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.

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.

Mon
28
Nov

Women Help Women Move into High-Tech Careers

Women from the social networking group

By Padraig Ryan

They may vary in age and have different personal and professional backgrounds but a team of women who recently completed an intensive six-month computer coding program at Rutgers believes that women need to stick together to move forward in the high-tech industry. 

“Women represent more than half of our population,” said Nancy Lukas, a former teacher who graduated from Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working for more than 20 years as a teacher. “We use technology as much as men and it is crucial for women to be part of the design and implementation of this technology.”

That’s why Nancy and four other women who met at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp decided to create a social networking application called The Loop that they say will offer help and support women in the high-tech industry who want to break into what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.

Mon
28
Nov

Like Son, Like Father: Two Generations Take on Challenge of Coding Bootcamp

Tom & Seth Keel, father and son participants in Rutgers Coding Bootcamp in 2016

By Padraig Ryan

At 61, after a decade away from computer programming, Tom Keel thought his computer coding days were well behind him.

That was until Tom decided to jump back in and follow his son, Seth, to Bootcamp. After reading about the exciting new coding opportunities of the bootcamp-style class his son would be taking, Tom felt a renewed sense of interest in the field and decided to join him. It’s not often that two generations get to experience the same educational opportunity, and it proved to be an exciting challenge for the father and son duo. 

Now both father and son are newly minted graduates of the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working side-by-side for 24 highly intensive weeks to develop skills as “full stack” software coders.

The Keels' story is unusual. They are the only father and son duo out of 375 bootcampers who have gone through the program since it began last fall. 

Unpublished
Tue
11
Oct

From Mechanic to Management in Historic City

Frank Hoffman, Director of Public Works, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Perth Amboy operates the oldest city hall in continuous use in the U.S., and in front of it stands New Jersey’s second-oldest elm tree.

Frank Hoffman leads the 58 public employees who maintain that history for the city’s 50,000 residents — while keeping up 81 roadway miles, 16,000 sanitation truck stops, and 23 parks.

He once only dreamed about the job he holds. While experienced as a mechanic, Hoffman lacked credentials to join management. But he found them at the Center for Government Services, part of Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, where in 2009 he completed the Certified Public Works Manager program.

“I wanted to make myself a better candidate for [public works management] jobs,” recalled Hoffman, who served in the Perth Amboy vehicle bays for 26 years. A Perth Amboy native, he noted, “I paid for everything myself. And I used my own time, and I had to take time off for some of the daytime courses.”

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