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CSUEB’s Project Management Certificate Prepares Graduates for Top-Paying Jobs

January 23, 2015 3:18pm

Cal State East Bay’s Certificate in Project Management, which can be completed in as little as 10 weeks, prepares graduates for an exciting and lucrative career in project management.

The program provides students with a Project Management Institute (PMI®)-approved way to complete the educational hours necessary to qualify for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam and earn the PMP® credential — a globally recognized credential that demonstrates the experience, education, and competency to lead and direct projects.

According to a recent survey by, PMP certified individuals make up to 16 percent more than their non-certified counterparts, which amounts to a difference in pay of approximately $14,500 each year.

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Cal State East Bay’s Center for Sport and Social Justice to host events related to LGBTQ issues in sport

January 21, 2015 12:00am

California State University East Bay’s Center for Sport and Social Justice will host “Queering Fields and Courts: LGBTQ Issues in Sport,” Jan. 28-29 on CSUEB’s Hayward campus. The events are free and open to the public.

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Blind CSUEB Student Pursues Passion for Opera Through International Exchange Program

CSUEB student Brandon Keith Biggs enjoys a bowl of pasta after a cooking lesson from his Italian girlfriend’s mother while studying abroad in Milan, Italy.

January 14, 2015 12:00am

For a music major studying opera, what could be better than immersing oneself in the birthplace of opera itself? Cal State East Bay student Brandon Keith Biggs, blind from birth, is getting to do exactly that. Currently studying abroad in Italy as part of an international exchange program, Biggs is the first blind CSUEB student to participate in a study abroad program.

"My main goal in coming to Italy is to learn the language," said Biggs. "Because most operas are in Italian, it is very important that I am able to say all the words correctly and know the meaning of everything I am saying."

Biggs, 22, left for Italy in September and will continue his studies at the Catholic University of Milan through June.

In addition to his Italian language course, Biggs is taking a theater class, a course in entrepreneurial finance and — the course which he describes as "the most difficult" — an Italian cooking class.

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Five awesome classes you can give as gifts

December 16, 2014 12:00am

The holiday season is upon us, and for many people the stress of finding the "perfect" gift for a loved one is a constant struggle. That's why this year we have compiled a list of five courses that can make a perfect gift even for the most difficult people to shop for. And with the gift of education, you never have to worry about it going out of style, not fitting properly or running out of batteries.
Here's our list of five awesome classes you can give as gifts:

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CSUEB’s Ivette Bernal awarded prestigious Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

CSUEB student and Gilman Scholarship recipient Ivette Bernal at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

December 10, 2014 12:00am

Cal State East Bay business major Ivette Bernal has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship to study abroad through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Bernal, 20, is currently participating in a yearlong study abroad program in Paris, France, that started this fall.

"Both CSUEB and the Gilman Scholarship played a huge role in my ability to study abroad," said Bernal. "CSUEB provided me with the connection to CSU International Programs, the study abroad program that I am involved with, and the Gilman Scholarship gave me the means to finance my venture and introduced me to their experienced study abroad community."

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CSUEB alumna shows gallery pieces at international art fair in Miami

Joan McLoughlin, Cal State East Bay alumna and owner of The McLoughlin Gallery.

December 5, 2014 12:00am

The McLoughlin Gallery, owned by Cal State East Bay alumna Joan McLoughlin, is currently presenting in Miami for CONTEXT Art Miami— an international contemporary and modern art fair dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. The event started Dec. 2 and will run through Dec. 9.

McLoughlin, who graduated from CSUEB's Certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Studies in 2011, will be showing selected art pieces from her gallery at the fair. Featured artwork includes paintings by Christopher Martin, Jeff Muhs and John Waguespack, contemporary mixed media works by Jerome Lucaniand Guillermo Bert as well as sculptures by David Middlebrook, Arnix Wilnoudt and Hal Buckner.

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Winter application deadline for CSUEB's wedding planner certificate program due Dec. 15

December 1, 2014 12:00am

According to the Association of Bridal Consultants, the wedding business is a $165 billion industry, with more than 2.4 million weddings every year in the United States alone. Take part in this fast-growing and lucrative industry by earning your Certificate in Wedding Planning from Cal State East Bay. Winter applications for the in-class Wedding Planner Certificate Program are currently being accepted now through Dec. 15. The in-class format only occurs once a year, so do not delay!

The internationally recognized program, taught by program founder and 25-year hospitality industry veteran Joyce Scardina Becker, offers participants an in-depth knowledge of all facets of researching, designing, planning, coordinating and evaluating weddings.

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Washington Post Lists Cal State East Bay Computer Science Grads Among Nation's Top Wage Earners In Their Field

Washington Post

November 26, 2014 4:12pm

Cal State East Bay computer science graduates were listed in a recent Washington Post article for being among the nation's top wage earners in their field.

The article, "Where to Go to College to Make the Most Money — for Each Major," appeared in the Nov. 21 online edition of the paper. The article cited the 2014 ranking of the country's highest returns on investment (RIO) for public and private universities.

The Payscale list includes the weighted total cost for a graduate based on in-state and out-of-state tuition rates along with the 20-year net return on investment. The study looked at 1,312 public, private, religious and secular universities around the nation. Cal State East Bay ranked No. 7 for best ROI for in-state tuition and No. 7 for out-of-state.

Overall, CSUEB ranked 259 out of 1,312 institutions, 89 out of 415 universities for public in-state universities, and 128 out of 445 for highest mid-career salary levels.

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Cal State East Bay offers OSHA safety training courses as host site

November 14, 2014 6:00am

Cal State East Bay is offering Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) compliance training as a host site organization for UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center. UCSD Extension’s OSHA Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, innovative and cutting edge education and training services.

Courses will take place at CSUEB’s Oakland Center, conveniently located in downtown Oakland and accessible by public transportation.

Training areas include fire safety, confined space, electrical standards, fall protection, industrial hygiene, Maritime and Train the Trainer courses. 

For more information, including a list of upcoming courses and how to enroll, visit

--Erin Merdinger

Cal State East Bay launches new Certificate in Social Media Marketing

Kimberly Legocki, program director for Cal State East Bay’s new Certificate in Social Media Marketing.

November 7, 2014 6:00am

Cal State East Bay is launching a new Certificate in Social Media Marketing to begin this winter. The program, which can be completed in as little as six months, is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the practical and strategic components of social media marketing.   

For many, the program comes at an opportune time as the need for professionals with an understanding of social media platforms continues to rise. According to, jobs with the phrase "social media" in their title are growing by nearly 90 percent.

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