Career Development

Fri
28
Jun

Happy Endings for NJ's Unemployed: Grant-Funded Training Courses Provide Practical Skills & New Opportunities

Photo shows students in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School's Three-Week Preparatory Short Course learn about good golf course design in the field from legendary architect, Stephen Kay, at the Rutgers University Golf Course.

The first part of Sergio Sosa’s story is far too familiar: the Union City resident was inches away from earning his Master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers, and was transitioning from full-time student to full-time assistant-in-training at a golf course. Just when he thought everything was falling into place, Sosa was laid off from his job in late 2012.

Yet by March 2013, Sosa (with degree in hand) was gainfully employed as Assistant Superintendent at two popular New York City-owned golf courses.

Sosa credits the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) for helping him get there.

Tue
25
Jun

PSM Entrepreneur Bootcamp

PSM Bootcamp grads

The Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Technology Council, co-sponsored the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on April 23, 2013 at the Busch Campus Student Center.  The intensive day long conference is a "must attend" program for early stage entrepreneurs, individuals seeking to start a technology company, pharmaceutical and IT professionals contemplating a transition. Current PSM students and alumni participated in the program.

Tue
23
Apr

Join Us for Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27

Join Us for Rutgers Day

Play a prize wheel, experience 3-D printing, enter to win a $500 scholarship. These opportunities and more await visitors to the Division of Continuing Studies’ (DoCS) programs at Rutgers Day, this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Rutgers’ New Brunswick Campuses.

Virtual Rutgers: Past Present, Future, and Making Reality in the Busch Campus Center will give visitors the opportunity to experience 3-D printing and game technology for a virtual experience. Meet Rutgers students who are engaged in exciting makerspace projects.

In the Bishop House area on the College Avenue Campus, visit the Summer Session booth to enter a raffle to win a $500 scholarship toward a Summer Session course.

On Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus:

Mon
04
Mar

Zimmerli Art Museum to Celebrate Storytelling in PNC-funded Events for Children, Educators

Len Cabral acting out a story to preschoolers

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral will conduct the Zimmerli Art Museum’s seventh annual Celebration of Storytelling for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21. On March 19, Cabral also will conduct a Preschool Educators Workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Space is limited at both events and registration is required by calling (848) 932-6766 or emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

The Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

The Preschool Educators Workshop is limited to 35 educators. Each participant will receive three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served.

Tue
10
Oct

Video: The Joy of Automata | Rutgers University CMSCE

Teachers building engineering projects in an automata workshop

At Rutgers, K-12 teachers learn the joy of automata, combining engineering, art and storytelling. Automata are creative, handmade machines students build with everyday objects. Discover your inner engineer at an automata workshop at Rutgers University Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education (CMSCE).

Learn more at cmsce.rutgers.edu

Fri
30
Jun

Retired Wall Street Tech Expert Sharpens Skills at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

John Bruno Presenting at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

John Bruno chuckles looking back at the dismal outcome of his first computer course more than 40 years ago.

“It was the only course I ever failed,” Bruno said. “I remember my professor telling me never to go near a computer in my career.”

Luckily, Bruno, 63, didn’t listen. In fact, he aced his subsequent computer tech classes. That opened a 40-year career in information technology, where he helped revolutionize data management on Wall Street. He even taught coding courses at night.

After retiring, Bruno took on a new challenge, to create a regulatory and compliance application and build it himself. Feeling a bit rusty in his coding skills, he enrolled in the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, a six-month intensive program offered by the Division of Continuing Studies.

Tue
30
May

Video: Rutgers Math Teachers' Circle

Teachers solving problems in a circle

At Rutgers, math teachers are looking at problem solving from entirely new angles, and having exponentially more fun in the process. Rutgers Math Teachers' Circle formed as a collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education and the Rutgers Math Department. Learn more about Math Teachers' Circle and other educator workshops at cmsce.rutgers.edu.

Thu
11
May

Become Certified in Government Technology Leadership: Advance Your Career with CGCIO™ Certification

Leadership

Rutgers Center for Government Services has joined forces with Public Technology Institute to offer PTI's highly regarded leadership training program for government technology professionals. Year-long classes that address the most critical issues facing IT leadership in the public sector begin in New Brunswick, N.J., on June 28, 2017, and in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 26, 2017. The deadline to enroll in the east coast program is May 31, with first-come, first-served enrollment capped at 20 seats. Do not delay.

This nationally recognized program is designed to equip technology professionals with the requisite tools to improve their leadership skills so that they may best manage their organizational technology and personnel assets. The program allows graduates to earn one of two coveted designations: Certified Government Chief Information Officer™ or Certified in Government Technology Leadership™.

Fri
02
Dec

Retired Teacher Goes Back to School to Update Tech Skills for New Career

Nancy Lukas presenting at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Nancy Lukas, who retired in 2015 after spending 20 years as a teacher, always loved technology. She was one of the first teachers to have her own website, loved using a SmartBoard and made her fourth grade students create podcasts about important environmental issues.

Still, Nancy, who has always liked a good challenge, never thought this lifelong interest would take her on a totally different career path. That was until her daughter told her about the

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, a six-month intensive program offered by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies that provides the skills needed to become a “full stack” software coder.

“There’s no way I ever pictured myself going in a different direction,” said Nancy, 52, who taught high school, middle school and elementary school students, both English and math. “I imagined teaching for 20 more years but I decided that I had other talents that I needed to explore.”

Thu
01
Dec

Returning to Workforce, Mother Reinvigorates Tech Skills

Cristal King of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Cristal King—who left her job as a programmer and analyst more than a decade ago to take care of her young family—knew she needed to sharpen her skills and learn new computer language in order to get back into the rapidly changing technology job market.

“Before I left, web development wasn’t nearly as advanced and robust as it is now,” said Cristal. “I know how quickly technology changes and I knew that I needed to have the skill-set that goes along with it.”

According to the Harvard Business Review, 90 percent of women who leave their jobs to take care of their family, like Cristal, said they want to reboot their careers and get back into the workforce.

Cristal wasn’t sure exactly where to go to get the training she needed to make this happen. When she first decided that she wanted a job in technology, after working as a sales representative for U.S. Healthcare, she enrolled and graduated from The Chubb Institute. At the time, web development was still in its infancy.

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