This fall adults 18 and older can go back to school to finish their high school diploma online or to change careers. San Diego Continuing Education offers more than 70 free career training programs in priority workforce sectors. Classes begin Tuesday, September 4.
SDCE has served San Diego’s adult learners since 1914 and has an annual enrollment of more than 40,000 students. This year the institution is introducing expanded programming in all areas.
“SDCE has more than doubled the number of distance education courses offered over the past three years and continue to grow this area of programming to meet the needs of adult students who need flexibility with education,” said Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., president of SDCE. Dr. Turner Cortez was appointed to lead SDCE in 2014 and since then it has been his vision to engage with all local first-generation and low-income students and groups who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
Adult students who need more options outside of a traditional high school schedule can enroll in free online classes as part of SDCE's Online Accelerated High School Program. Students work from home and can earn one credit in as little as 6-weeks. "A traditional semester is 18 weeks and that seems to result in a higher attrition rate in adult education. On the other hand, students come to SDCE because they like the structure. It's a definitive six weeks. They know when they will graduate," said Holly Rodriguez, SDCE faculty.
SDCE has joined forces with San Diego and Imperial County colleges and noncredit programs in a statewide campaign, Learn More Earn More, to connect more adult learners to middle-skill jobs in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Construction and Utilities, Health and Information and Communication Technologies.
Free career training programs, English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes are scheduled mornings, evenings and weekends at SDCE’s 7 campuses across San Diego communities from Barrio Logan to Miramar. Free 24-week Welding and 36-week Automotive programs take place at SDCE’s flagship campus, the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) in Mountain View.
Beginning September 4, ECC will open its new kitchen doors for aspiring hospitality students. The free Culinary and Bakeshop academy will feature state of the art equipment and technology for hands-on learning. Students will have the opportunity to study under classically trained Johnson and Wales University Chef, Mark Brewington. Prior to SDCE Brewington managed the culinary program for Sur La Table in San Diego.
SDCE’s Healthcare Careers, Clothing Construction and Small Business planning career training certificate programs will expand to the institution's Mid-City Campus (MCC) on Fairmont Avenue.
SDCE will offer four new programs and services to support students with disabilities to help them reach their academic and career goals. The Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) classes will include Assertion Training, Food Preparation Basics, Personal Assessment and Social Skills.
President Turner Cortez notes, “This fall, SDCEats! will launch its grand-opening of a free farmers market. SDCE students and their families will have access to free fresh produce on campus once a month beginning December 5.” Students who need immediate nourishment can access SDCEats! food pantry at the ECC campus in between classes for quick energy. The program is part of a larger mission to help students fight food insecurity and other barriers preventing them to be successful inside and beyond the classroom.
Young adults who are ages 18-24 that are not in school nor working can apply to enroll in SDCE’s San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDG2CC) program. SDG2CC provides students with individual case managers and paid internship placement while they attend school and finish their high school diploma or prepare for college or career.
SDCE is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District. Select SDCE career training programs are eligible for credit toward a 2-year degree at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges.
Free fall classes begin September 4. Some programs require students to attend an introductory class meeting during the first week of classes. Learn more at sdce.edu.