2016 UPCEA West Award Recipients

Awards Plaques

RudyOutstanding Non-Traditional Student Award

Rodolfo “Mr. Rudy” Castillo
College of Continuing Education, Sacramento State


Rodolfo Castillo decided later in life to teach preschool. As an immigrant, he learned English as a second language, served in the U.S. Navy, and survived two cardiovascular surgeries to earn his bachelor’s degree in child development. At 75, he is the oldest graduate in Sacramento State’s Class of 2016.

Outstanding Student

Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award

Agile Development Certificate
Continuum College, University of Washington

University of Washington

In this two-course certificate program, participants do learn Agile, a popular method of delivering top-quality software on schedule through a collaborative, iterative approach. This certificate focuses on examining the key principles of Agile software development, which promote faster release cycles, better deliverables and the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. The participants study specific policies and process improvements that can enhance interactions between developers and project and program managers.

Non Credit

ExcellenceExcellence in Teaching Award

Courtney Stewart
School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Utah State University


Dr. Stewart is a former middle/high school science/math teacher and principal. He received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Utah State University’s Instructional Leadership faculty, he held appointments as associate professor at University of Montana and Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to being a well-respected teacher, he was recently ranked as the third most influential person on campus. Dr. Stewart has previously directed principal academies and consulted for schools developing professional learning communities. He has published works within the areas of school reform, rural education, and online learning.

Excellence in Teaching

Outstanding Credit Program

FlexU Intensive Course Program
Continuing Education & Community Engagement, University of Utah


Continuing Education & Community Engagement partners with the University of Utah’s academic departments to offer an Intensive Course Program (ICP). Students earn a semester’s worth of credit by taking a one-week, face-to-face intensive course, between semesters or during fall/spring break. ICP promotes student retention and helps students graduate sooner.

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