San Diego Community College District offices
San Diego Community College District offices. Courtesy of the district

Adult non-credit educational institution San Diego Continuing Education has officially rebranded, adding the word “college” to its name to better reflect its mission to transition adult students to credit college and careers, it was announced Monday.

The San Diego College of Continuing Education is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District and serves 40,000 students annually at seven campuses in San Diego spanning from Miramar in the north to Barrio Logan in the south. The institution has been serving adult students in San Diego since 1914.

“Adding college to the name of our noncredit instruction immediately elevates community understanding of what SDCCE is and does, plus also clarifies that SDCCE is part of the community college system,” said Constance Carroll, chancellor of San Diego Community College District.

The program is the largest adult noncredit educational institution of its kind in the nation, and its first century of teaching is rooted in serving immigrant populations with basic skills such as learning English as well as serving unemployed populations by preparing adults for the workforce.

“The identity of [SDCCE] has evolved over time and significantly over the past fifteen years, largely as a result of career development and college placement efforts, the direct focus on transitioning students to work or college and also the funding and support for strong workforce programs not only in our region but throughout the state and even the nation,” said Carlos Osvaldo Turner Cortez, president of SDCCE. “[It] is already known statewide as a career college. The programs we now offer look more and more like community college courses, majors, certificates, and pathways.”

According to college district leaders, the decision to change the name was years in the making.

During the organization’s last accreditation review cycle in 2017, the visiting committee interviewed faculty, classified professionals and administrators who work at the institution and reported a name change should be considered to provide better understanding of the organization’s mission.

In December 2020, the college leaders submitted a proposal to the SDCCD Board of Trustees who approved the request. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges also approved the change last month, which became effective Monday.

“The new name, San Diego College of Continuing Education, is a better description of the caliber of noncredit curriculum offerings and highly educated faculty experts who teach for the institution,” said Turner Cortez.

–City News Service

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