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Doubling her salary with Oregon State’s Technical Writing Certificate

September 9, 2022
April Ponto was unhappy in her job. She had two Masters degrees and her Chicago-based publishing job relied on her knowledge of French, ancient Greek, and ancient Hebrew, but she could barely cover her basic living expenses. Eventually she hit a crisis point and started looking for jobs in adjacent fields and stumbled upon technical writing. She then enrolled in the Technical Writing Certificate.

Learning to Code: Building a Career by Learning Web Design

August 27, 2018
Leicie Piscitelli is resilient. Completely on her own at age 17, she worked retail jobs to support herself while finishing high school. Her father died when she was 16, forcing her from her homeschooled background into the public-school system.

What Is Authentic Leadership? A Conversation with Dean Newlund

August 15, 2018
This conversation with Dean Newlund covers leadership insights based on his years of experience as a leadership expert and trainer for large organizations. Dean is CEO of Mission Facilitators International, a 25-year-old boutique team-based development firm with offices in Phoenix and Bend. He has developed and facilitated hundreds of training programs for small to large organizations, for-profit.

Project Management Insights with Laszlo Retfalvi

August 1, 2018
Laszlo Retfalvi leads Oregon State University's online Project Management Certificate program. Laszlo is founder and general manager of Retfalvi and Associates and author of "The Power of Project Management Leadership: Your Guide on How to Achieve Outstanding Results". Laszlo's background includes extensive project management experience, including leadership positions at General Dynamics and.

From Wall Street to Main Street

August 1, 2018
After a career on Wall Street, Marianne Cicala wanted to give back. When she began building the first organic farm in her rural Virginia community, she turned to Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education for online training in sustainable landscape design.

Embracing Career Change

May 24, 2018
For most of us, losing our job is a terrifying prospect. For Maria Novak, it became a great opportunity. Maria spent her career in marketing positions across a variety of industries, including over ten years in her most recent position. When the company relocated, she considered her options and where she could go next. After some deliberation, and time as an independent consultant, Maria decided.

The Importance of Writing in the Workplace

December 21, 2017
  Writing well is one of those skills that can help you rise above in your career, no matter what you do. When done well, strong writing almost falls into the background as your information is seamlessly delivered to your audience. On the flip side, poor writing is immediately recognized and can damage your standing. We've all received an email, for example, that had the opposite effect that the.

Social Skills Training at PACE

December 21, 2017
Sometimes here at Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) we get a course that’s so interesting and innovative that we can’t resist taking it ourselves. Such was the case with our recent Developing Emotionally Intelligent Communication Skills course. 

From Dentistry to Winemaking

October 20, 2017
Brandon Moss entered Oregon State University with the long-term plan to become a dentist. Now, ten years later, he is co-winemaker at Gramercy Cellars, a consistently top-ranked winery in Walla Walla, Washington.

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