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UCI Division of Continuing Education Awards More Than 1,400 Certificates for the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Students from Multi-Disciplines Honored During Graduation Ceremony

IRVINE, Calif. – June 17, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension issued more than 1,400 certificates of completion for the 2009-2010 academic year during its graduation ceremony on June 16, 2010. Certificates were awarded in 66 categories, which included programs such as Personal Financial Planning, Gifted and Talented Education, Device Software Engineering, Teaching English as a Second Language and Sustainability Leadership.

“Our graduation ceremony illustrates the breadth of what UC Irvine Extension has to offer to our students,” shared Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Dean of Continuing Education at UC Irvine. “As we honor the hard work of our continuing education students, we also celebrate the impact our programs have made both locally, nationally as well as internationally through the accomplishments of our graduates.”

In addition to honoring this year’s graduates, UC Irvine Extension also bestowed additional awards. Volkswagen de Mexico was given the “Partnership Award,” handed out to an organization that has forged an extraordinary educational relationship with UC Irvine Extension. Working with the company, the school’s Corporate Training Program developed a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt and Black Belt training on site in Mexico City. To date, more than 200 Volkswagen de Mexico professionals have completed our Six Sigma Certificate Programs and as a direct result the company has been able to quantify savings of several million dollars.

UC Irvine Extension also awarded three former students with its Alumni Achievement Award. Each recipient has demonstrated how the education and skills gained from a UC Irvine Extension certificate program were applied in a distinctive and notable way. Alejandro Rellan Garcia, a native of Galicia, Spain, came to Irvine through a partnership between UCI Extension and IEDE Business School of Universidad Europea de Madrid. Upon completion of three certificate programs, Garcia was able to secure a position at Zephyr Electric, a wind energy firm in Orange. Rebecca Markman, awarded a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts in 2004, has since started her own antiques and fine art appraisal services. Her company has appraised the property of Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and many other legendary performers. Finally, Christopher Miko, a graduate of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) certificate program, has implemented what he learned in the classroom. By developing creative and challenging hands-on laboratory experiences for his students, their California Standards Test scores in science jumped tremendously—increasing nearly 40 percent.

The final award for the evening, “Student Achievement Award,” was presented to Byron Tuggle. Tuggle demonstrated exceptional improvement in knowledge and skills, completing UC Irvine Extension’s Oracle Data Base Administrator Program at the age of 62.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit