Renowned for creating innovative lifelong learning programs with a national standard of excellence, UCLA Extension has been serving adult and young learners throughout Southern California since 1917. Each year, its 4,500 courses, conference, and unique educational programs link 60,000 students of diverse backgrounds to enhanced career, academic, and personal growth opportunities through lifelong learning.
In keeping with our mission of public service, UCLA Extension also provides public outreach to groups typically underserved by traditional education programs. Its longstanding goal is to connect new generations of adult learners to the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to transform their futures.
Eric Latham, Executive Director
Eric joined UCLA Extension in 2006 as the founding director of Pathway. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and post-graduate studies in Special Education from the University of Oregon. In 2006, Eric received his Masters in Public Administration, with a unique specialization focusing on the administration of programs for populations with disabilities from the University of LaVerne.
As Executive Director, Eric oversees all aspects of Pathway’s development and operations.
Jessica Broutt, Program Manager
Jessica comes to Pathway from the world of arts education. Most recently, Jessica served as the Educational Programs Manager for Outfest, the leading organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by telling stories on screen. Jessica’s work primarily focuses on creating access in education. She created and continues to produce Rapid Dev, a play series at the Fountain Theatre where she develops new work with young playwrights.
As the Program Manager to Pathway, Jessica oversees all day-to-day operations, and supervises Pathway administrative, instructional, and volunteer staff. She will also be assisting with program design to ensure the ongoing successes and evolution of postsecondary education and employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
Wendy Abarca, Student, Outreach & Alumni Coordinator
Wendy first joined Pathway in 2006 as a Teaching Assistant before joining the administrative team. Wendy has worked with teenagers and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities for over 11 years. She obtained her bachelor’s of science degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
As the Student, Outreach & Alumni Coordinator, Wendy provides academic advising to a select group of students, and is the face of Pathway out in the community. She will also be developing Pathway’s alumni network for the provision of resources, research and development of Pathway’s ongoing evolution. As a certified instructor of both CPR and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Wendy also assists in training Pathway staff in safety procedures.
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