Career Pathway Programs for High School Students
Choosing the right college or career pathway is not an easy decision. The UC San Diego Extension Futures programs enable students to fulfill their passions, explore new interests and gain hands-on experience before they enter the workforce or apply for college.
Each program is designed specifically for high school students. The cutting-edge coursework is taught by leading industry experts in high demand fields. All programs culminate in an Award of Completion issued by UC San Diego Extension for use on college applications and resumes.
Shape your future today in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management and Life Sciences.
Scholarship opportunities are available for all Futures programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply here.
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Are you passionate about technology? In these courses, you will learn programming and scripting languages to prepare you for opportunities in Computer Science.
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Develop the skills that are essential for any leader or business manager. Learn what a business is, how it works and the vital elements to achieve succes.
Change the world through science! This program offers the unique chance to engage in a practical and applied research project with one of the top research universities in the world.
The UC San Diego Extension Futures initiative gives high school students the opportunity to explore career and college pathways through programs that offer practical and applied learning in high demand fields. Our courses and programs not only provide students with real-world skills and personal development, but also with opportunities for internships, professional employment, and educational advancement. In addition, parents/guardians have the opportunity to take these courses alongside their students, strengthening the sense of community and pride within the family unit. These programs are specifically designed for high school students and adhere to the same rigor and standard of excellence upheld by the University.
“My favorite thing about the classes is getting to use the computers to create things,“ he says. “I can actually show my creativity and show what I can put out into the world.”
“We weren’t just learning facts from a textbook. We were doing the same procedures as the instructors.”
“When I heard the name of the course, a light went on because it was exactly what I was looking for”
“I feel like a real scientist in the classes, especially since we are in an actual lab”
“I want to become a computer science major in college, and I saw this and I thought it would help me with future classes.”
“I will for sure be using what I have learned to make a better portfolio when I’m applying to colleges.”
“I’ve always been interested in programming,” she says. “By taking both classes, I can make apps that will work for more people.”
"It’s a very good hands-on experience, and it helps you think about problems that could be solved with programming."
“I know that coding is a big part of our future,”
“I am interested in the development of apps, and I thought this would help me make my skills stronger.”
"Both of the classes were initially to explore career options. Taken them has widened my perspective on my career options and college options."
Students receive three (3) pre-college credits per course. Some participating high school locations accept these credits to serve as elective credits on students’ high school transcripts potentially being applied to high school graduation requirements. Contact your school counselor for to confirm credit acceptance. In addition, some higher education institutions will accept these credits toward as transferable credits to be applied to undergraduate requirements. Please contact the institution as to specific guidelines on credit transfers. Students can request official transcripts from UC San Diego Extension to include in college applications and for professional pursuits.
Students enroll directly through the Futures website. Upon choosing a course within one of the program offerings, add the course to your cart and select your grading preference. Read and accept the terms and conduct policies to move forward with checkout. If you have a UC San Diego Extension student account, login to process your enrollment. If you do not have a UC San Diego Extension student account, create a new account here, then login with your new credentials. Follow the above steps until enrollment and payment is processed. If you have questions during this process, please contact Student Services at (858) 534-3400, option 3.
Visit UC San Diego Extension’s website and click order your transcript. Login with your student account credentials and follow the step-by-step prompts. If you have questions during this process, please contact Student Services at (858) 534-3400, option 3.
Students will have access to internship opportunities through Extension’s affiliation with San Diego Workforce Partnership. Students themselves are ultimately responsible for applying for internships. By participating in this program, students will gain a specific set of skills that make them standout in collegiate applications and future career pursuits.
Yes, courses will be offered in sequential order as curriculum builds upon proceeding courses.
Scholarship opportunities are open to students interested in the Futures at UC San Diego Extension program held at San Diego Public Library and YMCA branch locations. Students must apply through the online application posted on the UC San Diego Extension website within the designated timeframe. Scholarship applications open during the month of August and close during the month of September. There are no specific requirements for eligibility and scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will receive notification via email if they received or did not receive a scholarship. It is important to note that students who receive scholarship opportunities are required to complete the entire program or may be financially responsible for reimbursing UC San Diego Extension up to $1,200. All scholarship questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Yes, payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis through UC San Diego Extension. In addition to the tuition cost, there is a $40 processing charge. To qualify for payment plans, you must commit to all courses within a program. Payments are evenly broken up during the duration of a program and are automatically charged to a credit card on file one time per month. For more information on payment plans, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once students have completed all three required courses within a Futures program track, students need to request an audit of their completion status by emailing email@example.com. A UC San Diego Extension staff member will complete the audit and contact Extension's Student Services team to process the Award of Completion. Awards of Completion will be mailed directly to the address listed in the student account.
Fill out the form or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-534-0804.
The Department of Education and Community Outreach offers a uniquely holistic and service-based approach to education, incorporating opportunities for students in PreK- postsecondary; parents; teachers and school personnel; community members; and adults over the age of 50. ECO attends to the needs of over 30,000 learners per annum in contextually grounded, dynamic and personalized ways, employing face-to-face, blended and online formats. Beyond courses, certificates and programs leading to professional licensure, ECO works with communities across the globe to cultivate capacity and to serve as catalysts for transformation.
ECO serves as home to a host of cutting-edge programs and initiatives aligned with the needs of education and industry, including Sally Ride Science, the Futures initiative, and the University of California Professional Development Institute (UCPDI), a system-wide applied research organization. ECO partners with schools, districts and postsecondary institutions across the United States in support of developing avenues for enhanced access, equity and inclusion in education. ECO also works cooperatively public libraries, YMCAs and other community-based organizations to bring to them the best of what the University of California has to offer.