Continuing Education welcomes back students, expands career training

June 6, 2019 | Allura Garis - San Diego Continuing Education

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 3, 2019.  

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.

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.

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 3. Some programs require students to attend an introductory class meeting during the first week of classes. Learn more at

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