Continuing and Professional Education Invites Applications for ‘Build Your Own Career’ Scholarships

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, or CPE, is accepting applications through May 31 for its new “Build Your Own Career” Scholarship, a program aimed at expanding access to CPE’s career enhancing programs.

Susan Catron headshot
Susan Catron

The scholarship is funded by CPE’s Dean’s Innovation Fund.

“Professional education creates opportunity,” Dean Susan Catron said. “Unfortunately, these kinds of applied, career-focused programs and certificates aren’t eligible for financial aid, so students must self-fund their education. The ‘Build Your Own Career’ Scholarship helps ensure that all adults, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to life-changing professional development opportunities.”

Programs eligible for the scholarship span CPE’s online portfolio and reflect the high demand job skills taught by the organization. These include Accounting, Professional Coaching, Land Use and Environmental Planning, UC Davis Executive Leadership Program, Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing, and Python for Data Science.

Prospective students can learn more, view CPE programs that qualify for the scholarship and apply online.

The “Build Your Own Career Scholarship” adds to the list of CPE scholarship opportunities, including the Tapping Potential Fund, which provides diversity-focused, full scholarships to the online Master Brewers Certificate Program, and a forthcoming diversity, equity and inclusion-based winemaking scholarship. Collectively, these programs address CPE’s access mission and align with the division’s diversity, equity and inclusion plan.

Career curriculum

CPE has blended the distinctive academic expertise of UC Davis with practical training for more than 60 years, offering a career curriculum that allows working professionals to refresh and expand their job skills for improved capability and job performance.

With 48,000 annual enrollments in professional, academic and enrichment courses and more than 3 million enrollments on Coursera, CPE serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

John O’Neill is the marketing director for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. He can be reached by email.

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