A UW CERTIFICATE SCHOLARSHIP ALLOWS A recent u.s. immigrant TO take the next STEP on her career journey and land a job helping the community
A recent immigrant from Kenya, Veronicah Munyao worked as a project architect at the Seattle-based Perkins & Will. Then COVID hit. And Veronicah found herself without a job.
As she started looking for her next opportunity, Veronicah realized she needed something to link her three degrees in architecture from the University of Nairobi and offer her a better understanding of the local market. While searching for what to do next, she found UW Professional & Continuing Education’s certificate programs. However, Veronicah wasn’t sure the certificates alone would solve all her problems.
“I felt I had found a missing link, but since I was between jobs, a little help would go a long way,” she says. During the certificate application process, she read about the UW Certificate Scholarship, applied and was offered an 80% scholarship for the UW Certificate in Project Management.
“Getting the scholarship eased the burden on me,” says Veronicah. “Because of the scholarship, I could pay for my other certificate program, the UW Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, and successfully pursue both certificate programs.”
SETTING HERSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Enrolling in two certificates might sound challenging, but Veronicah realized she could study both programs at the same time while pursuing job opportunities. “I decided to go for two programs based on how I could best utilize my time,” she explains. “Both certificates appealed to me because they would add value to my existing training and tech experience.” (Since 2022, students are no longer allowed to be enrolled in more than one certificate at a time, as we’ve found students are generally more successful when they complete one certificate at a time.)
Veronicah notes she gained new knowledge in the UW Certificate in Commercial Real Estate program. “The certificate gave me a more in-depth understanding of what to expect in a broader way, the history of this area and why we see some different trends in the market,” she says. “We also had guest speakers every other class, which was very helpful for networking, asking questions and walking through hundreds of projects.”
She adds being in a learning environment with other colleagues and professionals from various industries also opened her eyes to different ways of looking at things, an opportunity she wouldn’t have gotten from a work environment.