If you are a resident of Northern Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buelton, Solvang, New Cuyama, and surrounding communities) then this specially designed and deeply discounted professional training and degree progression initiative is for YOU: GROW WITH US!


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In collaboration with the University of California Office of the President, and with a grant from the State of California, UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (UCSB PaCE) has launched a degree completion and professional development assistance initiative exclusively for North Santa Barbara county residents. 


Our goal is to improve North Central Coast’s access to the University, easing the transition to UC degree programs with regional satellite course options, primarily targeting transfer-eligible students from junior colleges and/or people with some prior college experience that are interested in re-engaging with the University.

Further, In close partnership with the local government, the business community, and other regional institutions., we are also aiming to expand professional education targeting specific unmet needs of the Northern Santa Barbara County region, from Business Management to Information Technology, Healthcare, and more...

You can GROW with us in any or all of the three ways:

  • Access to a wealth of professional courses at a discounted price
  • Access to UCSB Courses through our Open University Program at a discounted price
  • Access to Career Counseling and Advising at no cost

You can do all this without having to come all the way to Santa Barbara if you so choose.  Most everything that’s available on campus through us, we are also making it available online for you. You can choose how to want to finish your degree or get your professional training.  We look forward to having you as our student! 

Bob York,
Dean, Professional and Continuing Education 
University of California, Santa Barbara


Professional Courses

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 academic year 2021-22. They will remain online for your convenience. Don't miss this chance to upskill yourself. 

Ready to enroll? Apply here.
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Accountants are necessary in a diverse array of fields and industries. Become one with our courses and certificates, and make a successful career transition.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Start a career in the growing field of Applied Behavior Analysis with our FULLY ONLINE courses that are designed to prepare you for the BCBA/BCaBA certification exam. 

Business Administration

Develop your knowledge of proven practices and strategies in marketing, financial management, operations, negotiation, and business law for a successful managerial career.

Business Communication & Law

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

Business Leadership

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

Child Life

Get ready for a career as a Child Life specialist. Our FULLY ONLINE courses are designed to prepare you for the CCLS certification exam. Take as many or as little courses needed to get ready for the certification exam.

Digital Marketing

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

Emergency Medical Technician

Get skills and knowledge to start working as an Emergency Medical Technician, or apply them toward your Pre-Med resume.

Human Resource Management

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

Intro to Global Business

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

Paralegal Studies

Jump start or advance your career in the law offices, government agencies and corporate offices with our American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal certificate.

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 is ripe to get trained with our certificate.


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 and receive college credits towards their degree. We provide financial support and advising. Coming Winter 2022.

Career Guidance and Advising

We are developing a customized career counseling program for SB North County. Please let us know if you want to be notified when we are ready to launch.