If you are a resident of North Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, New Cuyama, and surrounding communities), San Luis Obispo, or Kern County, this specially designed and deeply discounted professional training and degree progression initiative is for YOU. Come GROW with us!
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In collaboration with the University of California Office of the President, and supported by a grant from the State of California, UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (UCSB PaCE) has launched GROW, a degree completion and professional development assistance initiative. GROW is exclusively for North Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, and Kern County residents. More information here.

Take Professional courses at 80% off!Take UCSB Courses starting at $245! Free Career Advising

Professional Programs


Please match your interests and career plans with the programs below, and advance your professional journey. Exclusively for GROW participants, our select professional certificate programs will be offered with 80% discount during the current academic year. They will remain online for your convenience. Don't miss this chance to upskill and GROW your future! 

Professional Courses & Certificates

Accountants are necessary for a wide range of industries. Our courses and certificates ensure a successful career in this in-demand field. Learn more.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Start a career in this growing field with courses that are designed to prepare you for the BCBA/BCaBA certification exam. Learn more.

Business Administration

Develop your knowledge of proven practices and strategies in marketing, financial management, operations, negotiation, and business law. Learn more.

Business Communication & Law

Learn to resolve the ethical, social, and legal issues in today’s complex global marketplace with the latest negotiation and conflict management strategies. Learn more.

Business Leadership

Discover how to leverage your own personal leadership style to confidently and effectively lead from an earned position of strength. Learn more.

Child Life

Get ready for a career as a Child Life Specialist, with our courses designed to prepare you for the CCLS certification exam. Take as many (or as few!) courses that you may need to prepare. Learn more.

Cleanroom Training

Our modules provide students with the skills and basic experience through an industry vetted program to prepare them to work in a chip manufacturer’s cleanroom environment. High-tech companies with cleanrooms may send their new hires as part of their extended orientation related to the cleanroom environment. Learn more.

Digital Marketing

Become a successful, high-in-demand digital marketer.  Our certificate curriculum is accredited by the Digital Marketing Institute and the American Marketing Association. Learn more.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Receive the training you need to work as an Emergency Medical Technician, or apply it toward your Pre-Med resume. Learn more.


The hospitality industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world with an annual revenue of over $500 billion. The program is designed for individuals interested in a career in hospitality and hospitality management. Classes are taught by experienced, local professionals. Learn more.

Human Resource Management

Train to become an HR generalist, or develop expertise in various areas such as conflict management, teams and performance management, talent development, and more. Learn more.

Intro to Global Business

Even local businesses have global components. Understand global economics, and learn how to run international marketing campaigns. Learn more.

Management Training for Public Administration

A well-rounded management training program for early and mid-career supervisors (including potential supervisors) in the city and county offices. Learn more.

Paralegal Studies

Jumpstart or advance your career in law offices, government agencies and corporate offices with our American Bar Association (ABA)-approved Paralegal certificate. Learn more.

Project Management

Earn a universal skill-set to plan, lead cross-functional teams and execute projects on time and on budget. With 10% projected job growth for project managers, the time to train is now. Learn more.

Ready to enroll? 
Step 1: Apply for GROW
Step 2: Follow the instructions in this help article to enroll


Progress to your Degree


College graduates see 57 percent more job opportunities than non-graduates.

Eligible GROW participants will be able to access the entire  UCSB course catalog through our Open University program and receive college credits towards their degree. We provide financial support and academic advising. 
Participants will be able to enroll in the UCSB classes without admission to formal degree programs at a discounted fee of $245, pending seat availability.
Ready to enroll? 
Step 1: Apply for GROW
Step 2: Follow the instructions in this help article to enroll

Career Guidance and Advising


Under the GROW program, we are offering customized resources to help you take a step forward in your career goals.  You have a unique opportunity to get help with resumes and interview preparation at no cost to you.  You can also access hundreds of local and statewide jobs through our customized portals.
Ready to enroll? 
Step 1: Apply for GROW
Step 2: Go to our Career Advising Page and follow the instructions for North Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern County Residents

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