Career readiness for high school students

UC San Diego Extension has partnered with community members and industry experts to offer programs to high school students specific to industry priority sectors leading to college and/or career readiness. These industry priority sectors include advanced manufacturing, clean energy, health care, information & communication technologies and life sciences. Classes are taught in-person and online.

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Program Your Future

Programming and scripting languages programs and courses that prepare high school students for in-demand careers in technology.

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Manage Your Future

Business and leadership program and courses that prepare high school students for careers in management.

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F[O]rmulate Your Future

Biology and research programs designed to prepare high school students for careers in the life sciences industry.

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About Futures

Though similar to existing UC San Diego Extension certificates, Futures provides high school students the direct opportunity to participate in courses and programs that not only provide them with real-world skills, but also 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. Futures is designed for all high school students.

Student Spotlights

"It’s a very good hands-on experience, and it helps you think about problems that could be solved with programming."

Roel Torralba, ORHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate Read full story »

“I know that coding is a big part of our future,”

Michelle Sen, HTH Front End Web Development Specialized Certificate Read full story »

“I am interested in the development of apps, and I thought this would help me make my skills stronger.”

Kimberly Cruz, PHHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate Read full story »

"Both of the classes were initially to explore career options. Taken them has widened my perspective on my career options and college options."

Jennifer Overklift, CHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate and Business Management Course Read full story »


Have Questions?

Get more information or answers to any questions you may have about Futures programming by filling out the form or contacting:

Education & Community Outreach Department
UC San Diego Extension
Phone: 858-534-0804

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About the Department of Education and Community Outreach (ECO)

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.