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
- 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 start your application and explore all your program options, use our Program Match Finder. After answering questions about your needs and interests, you’ll instantly see a list of programs likely to be a match for you. Choose up to two (including San Diego Gateway to College and Career if it shows up) that interest you most and we will reach out to you within two business days about next steps.
Read about participants’ experience with the program:
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).
Samvathna Em, who goes by Sam, was attending San Diego College of Continuing Education when he heard about the San Diego Gateway to College and Career program. This program supports immigrants, refugees and English language learners in self-sufficiency and personal empowerment. We asked Sam about his goals, experience with the program and dream job.