The Program

We partner with UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies to offer 9–15 month certificate programs in high-demand, high-growth occupations in the technology sector. While you learn technical skills through the coursework, our team guides you through our job readiness road map to build the professional skills and tools that will launch your new career in tech. Learn more about the UCSD tech certificates offered.

The Workforce Partnership leverages financing tools that allow the participant to enroll with no upfront costs. The participant only pays back the cost of the program if they land a job making more than $40,000 a year to a renewable fund used to help the next group of San Diegans pursue their own career goals.


Supporting Your Job Search

While the technical skills you’ll learn in the classroom prepare you to do the job, equipping you to land  the job is just as important. Our job readiness roadmap guides you through professional development during your coursework to ensure you can thrive in the job market and your new workplace.  

With help from our team, you’ll perfect your resume, practice interviewing and create a portfolio that makes you stand out, building skills to support every step of your career growth. Additionally, you will have the support of our community partners to help with any barrier that could potentially interfere with your progress. 


Learn More

To learn more about all information & communication technology programs and classes offered through the Workforce Partnership this fall, join our virtual info session on June 3 at 12 p.m. or our in-person info session on June 4 at 11 a.m.

Who It's For

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Live in California
  • Must pass assessment (sent to you after applying)

This program offers help:

  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a long-term job

How to Apply

Apply Today

Read about participants’ experiences with the program:

Ernesto
UCSD Tech Certificate program opens doors

Ernesto Gonzales was working at a job with limited financial growth when he heard about the Workforce Partnership’s UCSD Tech Certificate program. He applied for the business intelligence program and was accepted. Here he tells us about his experience with the team and his advice for others considering the program.

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UCSD Tech Certificate graduate increases his salary by more than $14 per hour with new career

When the first UCSD Tech Certificate program cohort launched in July 2019, Chris chose to study Business Intelligence (BI) since he was working in a BI capacity in his position at the time. He was enjoying the work he was doing, though he was feeling limited in his current role.

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New education option lands former stagehand first San Diego tech job

Prior to joining the Workforce Partnership’s UCSD Tech Certificate program, Ari Emdur was working as a stagehand and wasn’t getting the hours he needed at his job to support his family. He thought the program might just be the perfect way to break into tech. It turns out he was right.