EastBay Today

Posted September 29, 2017

Special Coverage

San Francisco Chronicle features SVAcademy fellow and business graduate Sheena Lyons

Cal State East Bay business graduate Sheena Lyons wanted a fast-paced career, potentially in the tech world — but she had no relevant job experience. Through the university's Office of Career & Professional Development in the College of Business and Economics, Lyons was placed in a 15-month fellowship with a Bay Area startup called SVAcademy, whose mission is to increase diversity in the tech sector through high-paying business development and sales positions. 

In a feature story in the San Francisco Chronicle, Lyons shared her experience working with the company, including news of accepting a job that pays well over the median starting salary for students with similar degrees. 

The article also profiled the founder of SVAcademy, Rahim Fazal, who offered information about the training fellows are offered in social-emotional interactions, technical sales and business methodologies strategies. Fazal also talked about the companies — Salesforce, Box, Yelp — he's partnering with to help them get hired.

According to Travis Nelson, manager of CBE's Office of Career & Professional Development at Cal State East Bay, it's a relationship the university and SVAcademy both want to continue. 

"Sheena was one of two students we placed with SVAcademy last year and we're really excited about her results," Nelson said. "SVAcademy is interested in opening up more opportunities specifically for Cal State East Bay students in the near future and we hope the relationship continues to grow and benefit our graduates and companies in the region."