Entrance to San Diego Mesa College. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Community colleges and continuing education centers in San Diego and Imperial counties plan to expand their career-education programs throughout the spring 2019 semester, officials announced Wednesday.

San Diego and Imperial county residents can enroll in one of the more than 200 career education programs at colleges in all six of the region’s community college districts. Residents can work toward a career in industries like advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, agriculture technologies and transportation and logistics while in one of the programs, district officials said.

San Diego City and Mesa colleges and San Diego Continuing Education plan to open buildings for students in their career education programs in January. City College will debut its remodeled space for HVAC, electricity, machine technology and manufacturing students while Mesa College plans to open its Center for Business and Technology. SDCE plans to open a career center at its mid-city campus on Fairmount Avenue, which will allow students to decide which industry they want to pursue.

Southwestern College’s math and science building is expected to open some time during the spring semester. The facility includes a rooftop telescope and 15 new science classrooms for students in the school’s life sciences and biotechnology programs.

San Diego and Imperial county residents can learn more about career education programs at local community colleges, which cost $46 per credit, by visiting careered.org. The website was introduced in July in an effort to pair students with the growing middle-skill job market in the two counties.

According to a set of June reports by the San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence, the two counties have more than 40,000 openings for middle- skill jobs and workers.

–City News Service

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