Irvine mom Kimberly Goh used UCI’s Division of Continuing Education, which offers over 80 certificate programs, to help re-enter the job market.

Register now for UC Irvine Continuing Education

by TOM BERG

If you’re looking for a promotion or career change, consider a boost from the No. 8-ranked public university in America – UC Irvine.

Its Division of Continuing Education offers over 80 certificate programs in fields that include business, law, health care, finance, life sciences and technology.

Irvine mom Kimberly Goh calls the program “a real turning point in my life.”

After pausing her career to raise a family, she got a certificate in eLearning Instructional Design.

“I had a computer-science degree and experience, but I needed to refresh my skills,” she says. “Now I’m designing interactive videos for corporate clients.”

Learn at your own pace

Most courses are offered online, which allows students to earn a certificate at their own pace.

It also provides an economical alternative to a master’s degree. Most certificate programs run under $3,000, with individual courses generally costing $500 to $700.

“We provide the opportunity to take courses that will better your professional and personal life,” says Dr. Gary W. Matkin, dean of the Division of Continuing Education.

Most certificate programs run under $3,000, with individual courses generally costing $500 to $700.

Taught by industry leaders

Most instructors are industry leaders, including authors, marketing directors and even professionals at Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine headquarters.

Many students are accomplished, as well. Children’s author Sheri Fink took UCI’s marketing program a few years ago to seek help in marketing her books. Since then, her book “The Little Rose” became a No. 1 Amazon bestseller for over 60 weeks, and she became a leading inspirational speaker.

To learn more, visit www.ce.uci.edu.