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Info Sessions on Paralegal Studies Certificate Program to be Held July 23, 30 and Aug 6

June 25, 2015 9:00am

Cal State East Bay will host several information sessions on its Certificate in Paralegal Studies program this summer. Participants will meet the program director, learn more about program requirements and course offerings, as well as network with other professionals.

The American Bar Association (ABA)-approved CSUEB Certificate in Paralegal Studies qualifies aspiring paralegals for entry-level positions in law offices, corporations, government agencies and other organizations. Earning a certificate is also an excellent option for existing paralegals who seek to differentiate themselves, increase earning potential, and meet or exceed the educational requirements dictated by California law.

See below for a list of upcoming information sessions:

Thursday, July 23
6-7:30 p.m.
Hayward Campus, VBT 219

Thursday, July 30
6-7:30 p.m.
Concord Campus, AS 206

Thursday, August 6
9:30-11 a.m.
Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library, Oakland

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College is a Family Affair for Grandmother and Granddaughter at CSUEB's Concord campus

Alyce Shikano, left, and granddaughter Alyssa Larson are both students at Cal State East Bay's Concord campus.

June 17, 2015 12:00am

Like most grandmothers, Alyce Shikano is proud of her grandchildren. However, she’s particularly close to one of them — 21-year-old Alyssa Larson. That’s because grandmother and granddaughter are students at Cal State East Bay’s Concord Campus.

“We are very close and can talk about anything,” Larson said. “She’s my friend and I love spending time with her.”

Larson is a freshman in the nursing program, and her grandmother takes Osher Lifelong Learning classes through the Scholar-OLLI Program for mature learners.

The two try to meet up between classes, which isn’t always easy with their busy schedules.

“The last time we met up, it was a pure accident. I stayed too long after a class and Alyssa was coming upstairs, which she doesn’t usually do, and ‘oh my God, I ran into my granddaughter!’” Shikano said.

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Jump-Start Your Social Media Presence With CSUEB’s Intro to Social Media Workshop June 27

Irene Koehler is the instructor for Cal State East Bay’s Introduction to Social Media Workshop

June 12, 2015 12:00am

Are you interested in jump-starting your social media presence and learning how to use your social media profiles for professional or personal purposes? Take part in Cal State East Bay’s upcoming Introduction to Social Media Workshop from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. June 27 at the Hayward Campus. 

Held in a computer lab, this one-day, hands-on workshop will help participants build their knowledge of social media tools and channels. Participants will be guided step-by-step to set up accounts on some of the most popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. Class discussions will focus around determining what type of content to share, connecting with others and privacy considerations.

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Students Find Success at Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus

June 8, 2015 12:00am

The demand for diverse graduates from Cal State East Bay’s Concord campus is on the rise — a demand that can be credited to Concord’s ongoing goal of meeting and nurturing the educational needs of the people of Contra Costa County and the surrounding area. 

Student Carl De La Cruz, originally from the Philippines, graduated from the nursing program at Concord in December 2014. He managed to secure a full-time position within days of his commencement, an achievement he attributes to being a CSUEB Concord student. He felt CSUEB Concord set him up for success in the interview process, in particular.

“I strongly believe that it made me stand out as the top candidate for the position,” De La Cruz said. 

De La Cruz also said that students can graduate from Concord feeling confident in their knowledge and their ability to succeed in whatever field they choose.

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CSUEB to Host Nonprofit Management Program Info Session on June 9

June 4, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program will hold an upcoming information meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on June 9 at the university’s Oakland Center. Participants will meet the program director, learn more about program requirements and course offerings, and network with other professionals.

The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program prepares existing and aspiring nonprofit professionals to meet the increasingly challenging demands of nonprofit administration. Students will learn many aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation and nonprofit law. Students who enroll in the program can also look forward to engaging, hands-on sessions that directly apply to their day-to-day work. 

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CSUEB American Language Program Honors Former Students At Annual GradFest

CSUEB’s American Language Program (ALP) hosts annual GradFest, honoring Class of 2015 graduates who are former ALP students.

May 26, 2015 10:00am

Cal State East Bay’s American Language Program (ALP), which helps students from countries outside the United States improve their English and get ready to attend American college classes, hosted its sixth annual GradFest on May 20 at the Hayward Hills campus. The event, honoring former ALP students who have matriculated into the university and will graduate from CSUEB in the 2014-15 academic year, celebrated 146 former ALP students — 120 with bachelor’s degrees and 26 with master’s degrees.

Cal State East Bay’s ALP offers a range of high-quality programs for students from all over the world, including diploma, certificate and graduate preparation programs. However, the majority of ALP students are part of the Intensive English Program, which gives participants conditional admission to the university if they raise their English proficiency to meet program standards.

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Summer Enrollment for CSUEB’s Online Wedding Planner Certificate Program Open Through June 8

Joyce Scardina Becker, director and instructor of CSUEB's Wedding Planner Certificate Program.

May 18, 2015 12:00am

According to the Association of Bridal Consultants, there are over 2.4 million weddings every year in the United States. Take part in this fast-growing and lucrative industry by earning your Certificate in Wedding Planning from Cal State East Bay. The summer enrollment period for the Online Wedding Planner Certificate Program is open now through June 8. No application is necessary.

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

“The Wedding Planner Certificate course was the starting point for my career,” said Brooke Baglietto, who completed the program in 2005 and is currently the wedding specialist at The Carneros Inn in Napa, Calif. “The course led me to my first internship and my first paid position within the industry.”

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CSUEB Alumna Named eLearning Specialist for Humboldt State University

Pamela Dougherty

May 1, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay alumna Pamela Dougherty was recently named the new eLearning Support Specialist at Humboldt State University. Dougherty, who graduated from CSUEB's M.S. in Education, option in Online Teaching and Learning (MS-OTL) Program in June 2014, works with a team to increase student success in online courses and programs.

As part of her job, Dougherty trains and supports faculty who are working to improve online course design, and she is currently involved in the research and development of student support services for students in online programs. Dougherty attributes much of her success in her new role to the education she received at CSUEB.

"The MS-OTL program provided me with (the) knowledge, skills and experience that enabled me to qualify for my current position," Dougherty said. "I am able to directly apply those skills and knowledge in my day-to-day work."

Prior to assuming her new role, Dougherty worked as an academic advisor at CSU Humboldt for six years.

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Cal State East Bay Offers One-Day Loan Signing Agent Seminar, May 2

April 22, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay will offer a one-day seminar entitled Become a Certified Loan Signing Agent from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 on the Hayward campus. Participants will learn valuable skill sets, from how to properly notarize loan packages to negotiating fees and advertising as a professional in the real estate market.

Participants will also leave the seminar with a list of 50 loan signing companies to help get them started with their own business.

Learn more about registration for the class at

--Erin Merdinger

Inaugural Group of Students Earn Social Media Marketing Certificate From CSUEB

CSUEB's first group of students to complete the Social Media Marketing Certificate program. (from left to right): Monica Holmes, Kathy Andrews, Terry Cato and Nitesh Dutt.

April 17, 2015 12:00am

After four years of working in television for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Cal State East Bay alumnus Nitesh Dutt was looking for a career change — a program centered on the fast-growing field of social media marketing couldn't have come at a better time.

Dutt, 27, is part of the approximately 12 first students to enroll in CSUEB's new Social Media Marketing Certificate Program, and one of the first four students who received their certificates in March. Launched in January, the program, is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the practical and strategic components of social media marketing.

"If you have a passion for social media and marketing then this is the perfect program," said Dutt, who graduated CSUEB with a bachelor's degree in Communication in 2010. "Go in with an open mind and you'll learn a lot, plus make great connections."

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