Preparing students for the future

We are all focused on preparing our students for the future.

Since joining the UCSC Silicon Valley campus community in 2018, I have been meeting with many of the key stakeholders at UCSC Extension—our students, instructors, advisory boards, and staff. I want to thank you for sharing your insights and opinions with me. 

What’s going to get our students future ready? 

We are all focused on preparing our students for the future. U.S. News and World Report affirmed our commitment to student success recently by ranking UC Santa Cruz the second best university in the country for social mobility. It’s an acknowledgement that encourages us to do more of what is our primary mission—have a lifelong impact on our students.

This means constantly renovating our curriculum and hosting a wide variety of professional networking events at the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus. Whether it’s Python for Programmers or Technology Impacts in the Supply Chain, we’re constantly asking the question: What’s going to get our students future ready? 

Our Silicon Valley community

In a recent interview with the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP, I talked about how important it is to be part of the community we’re serving and to see ourselves as your partner in career success. A tremendous family of instructors and volunteer certificate program advisors generously share their skills, their experience and their professional network. They strengthen our offerings with industry-aligned curriculum. 

We are here to make a difference. We are here to improve the career outlook for our students and prepare them for the thriving industries that need them the most. Rather than focusing on the latest and greatest, which could be a passing fad, we promote what is tried and tested. We focus on the pragmatic and the practical. And, we’re constantly striving to do better. 

I hope to see you or hear from you soon and continue our conversation in the coming months. 

Until then,

P.K. Agarwal
Dean, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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