Rising to Success

Rising to Success (R2S) provides supportive and inclusive environments to inspire and empower people, cultivate lifelong learning, create lasting solutions for social justice, and strengthen communities by providing unparalleled access to resources, referrals, and specialized student support services and programs.

Dedicated R2S staff and faculty help students break down barriers to success by increased access to and enrollment support in FREE Career Technical Education (CTE), High School Diploma, and ESL academic programs.

R2S Programs and Services

Back 2 Work Veteran Outreach Program (VOP)

Back 2 Work VOP, a Butte County Office of Education program partnering with SDCE’s R2S, helps Veteran students overcome employment barriers and get them back into the workforce. Veterans served through the program face many challenges in attaining successful, sustainable employment. The program supports eligible Veteran students through work readiness and apprenticeship opportunities.


CalWORKs at San Diego Continuing Education helps students achieve self-sufficiency through education and job training opportunities. Students who receive cash aid are eligible for SDCE’s CalWORKs Program. Our student support services include dedicated case managers and advocates, academic and career counseling, paid work study, job search and placement services, and assistance with reimbursement requests for education and work study costs including but not limited to material fees, mileage, textbooks, transportation, and/or testing fee funding requests with CalWORKs case managers. (619) 388-4933

Outreach Services

Outreach is designed to increase the number of students accessing SDCE academic programs and student services through information workshops, presentations, campus tours, community events, and targeted activities. SDCE Outreach services empower students through increasing access to and awareness of student support services, academic programs and opportunities leading to career, employment, and/or transition pathways. (619) 388-1292

R2S Centers

R2S Centers serve as “hubs” for Rising to Success programs and services designed to increase student success by addressing student needs through cultural, social, and academic approaches. R2S Centers are home multiple programs and provides comprehensive resources and referrals to students and communities at-large. (619) 388-4933

Visit a Rising to Success Center today!

  • Meet R2S staff and faculty
  • Learn more about SDCE and take a campus tour
  • Explore free Career Training Education (CTE) programs
  • Pre-enrollment Services
  • Make a counseling appointment
  • Connect to community services and programs
  • Grab a snack before or after class at one of our mini SDCEats! pantries


Eligible low income and/or homeless students are provided direct retention and support services through PATHWAYS, a learning community model program. With its case management approach, PATHWAYS students enroll in selected FREE career training programs at the Educational Cultural Complex or Cesar Chavez campuses after completing a required SDCE Career & Work Readiness course. PATHWAYS staff provide support and services from pre-enrollment through course completion assisting students with orientation, registration, textbooks, and required equipment or course materials. Academic counseling is provided through Rising to Success and, at course completion, PATHWAYS students are referred to SDCE’s Career & College Transition Centers for job search and placement services. (619) 388-4912

R2S PATHWAYS supports student success! Contact or visit PATHWAYS to:

  • Hear more about SDCE’s PATHWAYS program and services
  • Meet PATHWAYS staff or make an appointment
  • Complete PATHWAYS intake process
  • Be CAREER READY: Earn a certificate that prepares you for a job
  • Access comprehensive job search and placement services
  • Get a jump start on your transition to college at SDCE
  • Access Rising to Success Center services and resources


SDCEats! supports students and the communities SDCE serves that are impacted by food insecurity. In partnership with SDCE’s Foundation, Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Rescue Mission through Partners for Hunger Relief, SDCEats! operates as a choice pantry (pdf) providing food resources for students and staff. Shoppers receive weekly points for use in the on campus choice-style pantry at ECC. SDCEats! Monthly Farm to Family Fair (pdf) provides a resource fair, health fair, and fresh and free produce to students and surrounding communities. (619) 388-4933

SDCEats! Pantry hours
M & W 12:30 to 2:30 pm
T & Th 9 to 11 am & 1 to 3 pm
Friday as staffed
Farm to Family Fair at ECC
First Wednesday of each month
12 pm to 3 pm
Rain or Shine!
farm to family fair event: man distributing potatoes to 2 women
farm to family fair event: man giving a woman a spaghetti squash
farm to family fair event: man giving a man red onions

Visit the Rising 2 Success Centers at the following campuses:

Cesar E. Chavez Campus
Room 122
1901 Main Street
San Diego, CA 92113

Days & Hours
M-Th 8:30 am to 5 pm
Fri 9 am to 4 pm

Educational Cultural Complex
Room 116
4343 Ocean View Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113

Days & Hours
M-Th 8:30 am to 7 pm
Fri 8 am to 4 pm

Mid-City Campus
Room 125
3792 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

Days & Hours
M-Th 8:30 am to 5 pm
Fri 9 am to 4 pm

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.