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Choosing the right college or career pathway is not an easy decision. The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies 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 Division of Extended Studies for use on college applications and resumes.

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Shape your future today in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management, Design and Life Sciences.
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  android programming for high schoolers
Program

Android Programming

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online, Live Online

Status: Enrolling Now

Through the course of this program, students will learn how to work with the Android Studio to write numerous Android applications for a wide range of phones and tablets.

AutoCAD for High Schoolers
Program
 

AutoCAD

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online, Live Online

Status: Enrolling Now

Start at the very beginning of computer aided design (CAD), and use AutoCAD to draft CAD symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, and then create a floor plan.

Business Management for High Schoolers
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Business Management

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online, Live Online

Status: Enrolling Now

In this program, high school students develop a practical understanding of business management from policy creation to aligning resource allocation with institutional objectives.

  Front End Web Development for High Schoolers
Program

Front End Web Development

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online, Live Online

Status: Enrolling Now

Throughought this program high school students will learn how to develop engaging websites and applications using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery.

  iOS programming for high schoolers
Program

Internship Programs

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online

Status: Enrolling Now

This course will prepare students with the attitudinal and behavioral skills that are essential to success in the workplace.

  iOS programming for high schoolers
Program

iOS Programming

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online, Live Online

Status: Enrolling Now

Throughout this program, high school students become proficient in iOS, a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for use with its hardware, including iPhone, iPad, and more.

  Life sciences research for high schoolers
Program

Life Sciences Research

Grades: 9-12

Format: In Lab

Status: Not Currently Enrolling

This program affords students opportunities to become immersed in the life sciences, undertaking a unique applied research project in biodiversity and neurobiology and/or molecular biology.

  Revit
Program

Revit

Grades: 9-12

Format: Online

Status: Enrolling Now

Learn to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) using Revit to become design professionals involved in the construction industry.

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About Futures

The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies 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.

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.

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Hear From Our Students

 
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Anissa Ward

If I had one word for my experience in this program it would be: metamorphic. I learned many facts, information, and simply knowledge about business management in this program. In addition, this program also is a way to create lasting bonds with other individuals in your age group, especially with those who have similar interests.

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Daniela Gonzalez

It was a great experience and very helpful. I got to meet great professors from UCSD.

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Donny Chau

iOS Programming was a great course to take and I felt that I learned a lot through this. I was able to understand the basic knowledge and idea of how to code. Throughout this whole program, we created apps on Xcode and this was a genuinely enjoyable experience as we had to brainstorm how to write the code to make an app function.

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Elisha Liu

During my sophomore year, participating in the UCSD business management course, I learned fundamental knowledge, and the team working activities were enjoyable especially through online.

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Hector Avila

I had a slight interest in pursuing a business career and this program was useful in showing me some components of a job in business. It helped me refine my potential majors list for when I apply to colleges. I also found that my instructors were very friendly and I felt that they were really good at explaining things.

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Kylie Staebler

This program was a great way to test the waters of the CAD world! The videos were very easy to follow and their asynchronous nature made it easy to accommodate the rest of my schooling simultaneously. The teacher was also available by email and was extremely good about responding to questions in a timely manner.

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Nayeli M.

The courses were easily accessible in location and for its materials which were provided by the YMCA at the time luckily. The professor was really nice and made the lectures very interesting. I was in high school so having my course later in the day helped. I gained 9 pre-college units after high school hours. I really enjoyed and loved this program.

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Nick Ivey

The AutoCAD program was great. The instructor went through the examples and explained every step clearly. It was very helpful that I could stop and replay the lectures over and over to really understand everything.

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Yusuf Morsi

These programs gave me a lot of knowledge in iOS and front-end web development, which I believe helped pave my way into software. At the time I started the programs, I was in high school, and wasn't sure of the career path I wanted to pursue, but after taking the FUTURES courses, I knew that I wanted to pursue a major involving software.