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UC Merced Extension is committed to offering access to quality academic, professional and personal enrichment opportunities in a variety of delivery methods to meet the needs of continuing students, professionals and modern learners.  Extension seeks to inspire an interest in and commitment to lifelong learning by providing innovative and practical education experiences to help people improve their lives and reach their full potential.  UC Merced Extension strives to make research and discovery real and applicable in the daily lives of people in the community and region.


What is Extension?

Extension currently offers access to regular academic courses, noncredit, professional development courses and personal enrichment courses online. Extension will offer face-to-face and blended courses beginning in the summer of 2017.


Extension Support Team

Jill Orcutt

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management

Dean of University Extension

Dean of Summer Session

Jill Orcutt oversees the Offices of Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Students First Center, Summer Session, and Extension.  She earned both her bachelor's degree in Administrative Management and Master's of Arts degree in Higher Education from Central Washington University.  Orcutt has worked in higher education for more than 30 years in a variety of roles.  Her professional experience includes serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at the University of Washington Bothell as well as roles in the Offices of the President, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Internal Auditor, Admissions, Financial Aid, and academic departments at Central Washington University.  Orcutt is a technology consultant for the American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admission Officers (AACRAO).  She is excited to build increased educational opportunities for the San Joaquin Valley through University Extension. | 209-228-4785

Tammy Johnson

Director of University Extension

Director of Summer Session 

Tammy Johnson was born and raised in Merced, and graduated from Merced High School, Merced College and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  After earning a bachelor's degree in history, she lived in Cairo, Egypt before beginning graduate school at UCLA.  Johnson worked for several years as a program manager at UCLA before joining the staff of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced in June 2005.  She transitioned to her position with Summer Session in the Division of Student Affairs in 2012 and to University Extension in 2015.  Having been a part of UC Merced since before the campus opened, Johnson is humbled to have seen and contributed to the progress that’s been made by the faculty, students and staff, who have worked so hard to make UC Merced what it is today.  She has enjoyed building Summer Session and now is committed to building educational opportunities through University Extension for the San Joaquin Valley that engage the public in scholarship and creativity and lead to career advancement. | 209-228-7867