College of Continuing Education

Online Training for Pesticide Application Sees Record-Setting Enrollment

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) collaborated with CCE to develop a new, three-tiered online training program.  New state legislation in 2016 mandated that any person who applies a pesticide at a school site must complete a minimum one-hour training course.  This new online training emphasizes the safe use of pesticides in relation to the unique nature of school sites and children’s health.

  • 1 hour mandated training
  • More than 25,000 people in California have enrolled, rising every day
  • Largest program in CCE’s history
  • 1st online course offered in both English and Spanish

State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit 2017

The State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit 2017, scheduled on Tuesday, October 10 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, gathers thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to engage, inform, train, and empower California to stay ahead of cyber threats.  This educational and information-packed forum will feature CPE-certified content tied to the five pillars of cybersecurity: identify, detect, protect, respond, and recover.  The 2017 Summit is hosted by California State University, Sacramento (collaboration between CCE’s Conference & Training Services and ECS’ Center for Information Assurance and Security) in conjunction with four state partners:  the California Department of Technology, California Office of Emergency Services, California Military Department, and the California Highway Patrol.

Capitol I&E DAY

The California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program’s ‘Capitol Information & Education (I&E) Day’ has been an annual event at the California State Capitol for over a decade. It was started by the Joint Ethnic Networks, which educated legislators on the impact of tobacco on California’s diverse ethnic populations.  In 2005, the event was broadened to include all Prop. 99 funded projects.  Now, each year about 150 people from around the state come to the Capitol to educate their legislators about the burden of tobacco in their communities.

Online Degree Completion Programs in Development

Over the past year, CCE and campus partners have been developing three new online degree completion programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Arts & Letters and Psychology programs are for former majors who are ready to return and finish their degree.  The new RN to BSN program will soon be available for working nurses who want to earn their BSN.  Throughout the entire process – from admissions to graduation – students in these programs will have regular support from CCE’s program staff.

For updates on these programs and to learn more, please visit:

Two New Summer Academies Developed

Two new Summer Academies were developed for the upcoming summer ’17 term: Coding and Cyber Security.  Both of these new academies have been so popular that Coding has met the enrollment maximum, and an additional section of Cyber Security was added to meet demand.

Community Outreach

WEAVE’s Sexual Assault Response Team Conference focus this year was on Sexual Assault and Commercially Sexually Exploited Children.  Over 225 law enforcement officers and detectives, direct services providers, advocates, medical providers, social workers, legal professionals, forensic examination teams and any other service providers who touch the life of a survivor attended. In recognition of the various levels of intervention and response for both sexual assault survivors and at-risk youth, attendees had the opportunity to: 

• Build their skills and knowledge about victim services

• Learn new trauma-informed best practices and techniques along with current research

• Connect with colleagues regarding response to sexual violence

Expanding Your Horizons Conference is one-day science and math conference for 6th-8th grade girls held on the Sacramento State campus, designed to encourage and empower young women to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year we had over 500 attendees including many volunteers from the Sacramento State community including 55 workshop presenters, 80 current engineering and science students, and 10 career booth participants.  We also had community support in the way of generous donations made by some of our region’s businesses (AT&T, Intel, Accenture, Bayer, Aerojet, Kaiser Permanente, SMUD and Accenture).

Renaissance Society is a partnership between the Sacramento area's older adults and California State University, Sacramento that provides opportunities for participatory lifelong learning and community engagement for older adults.  Over the last academic year, our specially designed website was the tool that over 2,175 people used to sign-up to become members and register for their seminars.

La Feria - The purpose of the Feria is to promote a college-going culture among the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in the Sacramento region and to provide students and their parents with the information they need to navigate California’s education system.

 Information is presented in Spanish, including workshops on financial aid, preparing for college, and exploring career options. CSAC will be offering a financial aid workshop on FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSU Apply. More than 70 universities, community colleges, and educational organizations are once again expected to participate in the event to provide information and resources to several thousand students and their families

The Feria is sponsored by Univision Channel 19, Sacramento State, and the California State University, along with support from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). CCE Conference and Training Services manages and collaborates with our partners to produce this event. This education day filled with activities attracts up to 5,000 attendees.

California Association of Behavior Analysis

This annual conference offers information, resources, and professional development opportunities for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, regular and special educators, students in those and related fields, and parents and/or consumers of behavior analysis services.

The conference is of special interest to college and university faculty, researchers, administrators, and practitioners in behavior analysis, psychology, regular and special education, rehabilitation, public health, behavioral medicine, speech and language, social work, business, and human services.

CCE Conference and Training Services managed this conference and was our first conference that was completely app based and did not use the traditional program guide. Go Green! This conference is projected to increase to 3000 attendees in 2018!

Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop

This training workshop is designed to improve emergency management knowledge and skills that will help attendees prepare for, respond to, and recover from any emergency with a public health and/or medical component. This workshop provides knowledge of current practices, trends and lessons learned from past emergencies that will enhance response efforts and coordination with all stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers:

  1. Dr. Michael R. Anderson, President of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Senior Vice President, Children’s Services for UCSF Health will discuss Pediatric Disaster Readiness: A National Assessment.
  2. Dr. Tau Braun, Executive Director of the Violence Prevention Agency.  Presentations include:     

Mission Possible:  Prepping for a Volatile World, Got Fortitude:

Psychological Preparedness for First Responders and Dangerous Minds

Understanding and Stopping Terrorists, Mass Casualty Attackers, Stalkers, and Psychopaths

  1. Christie Luce, Chief of the Bureau of Preparedness and Response. Will address Florida’s Response to the Zika Virus.

CCE Conference and Training Services works with California Department of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Office and Emergency Medical Services Authority for this event.

2017 Refugee Summit - Refugee Program Bureau

The summit is designed to assist individuals and organizations deliver refugee services more effectively. The summit includes social service providers; resettlement agencies; ethnic and community-based nonprofits; faith-based organizations; refugees, asylees, survivors of torture and human trafficking; and representatives of county, state, and federal government. The summit provides an opportunity to share knowledge, training, technical assistance, experiences, and best practices as well as an opportunity to network and promote and enhance collaboration.

CCE Conference and Training Services works in collaboration with The Refugee Programs Bureau, of the California Department of Social Services to produce a conference which address issues that in the forefront of our political climate.

Community Engagement

Jenni Murphy, associate dean for the College of Continuing Education, was invited to join Impact Foundry as a Board Member. Impact Foundry replaces the Non-Profit Recourse Center as the regions ‘go to’ organization for building capacity in the non-profit sector and works to improve the management of nonprofit organizations, primarily within California’s northern Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.  Dr. Murphy’s role on the board is lead the development of the organization’s educational platform that will provide leadership and management skills to non-profit executive directors and their staff as well as create programming for board members.

Jenni Murphy was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California council which serves over 18,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteers across in 18 counties in Northern California.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Jenni supports the council by recommending older girl STEM and Outdoor adventure programming and by making connections between higher education and K-12 Girl Scout members and volunteers.

Major Events

CCE’s 65th Anniversary

Thanks to the students, alumni and staff who stopped by our “back to the ’50s” tailgate party at Homecoming, CCE reclaimed the Golden Spatula, the annual Sac State award for the best homecoming pre-game bash on October 8, 2016.

Visitors got into the spirit and helped celebrate CCE’s 65th anniversary. CCE got its start in 1951 under the name Educational Services and was renamed the College of Continuing Education in 2002.

Sacramento Mayor Salutes Professional Development Graduates

Partnership with SETA Boosts Careers and Sacramento’s Economy

In November 2016, the inaugural class of 17 students in the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program completed their accelerated training through CCE. The group was composed of frontline staff recommended by the Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) with exceptional customer skills and leadership potential.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg was among the speakers at the graduation ceremony. He was joined by Diane Ravnik, director of the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards and Bob Lanter, executive director of the California Workforce Association.

Major Milestones for Leadership for the Government Executive Program

Leadership for the Government Executive (LGE) celebrated the 25th graduating cohort and the 10th anniversary of the program’s founding. CCE launched LGE in 2006, followed by the Leadership for the Government Supervisor (LGS) and Leadership for the Government Manager (LGM) in 2008. This three-tiered suite of programs—now known as The Portfolio—has had 50 cohorts with more than 1,000 graduates.


Sacramento chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD):
            2016 Champions of Learning Award

Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE):
            Crystal Marketing Award for the Summer Academies campaign

University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Student Awards

  • Outstanding Non-Traditional Student, Rodolfo Castillo, West Region
  • Outstanding Continuing Education Student, Rodolfo Castillo, National

Marketing Awards

CCE received the most marketing awards of any CSU campus this year, and was the only CSU to win Best in Division.

  • Best in Division winner for CCE Website
  • Gold winner in the Strategic Recruitment Marketing Plan category
          “Summer Academies Marketing Plan”
  • Gold winner in the Magazine category
          “Access Magazine: In Good Company (Volume 15, Issue 2).”
  • Gold winner in the Most improved category
          “College of Continuing Education Website”
  • Silver winner in the Website category
          “College of Continuing Education Website”
  • Silver winner in the Trade show exhibit category
          “Outreach Exhibit”
          Bronze winner in the Mixed Media Campaign category
          “Professional Development Mixed Media Campaign”

Professional Presentations

Felice Dinsfriend and Kendal Chaney-Buttleman, “CERF Utilization Standards, Guidelines & Best Practices,” CSU Counterparts Conference, October 2016

Hei Fok (panel member), “Four under Forty” University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 101st Annual Conference, April 2016

Christine Irion, “Tips, Tools and Templates for Continuing Education” at Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 2016 West Regional Conference, February 2016

Babette Jimenez, “Magical Community of Workforce Development” National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference, May 2016

Babette Jimenez (co-presenter), “The Workforce Development Apprenticeship: Developing Future Leaders for the Workforce Development Industry” California Workforce Association WorkCon 2017, May 2017.

Babette Jimenez (co-presenter), “Upskilling for a Shared Prosperity: Raising the Floor to Reach the Ladder” California Labor Federation’s Workforce and Economic Development Program 2016 Building Workforce Partnerships Conference, May 2016

Babette Jimenez (co-presenter), “Organize Regionally, Deliver Locally” California Workforce Association 2016 Spring Workforce Development Conference, March 2016

Jenni Murphy, “Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship: Creating Opportunities and Capacity for Staff,” National Association of Workforce Boards, March 2017; Case Study Presentation.

Jenni Murphy, “An Employer of Choice- Innovation in the Employment Life Cycle,” Government Transformation & Innovation 2017, February, 2017; Case Study Presentation.

Jenni Murphy (moderator), “CERF Utilization: Standards, Guidelines, and Best Practices”; CSU Counterparts Conference, October 2016.

Alex Read, “Newcomers Session” Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) West Regional Conference, February 2017.

Alex Read and Hei Fox, “Innovation and Growth through Cooperation & Competition” Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 78th Annual Conference, October 2016.

Alex Read and Hei Fok, “Creating Your Career Niche with Your Strengths” Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 2016 West Regional Conference, February 2016.

Jeremiah Woolsey, Geoffrey Herbert, Jayson Hickie, Darrell Cahail, “Maintaining Accessibility in Interactive Learning Objects.”  Paper presented at the Online Learning Consortium-MERLOT Conference, New Orleans, March 2017.