Category: Alumni Profiles

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Eric T. Williamson had spent nine years doing postproduction in the film and television industry when he was hired as AT&T’s Managing Audio Engineer in 2008. In this position, Williamson directed a team that was responsible for making soundtracks for commercials and promotional clips that aired on the company’s subsidiary, DIRECTV. The work combined creative and technical engineering abilities, from sound design to systems mapping, which are needed to broadcast the soundtracks.

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Mark Rodriguez has met a lot of people over the years. In the Human Resources (HR) field since 1983, he has worked for small and large companies, overseeing up to 12,000 employees at a time. He has watched the HR industry evolve from a separate function removed from a company’s main operations, to a critical component that is equally important to finance, sales, and marketing divisions. This experience makes Rodriguez an ideal match for his latest role as Program Advisor for CCPE’s HR Management Certificate Program. It also helps that he graduated from the same program shortly after it began in the mid-‘80s.

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PHOTO: Former L.A. Lakers interns at STAPLES Center (L-R) Matthew Walker, Emma Heeger, Alison Darnell and Nick Haney

“Get out and talk to people. Understand your own brand. Be humble, be genuine, and be curious.”

These statements all sound like great advice for anyone’s life, but they’re specifically a recipe for success in the Sport Management industry, according to CSULB alum Emma Heeger. Having just graduated this past June from the Master of Arts in Kinesiology (Option in Sport Management) program, Heeger has already implemented these lessons from instructors and industry professionals, scoring plenty of opportunities in the process.

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PHOTO: CSULB Health Care Administration alumni from the Rivera family (L-R): Jessica and husband Bryan, Bryan’s father Al and sister Brooke 

Cost. Value. Location. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right graduate school program. For Bryan Rivera, it was easy: he just followed his family members into CSULB’s Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA) program.

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PHOTO: Bridget Campos inspecting tile artwork by Matt Doolin at Fire Station 71 in Malibu while workingfor the L.A. County Arts Commission

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA) has one of the most impressive collections of art on the planet, with nearly 7,000 objects and a track record of hosting innovative and historical exhibitions. Overseeing the movement and condition of all these artworks is a monumental task, but Bridget Campos is more than qualified, thanks to her certification from CCPE’s Collections Management for Costume and Textiles program.

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Felipe Rodriguez had been fighting fires for 18 years, and served in the U.S. Navy for five, so he had plenty of the experience needed to become a full-time professional firefighter. But before he could take his career to the next level, he needed one final component: a degree from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

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