certification exams, or explore a new career field. Whatever your goal, we offer hundreds of ways for you to achieve your aspirations.
Professional certificate programs offer an affordable and quickly attainable way to advance your skills and your career. More than half of our programs take less than one year to complete. For these reasons, certificates have become the second most common postsecondary milestone in the U.S. with more than 1 million awarded each year.
In certain fields, certificates provide mandatory training. For example, completing projects on track, on time, and within budget is so critical that many companies require key employees – and those of any organization they work with – to be certified project managers. In just 150 hours, you can meet this requirement through SDSU/CES.
Other certificates, while not required, enhance your ability to do your job. The Business Writing Professional Certificate is a great example. In just 10.5 hours, you can master a few basic techniques to ensure your every communication is clear and concise. In today’s multi-media world, that’s a formula for success both on the job and in life.
Other certificates reflect knowledge in areas so new (e.g., The Business of Craft Beer, and International Security and Trade) that they can put you at the front of the line when applying for a job and/or seeking a promotion. Both of these market-driven certificate programs are born of an industry identified need for skilled workers in burgeoning fields.
Certificate program courses are frequently taught by adjunct faculty who are currently professionally employed in their fields of expertise. The use of working professionals as adjunct faculty is consistently cited by students as a key strength of our programs as they deliver a hands-on, practical approach to learning skills that can be immediately applied to your job.
According to current students and graduates, networking is yet another key strength of our programs. Whether networking with fellow students or instructors, in class or online, you’ll make important connections that could lead to new opportunities, and often have.
Whether you are looking to improve your career or to enhance your life, there’s something for you at SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Join our new worlds of exploration at neverstoplearning.net.
Joseph B. Shapiro
Dean, College of Extended Studies