Former Coleman University students exploring their educational options following the college’s collapse can receive free academic and financial counseling during an August 16 resource fair at San Diego Mesa College.
The event, sponsored by the San Diego Community College District, is set for 5 to 6 p.m. at the San Diego Continuing Education Building, Room 118 at Mesa College (7350 Armstrong Place, San Diego, 92111).
San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, along with San Diego Continuing Education, are opening their doors to the estimated 200 Coleman University students who have been adversely affected by the private, nonprofit vocational school’s abrupt closure after it was unable to secure reaccreditation.
The district offers more than 500 degree and certificate programs, many of them similar to what Coleman University was offering including cybersecurity, health information technology, management and team building, information technology management, computer sciences, and small business management. At $46 per unit, community college tuition is a fraction of the cost at schools such as Coleman University.
While the San Diego Community College District only accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions, and while Coleman University was not regionally accredited, other options may be available, district officials say.
“The San Diego Community College District is doing everything it can to get former Coleman University students back on track and on their way toward securing a certificate or a degree,” said Lynn Neault, SDCCD's vice chancellor of student services.
At the August 16 resource fair, attendees will have access to information on financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and academic program alternatives including a number of online classes that are available when the fall semester begins August 20.