Advancing San Diego: Preferred Providers

Preferred Providers are education programs recognized by employers as delivering top-quality training for high-demand jobs.

Meet the Advancing San Diego Preferred Providers

The Preferred Provider network recognizes local education programs for providing quality training for high-demand jobs, and connects employers to San Diego’s diverse student body. In 2020, we’ve worked with employers to select Preferred Providers in the fields of software engineering, general engineering, and business. Through a competitive application process, Preferred Providers are evaluated against a skills-based criteria developed by industry, a commitment to industry engagement, and their ability to reach and serve a diverse student body.

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

Small companies – learn how you can get involved in the Advancing San Diego internship program.

  • California State University San Marcos
  • MiraCosta College
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 both a Preferred Provider of software and engineering talent.

Contact Pavel Consuegra, PhD
Internship Coordinator

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

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

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 talent.

Contact Juliana T. Saenz
Career Opportunities Manager

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

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

Engineering Talent

UC San Diego 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

Software Talent

UC San Diego 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

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 both a Preferred Provider of software and engineering talent.

Contact Dr. Svetislav Maric
Director Technology Programs

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

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

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

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

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Preferred Providers can be any education or training entity. Applicants are evaluated on the following:

  • Course alignment with skills requirements for:
    • Entry-level positions (full designation) – or –
    • Internships (partial designation)
  • Diversity and inclusion, including demonstrated ability to reach and serve a diverse student body
  • History of employer engagement

Benefits of Preferred Provider Designation:

  • Priority access to fully-funded internships for students in small companies and referrals to opportunities in 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)
  • Feature on EDC’s Preferred Provider map above
  • Annual briefings on talent demand alongside local employers
Kate Gallagher
Kate Gallagher

Senior Manager, Economic Development