Development and Entrepreneurship News

Rep. Juan Vargas secures $500,000 in federal funding for College of Continuing education

Six people hold up a giant check for 500,000 dollars outside of the entrance of the Educational Cultural ComplexOn Monday, June 17, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52) visited San Diego College of Continuing Education to present a check for $500,000 for facility improvements at the college’s Educational Cultural Complex.

The $500,000, is part of nearly $2.5 million in funding allocated for the San Diego Community College District in the 2024 federal budget for facilities improvements at College of Continuing Education, Mesa College and Miramar College. 

The funding comes following the severe flooding caused by the January 19-22 winter storm. The historic rainfall overwhelmed storm drains surrounding the Educational Cultural Complex located on Ocean View Blvd., causing flash flooding and the displacement of many families in Southeast San Diego including several College of Continuing Education students and employees.



Congresswoman Sara Jacobs secures $2M in federal funding for the SDCCD

Eight people hold up a giant check for nearly two million dollars. They are outside in a courtyard.

MAY 31, 2024 -- Congresswoman Sara Jacobs visited San Diego Mesa College on Friday, May 31, 2024 to present a check for $1,966,279 to the San Diego Community College District for facilities improvements at the college’s Family Resource Center (FRC) as well as at the Miramar College Police Academy. Rep. Jacobs, whose 51st Congressional District includes both Mesa and Miramar colleges, helped secure the community project funding as part of the FY 2024 federal budget. “The San Diego Community College District plays an indispensable role in our community, helping to educate and prepare our next generation of leaders, address the skills gap for in-demand local jobs, and promote equity,” said Rep. Sara Jacobs. “That’s why I’m so proud to have secured nearly $2 million in federal funds for SDCCD so our students have all the tools and resources they need to succeed at school and in life after graduation. This much-needed funding will help build family-friendly study centers across SDCCD and update Miramar College’s aging School of Public Safety. I’m so excited to see all the good this funding will do to support our students and their dreams.”




Nearly $2.5M in federal funding to help SDCCD finance critical upgrades

A woman sitting down at a table is holding a small child and a children's book

MARCH 12, 2024 -- The San Diego Community College District has secured federal funding totaling nearly $2.5 million to finance critical improvements at the San Diego Miramar College public safety training center, new centers supporting student-parents at the San Diego City, Mesa and Continuing Education campuses, and renovation of the restrooms at San Diego College of Continuing Education’s historic Educational Cultural Complex. Funding was secured through the offices of congressmembers Sara Jacobs and Juan Vargas. “The San Diego Community College District is the largest provider of higher education and workforce training in the region with a $4.5 billion annual economic impact, and I applaud our congressional delegation for recognizing and responding to vital needs and services supporting law enforcement, student-parents and our overall community,” said SDCCD Chancellor Gregory Smith.



$1M grant to expand healthcare career pathways

13 healthcare students in scrubs take a group photo on stairsMARCH 12, 2024 -- San Diego College of Continuing Education has secured a $1-million state grant to work with its regional adult education partners in expanding pathways for English language learners to embark on in-demand healthcare careers. 

The English Language Learner Healthcare Pathway Grant of $1,049,601 is being funded through the Care Economy Workforce Development Package, a $130-million appropriation which health care providers say is desperately needed to help rebuild California’s health care workforce in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some $30 million in funding was available in 2023-24 to develop healthcare-focused vocational pathways for English language learners.