San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). As the largest provider of noncredit education in California, SDCE’s mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and career training to adult students. SDCE has offered free career training and classes continuously for more than 100 years.
Founded in 1914 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, SDCE welcomes every immigrant, refugee and underserved population to fulfil educational goals. At SDCE, adult students find a fun and positive learning environment for every skill level. Students come from across 50 states and from 159 foreign countries, to learn in more than 70 free career training programs and in thousands of free classes. In addition to a traditional schedule of fall, spring and summer semesters, many programs enroll year-round in an open-entry, open-exit format and offer classes in the evenings, weekends and online allowing students to pursue higher education or career training while maintaining other responsibilities and active lives.
SDCE’s short-term free career training programs include areas within Business, Accounting/Business Information Worker, Automotive, Child Development, Computers and Information Technology, Digital Media, Culinary, Fashion, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Healthcare, Plumbing, Upholstery and Welding. Additional free classes include High School Diploma/Equivalency, English as Second Language, and Emeritus (classes with instruction focused for age 55+). Programs are available at seven campuses in San Diego from the Barrio Logan community in the south, to Miramar in the north. Students also attend classes at over 200 community locations.
SDCE was one of the first community college continuing education institutions in California to meet the standards for independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Noncredit classes are free because SDCE is part of the California system of higher education.
Transitioning Students to Careers and College
Students attend classes for many reasons: some are returning to education to complete high school diplomas or equivalencies after being away from school for years, and SDCE helps them succeed and in many cases, transition to continue higher education. Professionals including doctors, lawyers and engineers can be found in computer labs learning advanced software applications, or the latest trends in media technology to help them excel in a current job. Thousands of adults are in hands-on environments learning a new trade or preparing to enter the workforce.
Dedicated Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff are at the heart of SDCE. Each is dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment for student success. Faculty experts come from around the globe, bringing with them real-world diversity, experience and top academic credentials including Masters and Doctorate degrees. SDCE administrators, faculty and staff have thousands of years of combined experience in adult education. The commitment to organizational success and student achievement results in SDCE faculty and staff being recognized locally and nationally.
SDCE works closely with the community to build a successful future for adults in San Diego. Collaborations and partnerships leverage resources, and make communities stronger. SDCE is proud to be part of a teamwork approach to building regional success and have many examples of leadership from organizations in San Diego.
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