San Diego Gateway to College and Career

Join Our Community AND...

  • Graduate from high school or pass a high school exit exam
  • Earn a certificate that helps you get a better job
  • Start community college, feeling ready and financially supported
  • Get paid to learn skills and explore career opportunities at a local company
  • Become JOB READY: Know where to find and apply for jobs and ace your interviews

Our team supports your success!

Requirements to participate:

  • 18-24 years old
  • Automatically eligible if you have not finished high school
  • Automatically eligible if you live in any of the following zip codes: 92102, 92105, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92139
  • Looking for a “better” or “career” job
  • Ready to commit time to setting and achieving goals

Get enrolled today!

1.  Attend a mandatory orientation in our Resource Center at ECC, 4343 Ocean View Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92113 in Room #C120:

  • Wednesday, August 28th 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, September 4th 9-10 AM
  • Wednesday, September 4th 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, September 11th 9-10 AM
  • Wednesday, September 11th 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, September 18th 9-10 AM
  • Wednesday, September 18th 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, September 25th 9-10 AM
  • Wednesday, September 25th 3-4 PM

2.  Complete an application

3.  Submit eligibility documentation and enroll in a SDCE education program

4.  Interview with staff

If selected, you will be assigned a coach or "Case Manager" who will meet with you to set goals and make a plan for your future!


  • Visit the Gateway to Opportunity Youth Resource Center at the Educational Cultural Complex to learn more about the program and seek support from staff. It is also home to a student computer lab and has dedicated academic counseling available for students.
  • Monday-Friday 10 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged. Drop-ins are welcome!

Contact Us


P:  619-388-4880


More About the Gateway Program:


Sponsored by San Diego Continuing Education Foundation, we envision empowered young adults able to imagine their possibilities for achieving self- sufficiency and engaging in actions that create emotional, social, and financial sustainability and well-being.


Committed to alleviating youth disconnection, we serve opportunity youth by creating a compassionate educational community that provides individualized and intensive support, wrap around services, guided pathways to college and career, employment driven learning opportunities, and subsidized work experience.

Program Staff

Flora Barron, Program Manager

Semret Hailemariam, Program Coordinator

Anisha Jackson, Case Manager

Victor Gonzalez, Case Manager

Kimberley Ebert, Business Services Representative 


San Diego Gateway to College and Career is partially funded by The San Diego Workforce Partnership, WIOA Title I.  It is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Mission: San Diego Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse adult learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to college. read more ยป