Advancing San Diego: Education Providers

San Diego is proud to be home to five universities, nine community colleges, and a variety of non-traditional training and certificate programs who train hundreds of thousands of students across the region.

The education system is constantly challenged to adapt and keep programs current as technology advances and new skills are required for career success. Education remains a critical predictor of economic mobility, and access to career exploration and opportunities are key to our student’s success.

Take action as an education provider

Employer working groups outline the most important skills for entry-level talent in high demand fields such as software, engineering, and business.

Education programs that are providing training that industry looks for in entry-level talent can be publicly recognized as Preferred Providers. Regardless of whether your program is selected as a Preferred Provider, all applicants receive feedback from employers in the review process.

Application schedule:

Closed application rounds:

  • Engineering (Closed June 2020)
  • Business (Closed September 2020)

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Preferred Providers

Preferred Providers are education programs recognized by employers as delivering top-quality training for high-demand jobs. Through a competitive application process, Preferred Providers are evaluated annually against a skills-based criteria developed by industry, a commitment to industry engagement, and their ability to reach and serve a diverse student body. In 2020, EDC worked with employers to select Preferred Providers in the fields of software engineering, general engineering, and business. Coming soon: Preferred Providers of talent in manufacturing, healthcare, and life sciences.

If you are a company interested in recruiting entry-level talent or interns from these programs, we encourage companies to reach out to EDC or the Preferred Providers directly using the contact information provided in the map below.

  • California State University San Marcos
  • MiraCosta College
  • National University
  • San Diego Code School
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego State University
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Diego Extension
  • University of San Diego

California State University San Marcos

MiraCosta College

National University

San Diego Code School

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego State University

UC San Diego

UC San Diego Extension

University of San Diego

California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) serves 17,000 students in north county San Diego, the majority of whom are from San Diego. A designated Hispanic Service Institution, CSUSM is recognized by employers as both a Preferred Provider of software and engineering talent.

Contact Jill Litschewski
Director, Office of Internships and Service Learning

Contact California State University San Marcos

Software Talent

CSUSM is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level software jobs. In 2018, CSUSM launched a new major – Bachelor of Science in software engineering – which emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications with substantial laboratory work, covering software processes, agile approaches, requirements engineering, software analysis and design, implementation, verification, and validation.

Contact Jill Litschewski
Director, Office of Internships and Service Learning

Contact California State University San Marcos - Software Talent

Engineering Talent

CSUSM is recognized as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent at the partial level for providing quality training for engineering internships. Following preparatory courses in mathematics, physics, and computer science, core courses and electives cover a wide range of topics including digital and analog electronic circuits and systems, microcontrollers, control systems, electric power, electromagnetics, and signal processing. All students take courses that include laboratory activities, and are required to complete a senior research project, which involves planning, design, implementation, documentation, and presentation.

Contact Jill Litschewski
Director, Office of Internships and Service Learning

Contact California State University San Marcos - Engineering Talent

Business Talent

CSUSM is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business at the general level for providing quality training for entry-level business jobs and internships. The College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos offers leading bachelor’s programs, which are shaped by market-driven curriculum and world-class faculty. Their Professional Mentoring Program is improving the professional and soft skill development areas that area employers have identified as a critical need. In addition, the college has established a new mandatory Business Professional Development Program for sophomores and transfer students, guided by volunteer Executives in Residence.

Contact Jill Laing
Director of Student Success, College of Business Administration

Contact California State University San Marcos - Business Talent

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public community college serving 17,000 students in north county San Diego. MiraCosta is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of software talent.

Contact Mike Paulding
Instructor, Computer Science

Contact MiraCosta College

Software Talent

MiraCosta is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the partial level for providing quality training for software internships. Designed using program metrics defined by the Association for Computing Machinery, including communication and collaboration in a team, MiraCosta’s program provides students with fundamental skills in software engineering as well as an easy pathway for students to transfer into university for computer science.

Contact Mike Paulding
Instructor, Computer Science

Contact MiraCosta College - Software Talent

Business Talent

MiraCosta is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent at the general level for providing quality training for entry level business jobs and internships. Whether students are planning to transfer as a business major or obtain immediate workplace advancement, MiraCosta’s Business Administration program is poised to teach students the skills they need. Upon completion, students work across a multitude of sectors in accounting, marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and management positions at technology, retail, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Contact Dr. Annie Ngo
Instructor, Business and Statistics

Contact MiraCosta College - Business Talent

National University

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher learning in California and 12th-largest in the nation. It was among the first to recognize and focus on the unique needs of nontraditional learners. Its distinctive and intensive one-course-per-month format, multiple locations, and onsite and online programs enable students to complete graduate and undergraduate degrees in an accelerated time frame while maintaining family and work responsibilities.

Contact Cindy Nicholas
Career Services Manager

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Business Talent

National University is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent at the general level for providing quality training for entry-level business jobs and internships. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree prepares students for career opportunities and advancement in business and industry. Successful completion of lower- and upper-division BBA requirements ensures that graduates comprehend the relationships among marketing, quantitative theory, accountancy, economic principles and financial, human and organizational management.

Contact Cindy Nicholas
Career Services Manager

Contact National University - Business Talent

San Diego Code School

San Diego Code School (SDCS) offers a year-long software development apprenticeship program. SDCS is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of software talent.

Contact Mike Roberts
Founder & CEO, San Diego Code School

Contact San Diego Code School

Software Talent

SDCS is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level software jobs. Through SDCS’s year-long software development apprenticeship program, apprentices get paid to learn software development and gain real-world experience working on projects through partner companies and contract work that SDCS oversees.

Contact Mike Roberts
Founder & CEO, San Diego Code School

Contact San Diego Code School - Software Talent

San Diego Mesa College

Part of the San Diego community college district, San Diego Mesa College serves nearly 25,000 students in central San Diego. A designated Hispanic Service Institution, San Diego Mesa College is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of software, engineering, and business talent.

Contact Pavel Consuegra, PhD
Internship Coordinator

Contact San Diego Mesa College

Software Talent

Mesa College is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the partial level for providing quality training for software internships. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to apply computer technology to diverse business and professional environments or transfer to a four-year institution.

Contact Pavel Consuegra, PhD
Internship Coordinator

Contact San Diego Mesa College - Software Talent

Engineering Talent

San Diego Mesa College is recognized as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent at the partial level for providing quality training for engineering internships. As a designated Hispanic Service Institution, Mesa serves nearly 25,000 students, the majority of whom are nontraditional, low-income, students of color, and others who have been impacted by the achievement gap. The engineering program at Mesa allows student to fulfill the lower division engineering requirements for transfer programs to four-year institutions as well as acquire the necessary skills for entry-level employment in engineering.

Contact Pavel Consuegra, PhD
Internship Coordinator

Contact San Diego Mesa College - Engineering Talent

Business Talent

San Diego Mesa College is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent in the operations and engagement specializations for providing quality training for business internships. The Business Department at San Diego Mesa College offers a variety of business courses leading to degrees in Business Administration, Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and Business Management. These programs are intended for students who wish to plan a program in preparation for a business occupational area of their choice.

Contact Pavel Consuegra, PhD
Internship Coordinator

Contact San Diego Mesa College - Business Talent

San Diego State University

San Diego State is San Diego’s oldest university and serves 33,870 students in central San Diego. A designated Hispanic Service Institution, SDSU is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of software and business talent.

Contact Juliana T. Saenz
Career Opportunities Manager

Contact San Diego State University

Software Talent

San Diego State is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level software jobs. The Bachelor of Science in computer science degree at SDSU is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of modern computing methodology and programming practices along with a complementary knowledge of hardware.

Contact Juliana T. Saenz
Career Opportunities Manager

Contact San Diego State University - Software Talent

Business Talent

San Diego State is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent at the general level, in addition to the operations and engagement specializations for providing quality training for entry-level business jobs and internships.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, General Business (BSBA) is designed to help students build on the set of leadership, analytical, teamwork, and communication-based skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. BSBA students learn to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, able to analyze complex problems, have a global perspective, and know about the basic essentials of business.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) provides a curriculum that teaches students to provide information that is essential to decision-making and devise new and more efficient solutions in the workplace. BSIS students will be taught basic and applied research on real-world issues affecting many individuals and organizations and participate in projects designed to find creative solutions for the real-world problems.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing (BSBA) degree provides a competency based curriculum that evolves with the changing needs of business to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the organizations they serve.The marketing major studies how products and services are developed, priced, promoted, distributed and sold. The process requires an understanding of buyer and seller behavior within the context of the overall market environment.

The International Business program at SDSU integrates course work in business administration, a foreign language, and cultural studies to create a truly interdisciplinary education. The major is designed to prepare its graduates to succeed in the emerging global marketplace. Students master learning in four distinct areas: essential & specialized business knowledge, ethical reasoning, global and cross-cultural competency and effective communication.

Beverly Bracker, J.D.

Director, Career Management Center, Fowler College of Business

Contact San Diego State University - Business Talent

UC San Diego

UC San Diego is a globally recognized research university which serves nearly 40,000 students on the central coast of San Diego county. UC San Diego is recognized by employers as both a Preferred Provider of software and engineering talent.

Contact Wil Dyer
Director, Corporate Affiliates Program

Contact UC San Diego

Engineering Talent

UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering is recognized as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level engineering jobs. UC San Diego is a premier research school that integrates technical fundamentals with real-world applications, and collaborations across disciplines and industry to solve the toughest problems facing society. The Jacobs School of Engineering is a top-9 engineering school in the nation, and all individual engineering departments rank in the top 20 of their field.

Contact Wil Dyer
Director, Corporate Affiliates Program

Contact UC San Diego - Engineering Talent

Software Talent

UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level software jobs. UC San Diego is a premier research school that integrates technical fundamentals with real-world applications, and collaborations across disciplines and industry to solve the toughest problems facing society. The Computer Science & Computer Engineering degrees are regularly ranked in the top-10 globally.

Contact Wil Dyer
Director, Corporate Affiliates Program

Contact UC San Diego - Software Talent

UC San Diego Extension

UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of UC San Diego, offers more than 4,700 courses and a wide range of certificates. UCSD Extension is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of software, engineering, and business talent.

Contact Dr. Svetislav Maric
Director Technology Programs

Contact UC San Diego Extension

Engineering Talent

UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of UC San Diego, is recognized as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent at the partial level for providing quality training for engineering internships. Extension’s students are typically adult learners seeking upgraded skills in their current field, first-time job seekers looking for a targeted skillset, or individuals seeking a career change. Extension’s engineering department offers a variety of relevant certificate programs, and has been designated as a Preferred Provider for their systems engineering and embedded engineering certificates in particular.

Contact Dr. Svetislav Maric
Director Technology Programs

Contact UC San Diego Extension - Engineering Talent

Software Talent

UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of UC San Diego, is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the partial level for providing quality training for software internships. Extension’s students are typically adult learners seeking upgraded skills in their current field, first-time job seekers looking for a targeted skillset, or individuals seeking a career change. Extension offers a variety of relevant certificate programs including C#, C/C++, database management, front-end development, Java, Machine Learning, Python, and more.

Contact Dr. Svetislav Maric
Director, Technology Programs

Contact UC San Diego Extension - Software Talent

Business Talent

UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of UC San Diego, is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent at the general level, in addition to the operations and engagement specializations for providing quality training for entry level business jobs and internships.

The Professional Certificate in Project Management provides an applied, hands-on approach to start or advance a career in  project management and diligently advances project management knowledge needed to plan, execute and complete complex projects within all organizations and industries.

The Specialized Certificate in Supply Management is intended to help individuals with responsibility for buying goods and services in research, healthcare, public service, retail and manufacturing environments to keep abreast of contemporary solutions in this dynamic field. The program is beneficial for participants who currently have supply responsibility and wish to advance their career, as well as those individuals who want to explore this profession as a new career.

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program provides a systematic method to improve performance and reduce variation in all business processes. The certificate program provides a balance of management skills (project/team/change management) and tool application to ensure students improve performance and reduce costs. Most importantly, the training includes hands-on coaching and mentorship; students must apply tools to a real process at a local organization.

The Professional Certificate in Marketing is designed for individuals looking to develop the skills needed to enter the field or advance their career and knowledge base. This comprehensive program covers a range of integrated marketing channels and provides core competencies needed to create, implement, manage, and analyze effective campaigns. Students may pursue the full program or select individual courses based on their needs.

The Professional Certificate in Business Management provides strategic, up-to-date knowledge and highly sought after skills needed to maintain a competitive edge. Students learn elements of finance, marketing, decision making, and organizational management and have the ability to delve deeper into one of six distinct specializations: Leadership and Management, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources.

Contact Robert Jones
Manager, Project Management and Supply Management Certificate Programs 

Contact UC San Diego Extension - Business Talent

University of San Diego

University of San Diego is a private, catholic university serving 9,100 students through its central San Diego campus. USD is recognized by employers as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent.

Contact Robin Darmon
Senior Director, Career Development Center

Contact University of San Diego

Engineering Talent

University of San Diego is recognized as a Preferred Provider of engineering talent at the full level for providing quality training for entry-level engineering jobs. The electrical engineering program is a combined BS/BA degree that includes core engineering courses, eight lab classes, and  two-semester capstone experiences in addition to a liberal arts core curriculum which emphasizes oral communication, was well as diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Contact Robin Darmon
Senior Director, Career Development Center

Contact University of San Diego - Engineering Talent

Business Talent

University of San Diego is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent at the general level, in addition to the operations specialization for providing quality training for entry-level business jobs and internships. USD’s School of Business’ General Business program is a 124-unit, undergraduate program leading to a BBA, BA or BACC degree. All of the majors complete the Passport Program which includes job searching techniques, resume building, interviewing skills and other career opportunities. The comprehensive curriculum prepares graduates to communicate well, understand the societal implications of their practice and lead interdisciplinary teams.

USD’s supply chain management program provides students with an in-depth understanding of sustainable, socially-responsible management of global supply chains. Student in the major will learn the intricacies of operations—from production planning to inventory management and warehousing—as well as how to develop and maintain healthy supplier relationships both domestically and globally.

Contact Dr. Stephen Conroy
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, School of Business

Contact University of San Diego - Business Talent

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Benefits of Preferred Provider Designation:

  • Public recognition through EDC’s marketing channels, feature on EDC’s Preferred Provider map above, student highlights on EDC’s blog
  • Priority access to fully-funded internships for students in small companies (limited to first-round Preferred Provider selections), and referrals to larger companies
  • Work-based learning opportunities for students including networking events, career, and internship fairs
  • Preferred Provider marketing toolkit (badge, press release, marketing, and outreach materials)
  • Annual briefings on talent demand alongside local employers

 

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