The San Diego Gateway to College and Career program provides young adults who identify as immigrant, refugee and/or English language learner (ELL) with high-touch and intensive support, stipends and paid internships.

This includes support services to remove barriers to success, such as:

  • Increased academic counseling services
  • Mentorships
  • Civic engagement opportunities
  • Access to transportation

Participants may also receive occupational skills training that leads to industry-recognized certifications and credentials, job-readiness and on-the-job training, and job placement services to increase income and empower you to be self-sufficient.

Recognizing the strength of your diverse ethnicities and languages, students are also supported to achieve their language learning goals, no matter what language you speak.

Who It's For

  • Ages 18–24
  • Immigrant, refugee or English language learner
  • Not currently enrolled in school
  • Unemployed or underemployed

This program offers help:

  • Deciding what career is right for me
  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a temporary job or internship
  • Finding a long-term job
  • Learning new job skills
  • Removing barriers to your success

How to Apply

To learn more and apply, contact Stephanie Lewis at

Read about Gabriel’s experience with the program:

Gabriel Souza
Brazilian Student Finds Pathway to a Doctorate Degree in San Diego

Twenty-two-year-old Gabriel Souza left Curitiba, Brazil just over one year ago. Living in San Diego he expected to learn a new language and adjust to new customs but was surprised with a helping hand and a college scholarship through San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDG2CC).