Gateway to College and Career for Immigrants, Refugees and English Language Learners

San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDG2CC) supports the community by building pathways for disconnected youth to earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency; connections to employment and internship opportunities; an Apprenticeship Readiness Program, and support to transition to college.

Students who have previously withdrawn from high school due to life circumstances are encouraged to apply and complete a high school diploma (HSD) or high school equivalency (HSE) in a college-based program while simultaneously earning college-level skills that lead to postsecondary certificates. SDG2CC connects students to the community to ensure they are college prepared and career ready.

SDG2CC students thrive in the program and community partners who support SDG2CCC receive regular updates about the success of students in the program.


Sponsored by the 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.

Visit the SDG2CC Opportunity Youth Resource Center at the Educational Cultural Complex link to campus info or put the photo and address, location link as you did on CCTC but only for ECC to learn more about the program and seek support from staff. The Center has a student computer lab and dedicated academic counseling available for students.

San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDG2CC) Program Participation Requirements:

  • 18-24 years old
  • Complete an eligibility assessment
  • Meet with a caseworker
  • Attend orientations
  • Complete San Diego Continuing Education’s College and Career Readiness course
  • Commit to setting and achieving goals

Note: Potential students can automatically meet eligibility requirements if you have not finished high school or if you live in any of the following ZIP codes: 92102, 92105, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92139

Looking for a better job? Looking for a career?

  • Join the SDG2CC community
  • Graduate from high school or pass the high school equivalency (HSE) or GED
  • Earn a job training certificate that supports your employment goals
  • Prepare to start college, feeling ready and financially supported
  • Explore career opportunities and achieve workplace skills in paid internships with local companies
  • Become college prepared and career ready with career services that help you to find, apply and interview for jobs

After completion of our program, SDG2CC will help you become part of the Promise Program as you transition to college.

The SDG2CC Program team is here to support your success!


In an effort to provide students with a safe environment, orientations for the San Diego Gateway to College and Careers program will be conducted through remote means. Orientation dates for the Fall 2020 will follow soon.


In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and keeping our students and staff safe, we are unable to conduct face-face services at this time. However, we are dedicated to supporting you in preparation for educational opportunities, employment and job search activities and supportive services. Therefore, until further notice we will be available to communicate with you through email and by phone. We thank you in advance for your patience and look forward to working with you through this uncertain time.

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Mission: San Diego College of Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing tuition-free, accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to credit college. Read more about the SDCCE mission »