We invest in student success in and out of the classroom. Flexible coursework and meetings allow you to acquire technology skills in high-demand occupations while maintaining your current job. By the end of 15 months, you’ll earn two technical certificates: a core certificate from UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies and a Google Career Certificate. With 1-on-1 support from a dedicated career navigator, you’ll be ready to launch your new career in technology.

You’ll pay $0 upfront to earn your certificates, receive personalized career-readiness training and invitations to exclusive workshops, plus access to our network of employer partners to help you land a job upon program completion. You will also have the chance to access 150 hours of paid work experience and receive personal mentoring from an industry professional.


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Trial Period

Not sure if a tech career is right for you? You can try the coursework for the first four weeks to see if the full 15-month program is a good fit. If you decide not to continue, no costs are incurred and no repayment is required.


Applications to this program are currently closed and will re-open in late fall 2022. To learn more about the program and the certificates offered, complete the interest form.


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Questions? Review our FAQs below or join our upcoming info session on October 13 for more information. If you can’t join the next info session, watch our pre-recorded info session to learn if this program is right for you.


Looking for more personalized support? Email hello@workforce.org and we’ll follow up with you within one business day.



Certificate Programs and Career Pathways

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Business Intelligence Ai

 

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Business Intelligence Analysis certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Data analysts make sense of data and numbers to help organizations make better business decisions. They prepare, process, analyze and visualize data, discovering patterns and trends and answering key questions along the way. Their work empowers their wider team to make better business decisions.

Relevant Jobs: Business intelligence analyst, data analyst, billing analyst, finance analyst, operations analyst, data technician, marketing analyst 

Skills & Software You Will Learn:

Extended Studies
Google
  • SQL
  • Data types and structures
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Data analysis
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • SQL
  • Database design and data warehousing
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Electives: Programming
  • Tableau and data visualization
 
  • R Programming & RStudio
 
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 Quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Digital Marketing Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Digital Marketing certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Digital marketing connects people to brands and products online. People with careers in this field use display advertising, email, search engines and other online channels to attract and engage customers, encourage them to make purchases and build customer loyalty. In addition to creating marketing content and designing campaigns, digital marketers also require a strong analytical skillset to interpret customer trends and use data to solve business problems.   

Relevant Jobs: Marketing coordinator, digital marketing associate, marketing analyst, e-commerce associate, digital media specialist, email marketing specialist, online marketing specialist, content marketing coordinator, search engine optimization specialist, paid search specialist  

Software & Skills You Will Learn:

Extended Studies
Google
  • Digital marketing strategies and campaigns
  • Data types and structures
  • Content marketing and creation
  • Data analysis
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • SQL
  • Search engine marketing*
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Social media*
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • Digital marketing analytics
  • R Programming & RStudio
 
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Front End Development Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Front-end Development certificate here and the Google UX Design certificate here.

Career Path Overview:

Front-end developers code in languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to develop websites and applications that users interact with. Front-end developers create the interface that shapes what an element of a website does and what it looks like. They also need to learn basic user experience principles to work effectively with designers.

Relevant Jobs: Front-end developer, front-end engineer, junior web developer, web designer, UI designer, interaction designer, junior UX designer

Software & Skills You Will Learn: 

Extended Studies
Google
  • HTML5
  • Personas, user stories and user journey maps
  • CSS3
  • Usability studies
  • JavaScript (React.js) and jQuery
  • Wireframes and prototypes
  • Web development project management
  • Testing and iterating on design
 
  • Figma and Adobe XD

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Business Intelligence Ai

 

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Business Intelligence Analysis certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Data analysts make sense of data and numbers to help organizations make better business decisions. They prepare, process, analyze and visualize data, discovering patterns and trends and answering key questions along the way. Their work empowers their wider team to make better business decisions.

Relevant Jobs: Business intelligence analyst, data analyst, billing analyst, finance analyst, operations analyst, data technician, marketing analyst 

Skills & Software You Will Learn:

Extended Studies
Google
  • SQL
  • Data types and structures
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Data analysis
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • SQL
  • Database design and data warehousing
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Electives: Programming
  • Tableau and data visualization
 
  • R Programming & RStudio
 
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 Quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Digital Marketing Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Digital Marketing certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Digital marketing connects people to brands and products online. People with careers in this field use display advertising, email, search engines and other online channels to attract and engage customers, encourage them to make purchases and build customer loyalty. In addition to creating marketing content and designing campaigns, digital marketers also require a strong analytical skillset to interpret customer trends and use data to solve business problems.   

Relevant Jobs: Marketing coordinator, digital marketing associate, marketing analyst, e-commerce associate, digital media specialist, email marketing specialist, online marketing specialist, content marketing coordinator, search engine optimization specialist, paid search specialist  

Software & Skills You Will Learn:

Extended Studies
Google
  • Digital marketing strategies and campaigns
  • Data types and structures
  • Content marketing and creation
  • Data analysis
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • SQL
  • Search engine marketing*
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Social media*
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • Digital marketing analytics
  • R Programming & RStudio
 
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Front End Development Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Front-end Development certificate here and the Google UX Design certificate here.

Career Path Overview:

Front-end developers code in languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to develop websites and applications that users interact with. Front-end developers create the interface that shapes what an element of a website does and what it looks like. They also need to learn basic user experience principles to work effectively with designers.

Relevant Jobs: Front-end developer, front-end engineer, junior web developer, web designer, UI designer, interaction designer, junior UX designer

Software & Skills You Will Learn: 

Extended Studies
Google
  • HTML5
  • Personas, user stories and user journey maps
  • CSS3
  • Usability studies
  • JavaScript (React.js) and jQuery
  • Wireframes and prototypes
  • Web development project management
  • Testing and iterating on design
 
  • Figma and Adobe XD

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Business Intelligence Ai

 

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Business Intelligence Analysis certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Data analysts make sense of data and numbers to help organizations make better business decisions. They prepare, process, analyze and visualize data, discovering patterns and trends and answering key questions along the way. Their work empowers their wider team to make better business decisions.

Relevant Jobs: Business intelligence analyst, data analyst, billing analyst, finance analyst, operations analyst, data technician, marketing analyst 

Skills & Software You Will Learn:

Extended Studies

  • SQL
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • Database design and data warehousing
  • Electives: Programming

Google

  • Data types and structures
  • Data analysis
  • SQL
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • R Programming & RStudio
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 Quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Digital Marketing Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Digital Marketing certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Digital marketing connects people to brands and products online. People with careers in this field use display advertising, email, search engines and other online channels to attract and engage customers, encourage them to make purchases and build customer loyalty. In addition to creating marketing content and designing campaigns, digital marketers also require a strong analytical skillset to interpret customer trends and use data to solve business problems.   

Relevant Jobs: Marketing coordinator, digital marketing associate, marketing analyst, e-commerce associate, digital media specialist, email marketing specialist, online marketing specialist, content marketing coordinator, search engine optimization specialist, paid search specialist  

Software & Skills You Will Learn:

Extended Studies

  • Digital marketing strategies and campaigns
  • Content marketing and creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Search engine marketing*
  • Social media*
  • Digital marketing analytics

Google

  • Data types and structures
  • Data analysis
  • SQL
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • R Programming & RStudio
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Front End Development Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Front-end Development certificate here and the Google UX Design certificate here.

Career Path Overview:

Front-end developers code in languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to develop websites and applications that users interact with. Front-end developers create the interface that shapes what an element of a website does and what it looks like. They also need to learn basic user experience principles to work effectively with designers.

Relevant Jobs: Front-end developer, front-end engineer, junior web developer, web designer, UI designer, interaction designer, junior UX designer

Software & Skills You Will Learn: 

Extended Studies

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript (React.js) and jQuery
  • Web development project management

Google

  • Personas, user stories and user journey maps
  • Usability studies
  • Wireframes and prototypes
  • Testing and iterating on design
  • Figma and Adobe XD

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Business Intelligence Ai

 

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Business Intelligence Analysis certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Data analysts make sense of data and numbers to help organizations make better business decisions. They prepare, process, analyze and visualize data, discovering patterns and trends and answering key questions along the way. Their work empowers their wider team to make better business decisions.

Relevant Jobs: Business intelligence analyst, data analyst, billing analyst, finance analyst, operations analyst, data technician, marketing analyst 

Skills & Software You Will Learn:

Extended Studies

  • SQL
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • Database design and data warehousing
  • Electives: Programming

Google

  • Data types and structures
  • Data analysis
  • SQL
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • R Programming & RStudio
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 Quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):

Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Digital Marketing Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Digital Marketing certificate here and the Google Data Analytics certificate here.

Career Path Overview: Digital marketing connects people to brands and products online. People with careers in this field use display advertising, email, search engines and other online channels to attract and engage customers, encourage them to make purchases and build customer loyalty. In addition to creating marketing content and designing campaigns, digital marketers also require a strong analytical skillset to interpret customer trends and use data to solve business problems.   

Relevant Jobs: Marketing coordinator, digital marketing associate, marketing analyst, e-commerce associate, digital media specialist, email marketing specialist, online marketing specialist, content marketing coordinator, search engine optimization specialist, paid search specialist  

Software & Skills You Will Learn:

Extended Studies

  • Digital marketing strategies and campaigns
  • Content marketing and creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Search engine marketing*
  • Social media*
  • Digital marketing analytics

Google

  • Data types and structures
  • Data analysis
  • SQL
  • Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau and data visualization
  • R Programming & RStudio
  • Kaggle

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)

Example Curriculum (click here to view larger image):Si Grow With Google Participant Journey Front End Development Ai

Learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Front-end Development certificate here and the Google UX Design certificate here.

Career Path Overview:

Front-end developers code in languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to develop websites and applications that users interact with. Front-end developers create the interface that shapes what an element of a website does and what it looks like. They also need to learn basic user experience principles to work effectively with designers.

Relevant Jobs: Front-end developer, front-end engineer, junior web developer, web designer, UI designer, interaction designer, junior UX designer

Software & Skills You Will Learn: 

Extended Studies

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript (React.js) and jQuery
  • Web development project management

Google

  • Personas, user stories and user journey maps
  • Usability studies
  • Wireframes and prototypes
  • Testing and iterating on design
  • Figma and Adobe XD

Timeline: 15 months (5 quarters)


FAQs

Who should apply to the program?

Individuals who are interested in a career in technology but lack an affordable and flexible means to pursue it are encouraged to apply. While there is no upfront cost, the program is not free and we are happy help you weigh the features and benefits of this program against other certificate options available to you. We find that individuals with some exposure to technology and/or those who have a few years of consistent work experience are best suited for this program.  

What do I need to succeed in the program?

Breaking into the technology sector requires a great deal of resilience and comfort with discomfort. It is not an easy path and will require hard work, persistence and continual growth. Strong time management skills, stable housing and steady access to the internet over the 15-month period also help create a stable learning environment.

How many hours per week will I need to spend on the program?

Participants should plan to commit to 15 hours/week of coursework and 1-2 hours/week of job-readiness preparation. 

What if I’m still not sure which certificate path is right for me?

If you are still exploring multiple career options and interested in sectors outside of technology, we recommend you attend a Connecting Interests with Careers workshop, which can be found on our events calendar. If you know you want to pursue a path in technology, but are not sure which program is right, please attend our next information session. If you are ready to move forward with our program, please submit an application.

How will I interact with my instructors and career navigators?

You’ll use online learning and communication tools like Canvas, Slack and Coursera to engage with your instructors, career navigators and fellow students.  

What if I’m not sure about the program yet?

Try out the Google and UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies coursework for up to four weeks before committing to the full 15-month program. During this time, we’ll have weekly check-ins to help you achieve your trial period milestones. When these milestones are met, you continue in the program, and if you don’t meet these milestones, you leave the program with no financial responsibility. 

What does job-readiness training look like?

Participants build job-readiness skills in addition to technical skills through 1-on-1 counseling sessions and group workshops. While paid work experience and mentorship is not required, they are recommended to everyone in the program to set yourself apart in the job search. With help from our team, you’ll identify ideal jobs, perfect your resume, practice interviewing and complete projects or internships that help you stand out, building skills to support every step of your career journey. Additionally, you will have the support of our community partners to help with barriers that could potentially interfere with your progress.  

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the program?

No. The Workforce Partnership can’t guarantee you a job, but we prepare you for your job search and leverage our employer network to refer candidates to open roles with our partners. We also expect participants to actively apply to jobs after graduating. 

What is an outcomes-based loan?

Outcomes-based loans allow organizations like the Workforce Partnership to provide comprehensive education, job-readiness training, access to paid work experience and other wraparound services at no upfront cost to the participant. Participants who land a job that meets the minimum salary threshold of $40,000 per year are responsible for repaying program costs with zero interest. At a maximum, participants who earn at least $40,000 will pay $7,000.

What are the payment requirements? 

Participants in the program pay no upfront costs. For participants who land a job that meets the minimum salary threshold of $40,000 per year, the repayment obligation is to repay program costs with zero interest. For participants who never a job or secure a job that does not meet the minimum salary threshold, there will be no obligation to repay.

Can I pay off my loan early? 

Yes, participants who meet the criteria to make repayments will have the ability to pay over time or in full, with no prepayment penalty. There are currently no incentives and no penalty for early repayment.

What if I lose my job (or get fired/quit)?

If a participant is unemployed or does not meet the salary criteria at any point during the 5-year term, payments will be paused. Once five years have passed, the program participant is not required to pay anything back.           

Are there tax implications If I who do not fulfill the loan agreement or if the loan is forgiven?

We encourage program participants to seek tax advice based on their own personal situation. However, the loan agreements are structured in a way to minimize tax burdens on participants.

What if I don’t want to take out an outcomes-based loan?

There are many other technology education options for people interested in these careers. The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies courses are available to anyone, independent of this program and prospective applicants are welcome to enroll directly through UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies. 

As part of our application process, the Workforce Partnership will help you evaluate other potential programs. This includes referrals to other tech-focused Workforce Partnership programs like TechHire and CyberHire. Please email hello@workforce.org to see which program may be the best fit.

San Diego’s community colleges and San Diego College of Continuing Education also offer classes in these subject areas that may be lower cost, or even free depending on your financial situation, but may not offer the career services that the Workforce Partnership is able to provide.

Who should apply to the program?

Individuals who are interested in a career in technology but lack an affordable and flexible means to pursue it are encouraged to apply. While there is no upfront cost, the program is not free and we are happy help you weigh the features and benefits of this program against other certificate options available to you. We find that individuals with some exposure to technology and/or those who have a few years of consistent work experience are best suited for this program.  

What do I need to succeed in the program?

Breaking into the technology sector requires a great deal of resilience and comfort with discomfort. It is not an easy path and will require hard work, persistence and continual growth. Strong time management skills, stable housing and steady access to the internet over the 15-month period also help create a stable learning environment.

How many hours per week will I need to spend on the program?

Participants should plan to commit to 15 hours/week of coursework and 1-2 hours/week of job-readiness preparation. 

What if I’m still not sure which certificate path is right for me?

If you are still exploring multiple career options and interested in sectors outside of technology, we recommend you attend a Connecting Interests with Careers workshop, which can be found on our events calendar. If you know you want to pursue a path in technology, but are not sure which program is right, please attend our next information session. If you are ready to move forward with our program, please submit an application.

How will I interact with my instructors and career navigators?

You’ll use online learning and communication tools like Canvas, Slack and Coursera to engage with your instructors, career navigators and fellow students.  

What if I’m not sure about the program yet?

Try out the Google and UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies coursework for up to four weeks before committing to the full 15-month program. During this time, we’ll have weekly check-ins to help you achieve your trial period milestones. When these milestones are met, you continue in the program, and if you don’t meet these milestones, you leave the program with no financial responsibility. 

What does job-readiness training look like?

Participants build job-readiness skills in addition to technical skills through 1-on-1 counseling sessions and group workshops. While paid work experience and mentorship is not required, they are recommended to everyone in the program to set yourself apart in the job search. With help from our team, you’ll identify ideal jobs, perfect your resume, practice interviewing and complete projects or internships that help you stand out, building skills to support every step of your career journey. Additionally, you will have the support of our community partners to help with barriers that could potentially interfere with your progress.  

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the program?

No. The Workforce Partnership can’t guarantee you a job, but we prepare you for your job search and leverage our employer network to refer candidates to open roles with our partners. We also expect participants to actively apply to jobs after graduating. 

What is an outcomes-based loan?

Outcomes-based loans allow organizations like the Workforce Partnership to provide comprehensive education, job-readiness training, access to paid work experience and other wraparound services at no upfront cost to the participant. Participants who land a job that meets the minimum salary threshold of $40,000 per year are responsible for repaying program costs with zero interest. At a maximum, participants who earn at least $40,000 will pay $7,000.

What are the payment requirements? 

Participants in the program pay no upfront costs. For participants who land a job that meets the minimum salary threshold of $40,000 per year, the repayment obligation is to repay program costs with zero interest. For participants who never a job or secure a job that does not meet the minimum salary threshold, there will be no obligation to repay.

Can I pay off my loan early? 

Yes, participants who meet the criteria to make repayments will have the ability to pay over time or in full, with no prepayment penalty. There are currently no incentives and no penalty for early repayment.

What if I lose my job (or get fired/quit)?

If a participant is unemployed or does not meet the salary criteria at any point during the 5-year term, payments will be paused. Once five years have passed, the program participant is not required to pay anything back.           

Are there tax implications If I who do not fulfill the loan agreement or if the loan is forgiven?

We encourage program participants to seek tax advice based on their own personal situation. However, the loan agreements are structured in a way to minimize tax burdens on participants.

What if I don’t want to take out an outcomes-based loan?

There are many other technology education options for people interested in these careers. The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies courses are available to anyone, independent of this program and prospective applicants are welcome to enroll directly through UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies. 

As part of our application process, the Workforce Partnership will help you evaluate other potential programs. This includes referrals to other tech-focused Workforce Partnership programs like TechHire and CyberHire. Please email hello@workforce.org to see which program may be the best fit.

San Diego’s community colleges and San Diego College of Continuing Education also offer classes in these subject areas that may be lower cost, or even free depending on your financial situation, but may not offer the career services that the Workforce Partnership is able to provide.


Student Stories

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Ari Emdur
Business Intelligence Certificate

Prior to joining the program, Ari worked as a stagehand and wasn’t getting the hours or pay he needed to support his family. His goal was to break into the tech industry and through the program he was able to do just that. He landed a job as a configuration specialist at MedImpact Healthcare, offering him a large salary increase and new career.

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Ellie Solorio
Front-end Development Certificate

Ellie worked in administrative roles but dreamed of becoming a web developer. She earned a Front-end Development certificate and developed a Github portfolio during the program. With six months still left in her certificate program, she got a job at Petco as a web developer and started earning over $60,000 a year.

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Najie Wei
Business Intelligence Certificate

After losing her job in the real estate sector, Najie decided to earn a Business Intelligence certificate and pursue her interest in the tech industry. During the program (and a global pandemic), she found herself unemployed and experiencing homelessness. The team helped her with finding short-term employment and housing. After graduating, the team introduced her to MedImpact, where she got a job as a configuration specialist earning over $48,000 annually.

Chris London
Chris London
Business Intelligence Certificate

Chris had worked at the San Diego Zoo for 14 years and without any formal education he found it very hard to advance in his career. Looking for ways to advance his career opportunities, Chris earned a Business Intelligence certificate through the program. He landed a job as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Community Housing earning $14 an hour more than what he was previously making at the Zoo.

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Ernesto Gonzales
Business Intelligence Certificate

Ernesto Gonzales was working at a job with limited financial growth when he heard about the Workforce Partnership’s Income Share Agreement (ISA) program. He learned how to support data-driven organizational decision-making and maximize the utility of accumulated data.  He currently works as an IT associate for San Diego Gas & Electric.

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