Extension meets the needs of our changing society and workforce.

We’ve taken education out of the classroom and brought it to our community members where they live, work, and play.

Based on our institutional research on market trends and economic climate, we anticipate future workforce needs and deliver that knowledge in accessible ways. In libraries across the city, we’re piquing youngsters’ interest in the STEM fields early, giving high schoolers a leg up by not only teaching them computer programming, but allowing them to earn an industry- recognized certificate before graduation, and collaborating with the next generation of innovation leaders to solve pressing social problems through technology.

253 New Courses*

The global economy is increasingly competitive, so pre-college programs like Library NExT, Sally Ride Science, and Program Your Future are essential to long-term student success. We also prime the talent pipeline by empowering teachers. We work with school districts to implement innovative teaching methods based on our research, and ensure they have the skills and tools necessary to connect with students from diverse backgrounds and adapt to changes in technology. Our post-baccalaureate program also gives aspiring doctors a helping hand.

Extension recognizes changes in society and the workforce and aims to meet those needs. As the opioid epidemic grips the nation, better understanding of its origins and impacts can better aid frontline personnel in ultimately finding a solution. To help combat this pervasive problem, Extension is offering an interactive Fundamentals of Opiate Addiction course geared toward parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and first responders. We are also breaking new ground in emerging industries, by offering courses in podcasting, SolidWorks reverse engineering, blockchain applications in health care, and electronic discovery in litigation.


Continuing Education Course Enrollments*

Education doesn’t end upon graduation. As the continuing education arm of the university, it’s our job to reskill and upskill workers to stay current in today’s fast-paced job market. In a military hub like San Diego, veterans make up a significant portion of the workforce. Military spouses, transitioning service members in search of a civilian career, and vets seeking career advancement all benefit from Extension’s courses and certificate programs, some of them VA-approved and eligible for financial assistance. We talk, listen, and collaborate with our unique community to generate solutions and advancement.

Education doesn’t end upon retirement, either. This sentiment is exemplified by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego. Osher’s lectures, seminars, discussion groups, and social outings give San Diegans age 50 and up the opportunity to connect with their peers and learn for the sheer love of learning. At Extension, our mission is to inspire learning throughout the lifespan.

*Data calculated between Summer 2017 and Spring 2018

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