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.

Education remains a critical predictor of economic mobility, and access to career exploration and opportunities are key to our student’s success. At the same time, the education system is constantly challenged to adapt and keep programs current as technology advances and new skills are required for career success. Advancing San Diego works to bridge the gap between education and industry by assessing and designating “Preferred Providers” or programs that teach in-demand skills and adequately prepare San Diego’s workforce.

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:

  • Healthcare (Opening spring 2021)
  • Life Sciences (Opening fall 2021)

Closed application rounds:

  • Engineering (Closed June 2020)
  • Business (Closed September 2020)
  • Software (Closed January 2021)
  • Manufacturing (Closed March 2021)

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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
  • MiraCosta College – Technology Career Institute
  • National University
  • Palomar College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Code School
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego State University
  • The League of Amazing Programmers
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Diego Extension
  • University of San Diego
  • Workshops for Warriors

California State University San Marcos

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College – Technology Career Institute

National University

Palomar College

San Diego City College

San Diego Code School

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego State University

The League of Amazing Programmers

UC San Diego

UC San Diego Extension

University of San Diego

Workshops for Warriors

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 a Preferred Provider of software, engineering, and business talent.

Contact Jill Litschewski
Director, Innovation Hub

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, Innovation Hub

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, Innovation Hub

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 and business talent.

Contact Mike Paulding
Instructor, Computer Science

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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.

Contact Dr. Annie Ngo
Instructor, Business and Statistics

Contact MiraCosta College - Business Talent

MiraCosta College – Technology Career Institute

MiraCosta College’s Technology Career Institute (TCI) is part of MiraCosta College’s Community Education & Workforce Development department. They offer our local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and careers with low cost, hassle-free classes, workshops and programs.

Contact MiraCosta College – Technology Career Institute

Manufacturing Talent

MiraCosta is recognized as a Preferred Provider of manufacturing talent for providing quality training for entry level engineering technician and machinist jobs. The Technology Career Institute’s Machinist Technology Program is designed to prepare students with skills to shape metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and shapers. The Engineering Technology Program integrates theory and application in mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, fluid power, automation, robotics and computer software. Students will experience an accelerated program designed to prepare them with the skill sets to qualify for immediate entry into positions with local industry.

Contact Linda Kurokawa
Executive Director, Community Education & Workforce Development

Contact MiraCosta College – Technology Career Institute - Manufacturing 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. National University is recognized as a Preferred Provider of business talent.

Contact Cindy Nicholas
Career Services Manager

Contact National University

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.

Contact Cindy Nicholas
Career Services Manager

Contact National University - Business Talent

Palomar College

Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. At Palomar, students may choose from over 200 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

Contact Palomar College

Manufacturing Talent

Palomar is recognized as a Preferred Provider of manufacturing talent for providing quality training for entry level machinist jobs. The Machining Technology Program will provide a foundation of design and manufacturing skills using Computer-Aided Manufacturing software, programming CNC machinery using MasterCAM, and the setup and operations of CNC Lathes, CNC Mills, and 5-Axis CNC Mills. Upon completion of this program, students will be qualified for an entry-level position in Machining and Manufacturing.

Contact Michael Wright
Associate Professor

Contact Palomar College - Manufacturing Talent

San Diego City College

San Diego City College is a multicultural institution committed to providing open access to all who can benefit from instruction and to meeting the diverse and ever-changing educational, cultural, and economic needs of the urban core and surrounding communities of San Diego.

Contact San Diego City College

Manufacturing Talent

City College is recognized as a Preferred Provider of manufacturing talent for providing quality training for entry level engineering technician and machinist jobs. The Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) Program provides students the opportunity to acquire highly valued skills in an innovative, hands-on learning environment. The program features integrating experiences through which students participate in all aspects of a manufacturing enterprise, from materials and processes to safety, design, automation, maintenance, Six Sigma quality, and lean manufacturing. The Machine Technology (MACT) Program prepares students for CNC machining and is also ideal for students who need to upgrade prior machine shop training to comply with the current needs of industry. This program provides students with hands-on learning using state-of-the-art equipment and latest software such as Mastercam.

Contact Kenneth Heifner
Engineering Instructor

Contact San Diego City College - Manufacturing 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. 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 following programs were designated:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, General Business (BSBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing (BSBA)

Beverly Bracker, J.D.

Director, Career Management Center, Fowler College of Business

Contact San Diego State University - Business Talent

The League of Amazing Programmers

The League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing after-school Java programming instruction for 5th through 12th grade students at sites across San Diego County and online.They aim to enable youth to learn and succeed—both as professional programmers and technologically literate problem solvers.

Contact The League of Amazing Programmers

Software Talent

The League of Amazing Programmers is recognized as a Preferred Provider of software talent at the partial level for providing quality training for software internships. As a high-level STEM organization with a rigorous, mastery-based, computer science curriculum, student from The League will be prepared for the Oracle Certified Associate and Java SE 8 Programmers (OCAJP) examination, which are the foundation for a career in programming.

Contact The League of Amazing Programmers - Software 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 following certificate programs were designated:

  • Professional Certificate in Project Management
  • Specialized Certificate in Supply Management
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program
  • Professional Certificate in Marketing
  • Professional Certificate in Business Management

Contact Cindy Hanson 
Director, Strategic Innovation & Educational Technologies 

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 and business talent.

Contact Diana Grant-Davie 
Assistant Director, Employer Relations 

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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 Diana Grant-Davie 
Assistant Director, Employer Relations 

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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 and includes job searching techniques, resume building, interviewing skills and other career opportunities. The supply chain management program provides students with an in-depth understanding of sustainable, socially-responsible management of global supply chains as well as how to develop and maintain healthy supplier relationships both domestically and globally.

Contact Diana Grant-Davie 
Assistant Director, Employer Relations 

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Workshops for Warriors

Workshops for Warriors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school that provides veterans and transitioning service members with industry-leading advanced manufacturing education and job placement assistance.

Contact Workshops for Warriors

Manufacturing Talent

Workshops for Warriors is recognized as a Preferred Provider of manufacturing talent for providing quality training for entry level machinist jobs. The CNC Machinist Program is designed to prepare veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to become well-rounded entry level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is a combination of machining theory and extensive hands-on training. College credit is not awarded for this program, rather it is designed as an accelerated program of study culminating in industry recognized advanced manufacturing credentials which test the retention and application of the skills needed for a career in machining.

Contact Keshia Javis-Jones
Director of Operations

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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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Kate Gallagher

Senior Manager, Economic Development