Jacobs Center and James Irvine Foundation partner up to help youths obtain jobs and education

This month, two of the largest community-centered organizations in Southeastern San Diego begin a collaboration that will propel opportunity youth into education and jobs.

Carlos Cortez, Ph.D., SDCE President and Reginald Jones, President and CEO of the Jacob Center for Neighborhood Innovation, dropped by the studio to talk about the new program.

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District and the largest provider of free career training in California. Programs are industry recognized and state approved.

The partnership with Jacobs Center and the James Irvine Foundation will double the number of “disconnected youth” participating in the San Diego Gateway to College and Career program at Continuing Education to complete education and prepare to join the workforce.

These 18-24 year olds are not working and not in school. They need to find their way as young adults.

San Diego Gateway to College and Career provides emotional, social and financial supports beyond the classroom that are necessary for the student to achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

Examples include help with transportation to and from school or work and coordinated paid internships that lead to employment.

SDCE focuses on 6 pillars of success for these students, including food security, housing security and employment security.

The partnership extends the employment security opportunities by helping Gateway offer paid internships to students while they are in school.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation serves as a catalyst for revitalization in Southeastern San Diego. We identify and foster partnerships, like with San Diego Continuing Education, and develop amenities that create a resilient community.

Jacobs Center, with support from the James Irvine Foundation, will provide $300,000 in funding to extend programming for the San Diego Gateway to College and Career program.

Students will be guaranteed a San Diego Promise scholarship, which provides two-year tuition/fees for community college. Plus, the Jacobs Center and James Irvine Foundation will provide up to $500 per year for books.

This allows SDCE’s program to takeover managing a program that Jacobs Center previously created to help disengaged young people train for creative technology careers, like graphic design and web design.

This partnership is a great opportunity for even more students to benefit from SDCE’s comprehensive resources and workforce partnerships.

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