San Diego Community College District offices. Courtesy of the districk

Two community organizations in southeastern San Diego announced a plan Thursday aimed at helping educate more “disconnected youth” and train them to join the workforce.

Officials with San Diego Continuing Education, the San Diego Community College District’s adult education division, and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation said they hope to nearly double the number of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 taking part in SDCE’s San Diego Gateway to College and Career program.

The Jacobs Center, with help from the James Irvine Foundation, pledged to provide $300,000 to SDCE. The funding will allow the gateway program to add 45 students from southeastern San Diego to the 60 students already enrolled in the program.

Funding from the Jacobs Center will also guarantee each new student a San Diego Promise scholarship, covering tuition and fees for two years of community college and $500 per year for books.

“The Jacobs Center has a history of collaboration with local leaders and organizations in Southeastern San Diego,” said Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones. “This partnership with SDCE will help revitalize the community by creating a clear path and assistance for individuals seeking education and employment.”

SDCE and the San Diego Workforce Partnership introduced the gateway program in 2017. Students in the program participate in a 40-hour college and career readiness course to establish a college and/or career plan. Students who complete a job training certificate while in the program can apply it toward college credit for select college programs at institutions like City, Mesa and Miramar College.

–City News Service

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