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UCI Division of Continuing Education Appoints Leigh Poirier As Program Director For the New Uci+One Program

Academic and Student Affairs Expert to Lead New Program Designed For UCI Undergraduate Alumni

IRVINE, Calif. – June 23, 2016 – University of California, Irvine Extension, the continuing education unit of UC Irvine, has announced the appointment of Leigh Poirier as the program director of UCI+One. The new program is designed to prepare undergraduate alumni for life after graduation, which includes preparation for future career choices, guidance in applying for graduate schools and internships, getting started in areas of public service and how to pursue meaningful post-graduate travel. As program director, Poirier, along with her team will oversee the program’s success to ensure UCI undergraduates continue to pursue long-lasting impacts beyond school.

“Having worked at UC Irvine for more than a decade and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students for more than 20 years, Poirier’s extensive experience makes her the perfect candidate to lead the new UCI+One program,” said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. “In order to maximize our students’ experience at UCI and to help foster their success after college, the University continues to extend help and guidance through programs such as UCI+One.”

Poirier has been the director of the UCI Graduate Resource Center and a faculty member at Orange Coast College. In addition, she’s also participated as associated director and interim director of the UCI Health Education Center. Poirier received a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Plymouth State University.

The UCI+One program is launching this Fall with enrollment starting around late July. For more information, contact Leigh Poirier at 949-824-3983 or at

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