Education for the Emerging Global Village

Serving the Needs of Students at All Levels

One in seven freshmen entering UCSC is from Silicon Valley, including 495 new students in fall 2010, and 514 new students in fall 2011. In addition, UC Santa Cruz offers courses and programs in Silicon Valley for gradu­ate students and professionals.

Jack Baskin School of Engineering

UCSC’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering conducts education, train­ing, and career-development programs at the UCSC Silicon Valley Center in Santa Clara. This includes the newly launched M.S. Degree in Technology and Information Management, plus planned M.S. Degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  These new programs focus on preparing Silicon Valley professionals in the areas of engineering, technology and management.   

Executive, Professional, and Adult Education

UCSC Extension Silicon Valley offers state-of-the-art courses and continuing education to more than 12,000 students per year. More than 40 programs, includ­ing many online courses, are designed for the high-tech, green, and sustainable busi­ness practices that epitomize Silicon Valley. UCSC Extension courses meld UCSC’s academic excellence with real-world experi­ence. Programs include project manage­ment, clinical trials, financial planning, biosciences, and hardware and software engineering.

STEM Initiatives to Meet the Needs of the State

The Collaborative for Higher Education works to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at all levels with projects such as the Collaborative Teacher Institute, which provides professional develop­ment in science and math for elementary school teachers. UC Santa Cruz partners with San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges in the collaborative to educate the workforce of the future.

K–12 Initiatives

UCSC's Educational Partnership Center works to increase access to higher education and build a college-going culture for K–12 students from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Programs include the Silicon Valley College Success Scholarship Program, which awarded $140,000 to 76 college-bound, financially disadvantaged seniors in 2007 in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.