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 more stories here.
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 through her co-worker, Tawny Sherrill, who is the founding committee member of the program. Bridget initially thought she wouldn’t have time to complete the program, but when Tawny explained that it is offered entirely online and that students can complete the classes at their own pace, Bridget decided to enroll.
“I wanted to further my education in museum collections, because that’s the career path I would like to take. Although I work full-time and have a busy schedule, I wanted to make time for the program because the subject was very interesting to me and I knew it would help me get my foot in the door in collections management,” Bridget said. “The online format made the program more accessible, and I could read and complete the assignments on my own time,” she continued. “The program is divided into modules, which makes it easier to complete when you work full-time. I wouldn’t have been able to enroll in a program like this if it wasn’t offered online.”
Bridget said the internship portion of the program was invaluable. “We were set up with internships at museums that our instructors thought we would like. I really pushed for the Autry National Center because I knew I wanted to work with Native American artifacts and Western costuming,” she explained. “The internship was so important because you’re able to do hands-on work that you enjoy, and you get to experience what it’s like to work at a museum,” she continued. Even though her internship has ended, Bridget continues to volunteer at the Autry Center. “Everyone there is like family to me,” she said. Bridget added that she thinks the Collections Management professional designation program was better for her than getting her Master’s degree because of the internship experience and the real-world information she learned and can now put into practice.
“These certificate programs are especially good for people who want to continue their education but can’t afford to enroll in a Master’s or PhD program,” she added. “The professors are wonderful and they understand that most students are working full-time and need more flexibility. They’re also well connected in the industry and helped get us into internships where they knew we would succeed.” Bridget was hired in Fall 2012 as a Collections Associate at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, which is part of the Autry National Center.
Learn more about the Collections Management for Costume and Textiles certificate program here.