> San Diego Continuing Education SDCE

The adult education division of the San Diego Community College District

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.

SDCE’s free career training programs include areas within priority workforce sectors such as Automotive, Skilled and Technical Trades, Business and Accounting, Digital Media, Information Technology, Healthcare, Child Development, Fashion, Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Additional free courses include High School Diploma/Equivalency, English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, and Emeritus for adults age 55+. Classes are available at seven campuses in San Diego from Barrio Logan in the south to Miramar in the north.

SDCE’s Educational Cultural Complex (ECC), the institution’s flagship campus has been a symbol of community and African American activism since its beginnings in 1972. Many significant events have ties to ECC, including the California Commission to establish Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday and performances by Civil Rights leader Coretta Scott King, awardwinning artist and humanitarian Stevie Wonder, and Civil Rights activist and American poet Maya Angelou.

SDCE received numerous first place awards during San Diego’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. A steel cut bust of Dr. King designed by SDCE’s welding students for the parade has been inaugurated into the Broadway Heights neighborhood promenade.

SDCE’s Historic Preservation Committee will negotiate with the city and state officials to have ECC named as a Civil Rights Landmark Designation. “The inclusion of ECC as a national landmark is important because out of the thousands of landmarks in San Diego ethnic and minority groups are often not truly represented,” said Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President of SDCE.

Inside SDCE’s Citizenship classrooms are American flags and even larger American dreams. Since 1914 SDCE has supported immigrants, refugees, and undocumented students to rebuild or create lives in the United States through free Citizenship and ESL classes.

SDCE’s Digital Media program opens a world of possibilities for those with a passion for creativity and design. SDCE’s rigorous curriculum encourages students to develop skills in motion graphics, video production, content management, developing and designing websites and mobile applications.

SDCE’s Business and Accounting program prepares tomorrow’s entrepreneurs to cultivate key business practices in economics, accounting and marketing, with a primary focus on critical thinking and analytical skills.

“A student’s academic success can be tied to the support available to them beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Turner Cortez, who was appointed to lead SDCE in 2014 and since then has established the school’s Seven Pillars of Student Success to improve opportunities for students who traditionally face inequity in education: Employment Security » Food Security » Housing Security » Transportation Security » Financial Literacy » Textbook and Course Material Affordability » Intellectual and Emotional Security.

SDCE focuses on the Seven Pillars through strategic partnership growth, access to academic achievement, and workforce development. Community collaborations include the implementation of SDCE’s Farm to Family Fair and San Diego Gateway to College and Career program. Farm to Family Fair is a free public fresh food distribution for students and the Southeastern San Diego community. SDCE has the only Gateway-model in the nation that includes one to one case management and experiential learning with paid work experience.

SDCE was named Entrepreneurial College of the Year by the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship in 2019. SDCE continues to scale innovative learning through a fully online educational  program, ICOM Academy (Interactive Competency-based Online Micro-credentialing Academy).

SDCE is part of the award-winning San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). Many students achieve a high school diploma and/or career training certificate at SDCE and then transition to a SDCCD college, City, Mesa or Mirama.

San Diego Continuing Education

4343 Ocean View Boulevard San Diego, CA 92113-1915

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