Our Stories
Margaret Meloni

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"We integrate what the book says and what happens in the real world."

Catalina Montoya

Interior Architecture

"It has been possible for me to balance between my personal and professional interests."

Mark Stern

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"One of the great things about being at UCLA Extension is the instructor body. We bring the real world into the classroom."

Ginger Silvera


"I feel closer to my dreams. I know someday soon, I will be able to share my stories with the world."

Nurit Katz

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"We truly have an international classroom."

Judd Stark

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"UCLA Extension is a place where I could, after 25 years, go back and get my feet wet in a field that I've dreamed about doing."

Parisa Golvani

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"My goal of coming here was to change my career path."

Stan Lee

2017 Certificate Graduation Keynote Speaker

"Whatever you do, give it your best shot. You'll be glad you did."

Mario Ayala

Medical Device Engineering

"I started getting more responses from recruiters to my applications."

Haibo Liu

American Language Center

"I learned a lot of things that I never could have learned in routine life."

Frank Pearce

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"I've always been seeking out ways to further my skill set, as well as ways that we can develop leaders."

Lauren Ruitberg

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"UCLA Extension helped me get my first job."

Jag Songi

Human Resources Management

"We are multicultural. If we don't understand that, we'll miss the boat on how to optimize and organization through the human element."

James Curtis

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"As an instructor, I give my students a balanced mix of substantive instruction and practical skills."

Olga Vinogradova


"I have come out of my comfort zone to transform myself."

Phoenix Wang

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"People have done it before, why not me?"

Manuel Tortora

Interior Design

"UCLA Extension has given me the strength and courage to relight a dream and rebuild my future."

Judy Hudson

Government Contract Management

"My employer wanted to have their contracting professionals very well‐rounded. It was recommended and I applied to the certificate program."

Christine Essel

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"There were several points in my career at which UCLA Extension was incredibly helpful to me."

Elizabeth Allen White

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"What you brought to that moment when you decided to apply for that certificate program will be part of who you are as you go forward in your life."

Vahe Baban


"I couldn't think of a finer institution to pursue the career of my dreams and a field I'm only beginning to serve."

Diane Nixon

Special Education

"I am living proof you can teach an old dog new tricks."

Paul Mendoza

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"I was ready to put my best foot forward into the world."

Jennifer Spicher

Early Childhood Education Placeholdertexttext

"It is very important to be open-minded in the classroom."

Garbo Tat

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"If you want to get help with internships and find jobs later, the UCLA Extension program is the best one."

Paul Martella

American Language Center and Journalism

"Before teaching, I came to Extension when I was interested in a career change."

Kirk Saduski

Film and Television Placeholdertexttext

"Continuing education is continuing life."

Chris Christensen

Technical Management Placeholdertexttext

"I think the future is definitely in the direction of 'just-in-time' learning."

Kalina Silverman


"UCLA Extension taught me I could be whatever I wanted to be – and more."

Jorge Ramos

Journalist, Author, Broadcaster

"Somebody has to give you a second chance. And for me, UCLA Extension gave me that second chance in life and allowed me to reinvent myself."

Peggie Fariss

Creative Development Executive

"I hope you will let your curiosity drive you to unknown places. Let your courage give you the strength to leave your comfort zone, to pursue your dreams, to fill your life with interesting people, and to follow your heart."

Victor Garcia

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"The advice I give to future students considering the certificate program… do it."

Ken Cooper

Pathway Graduate

"I was expecting to learn to be independent, to live on my own. It was about stepping up to the plate and being responsible. I'm proud of myself for doing all those things."

Paul Comstock

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"Just a guy with a truck."

Fernando de Moraes

International Architectural Designer text

"I had a natural talent for space planning, for composition, for design, for aesthetics."

Jeanne Holm

Chief Knowledge Architect and Philanthropist

"I trace back all of my success to my UCLA education."

Stacie Preven

Landscape Architect Placeholdertexttext

"Learning how to solve problems by drawing rather than words."

Manuel Tortora

Interior Design

"UCLA Extension has given me the strength and courage to relight a dream and rebuild my future."

Scarlet Guevarra

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"Litigation is never going to go away."

Christine Baker


"Extension's horticulture classes are providing me with the confidence necessary to overcome obstacles as a small-scale female farmer."

Dainise Meissner

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"I have no idea where I can go next, but there are no boundaries."

Mohab H. Sherif

Engineer, Sustainability Placeholdertexttext

"Every day you will learn a new thing."

Dale Weber

Chemical Engineer, Sustainability Placeholder

"Inspired to make a difference."

Eva Merz

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"Think bigger, grow bigger."

Maria Dadouch


"I needed to tell the stories of my country. The Writers' Program at UCLA Extension made this possible for me."