CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education

Real StudentsReal Stories

Every year, the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at CSULB helps over 20,000 students strive to improve their life and career opportunities through our courses and programs. Each one of these students has a story. Read about what motivated the students below to strive to attain their education and career goals.


Justin Rich
Master of Public Administration (Distance Learning Program)

After earning his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and working as a consultant for school districts for over 10 years, Justin Rich decided to get his Master’s degree. While researching programs, he came across the Master of Public Administration Distance Learning (DLMPA) program at CSULB, and was motivated to apply due to the program’s flexibility, which would allow him to work full-time and raise a family while earning his degree.

Read more of Justin's story here.


Cody Brown
Master of Arts in Kinesiology, Option in Sport Management

After earning his degree in Organizational Communication at CSU Chico, Cody Brown wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his career. He knew sports, especially basketball, would always be a huge part of his life, and his mom suggested that he look into the Master’s in Sport Management program at CSULB. “Once my competitive playing days were over, I wanted to find a way to stay involved. The program at CSULB was a perfect introduction into the business of sport,” Cody said. He applied to the program and graduated in February 2014 with a 4.0 GPA and an Outstanding Capstone Award.

Read more of Cody's story here.


Christopher Yonan
Project Management Essentials

Christopher recently completed the Project Management Essentials certificate program at CSULB, which provides participants with a solid foundation in the proven concepts, tools, and techniques that are vital for achieving effective project management and career success. Christopher holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University and currently works as a Business Analyst in the Pension and Health Plan department of the Screen Actors Guild.

Read more of Christopher's story here.


Bridget Campos
Collections Management for Costume and Textiles, Professional Designation Program

While working full-time as a librarian, Bridget Campos was introduced to CCPE’s Collections Management for Costume and Textiles program by her co-worker, Tawny Sherrill, who is the founding committee member of the program. Bridget thought she wouldn’t have time to complete the program, but when she discovered that it is offered entirely online and that she could complete the classes at her own pace, she decided to enroll.

Read more of Bridget’s story here.


Linda Lange
Internet Crime and Identity Theft Certificate Program

Online criminals, beware: Linda Lange, a self-described Internet safety advocate, is on the watch. Linda started a website and blog called CyberSafetyTalk.com about a year ago because she wanted to be involved in building awareness about Internet crime. She was first exposed to Internet crime and prevention through running an online store for six years and working with a web applications security firm in the Bay Area for three years.

Read more of Linda’s story here.


Nick La Rosa
Global Logistics Specialist and Marine Terminal Operations Professional Programs

After graduating with a BA in Sociology from CSULB, Nick La Rosa decided to enroll in the Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program at the Center for International Trade and Transportation at CSULB. “Growing up with my father, who has been in the industry his whole life, I knew I wanted to work in the transportation industry,” Nick said. “Even though I grew up around the industry, there was so much that was still unknown, so I was motivated to learn more.”

Read more of Nick's story here.

Lisa Frenchie

Lisa Frenchie
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts Degree Completion Program

After graduating from high school, Lisa Frenchie enrolled at CSULB and began taking undergraduate courses. During her junior year, she gave birth to a daughter, Evonne, and wasn’t able to finish her degree. A little over a year ago, Lisa heard a radio advertisement for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program at CSULB. “I thought, this is great! I can go back to finish what I started,” Lisa said, explaining that she then found the program online and applied, and was accepted about two months later. After four semesters in the program, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in May 2012.

Read more of Lisa's story here.




Fahad Din
Master of Science in Health Care Administration and Global Logistics Specialist Programs

After graduating from USC with a degree in Information Systems and a minor in Corporate Finance, Fahad Din started looking at graduate programs with the goal of enhancing his academic knowledge. He was looking for a program that would provide him with business acumen while diversifying his knowledge in another field, so he decided on the Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA) degree program at CSULB. He later enrolled in the Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program because he knew it would help him is his job as a Business Sales Analyst at a global life science company.

Read more of Fahad’s story here.


Rodney Paguyo
Courtroom Presentation of Evidence course, Basic Applied Forensic Science Program

As a Laboratory Technician at Automotive Collision Consultants, Rodney assists in reconstructing accidents and dealing with fraud and insurance claims. His supervisor learned about the Basics Applied Forensic Science certificate program at CSULB and recommended that Rodney take the Courtroom Presentation of Evidence class, as it directly relates to their industry. When asked what motivated him to enroll in the class while he was working part-time and getting his Associate’s degree, Rodney said that he knew the class would help him in his career. Rodney hopes to gain success in the Industrial Technology field and travel the world.

Read more of Rodney’s story here.


Sokchanda Im
Global Logistics Specialist Professional Designation Program

Sokchanda (“Sokie”) Im recently graduated from CSULB with three Bachelor of Science degrees and a professional designation as a Global Logistics Specialist (GLS). She has been working at a full-time job in the logistics industry for a year and a half, and has managed to balance her work, social life, and classes while earning her degrees. Sokie now holds Bachelor of Science degrees in International Business, Management, and Supply Chain Operations Management, in addition to her GLS designation. Thanks in part to the GLS program, Sokie works full-time as a pricing analyst at Vanguard Logistics.

Read more of Sokie’s story here.


Reba Birmingham
It’s Never Too Late to Finish Your Degree

Reba Birmingham is a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree completion program at CSULB. She is also an attorney at Long Beach Law, Inc., and is a past president of Women Lawyers of Long Beach. You might ask, “How did she get to be an attorney without having a Bachelor’s degree?” Reba went to Pacific Coast University, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class, which only required an AA degree. Reba was a single mom at the time and had a lot of responsibilities, so she never got around to finishing her Bachelor’s degree. “Now that my son has his Master’s degree, I figured it’s time to get my Bachelor’s degree,” Reba said.

Read more of Reba's story here.


Kevin Tham
Emergency Medical Technician Training Program

From checking vitals and dressing wounds to gathering information from patients and assisting medics with ambulance transfers, Kevin Tham helps save lives as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He got the job after graduating from the inaugural EMT training program at CSULB, which he heard about while working toward his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He enrolled in the program because he knew it would help him get closer to his goal of becoming a firefighter or paramedic.

Read more of Kevin's story here.


Tori Willis
Master of Arts in Kinesiology, Option in Sport Management

As the Youth Marketing Specialist for the San Francisco 49ers, Tori Willis gets to combine her love of sports with her career. Heading into her fourth season with the team, she works on general marketing projects for the team as well as youth programs such as Kids Club and Youth Football/Play 60 initiatives. She also assists with team events like the Draft Day Party, Fan Fest, and Alumni Weekend, and is helping to develop the 49ers Museum and Hall of Fame, opening in 2014 at the new Levi’s Stadium.

Read more of Tori's story here.