UCSD extended studies sees enrollment increase

Enrollment in UC San Diego’s continuing education programs grew 1 percent last year and 44 percent over the past three years, it was announced on Thursday.

A total of 2,706 students began certificate programs through UCSD Extension last year, compared to 2,677 in 2008 and 2,264 in 2007, according to Elizabeth Silva, acting registrar for the university’s continuing education programs.

“For recent and mid-career college graduates facing a still challenging job market and a weak economy, continuing education certificates remain attractive as a way to bridge employment areas that are in higher demand,” Silva said.

UCSD Extension offers 90 certificate programs that range from $1,875 to $3,200.

The top UCSD Extension certificate programs in 2009 were:

  • Accounting;
  • Business Management;
  • Clinical Trials;
  • Copy Editing;
  • Human Resource Management;
  • Paralegal Studies;
  • Project Management;
  • Regulatory Affairs for the Biomedical Industry;
  • Sustainable Business Practices; and
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language.