City Library, UC San Diego Expands Free Youth Workshops for High-Tech Jobs

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FREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS TO BE OFFERED AT 15 CITY LIBRARIES ALONG WITH NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EARN PRE-COLLEGE CREDIT

UCSD and the San Diego City Library will expand its popular Library NExT program to include 15 city library educational workshops by January 2019, along with a new certificate program that allows high school students to – for the first time – earn pre-college credit. Library NExT – Network of Education x Training – is a series of free educational workshops for middle and high school students on various topics, including robots, circuits and 3D modeling.

First launched as a pilot program at six libraries in 2017, Library NExT has steadily expanded. The program has created more opportunities for young San Diegans to prepare for the jobs of the future in science, arts and business,

“This is an amazing program that allows young San Diegans to discover the possibility of a career in the technology industry, learn valuable skills and earn college credit – and the best part is it’s free,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “Whether they’re building robots, preparing for entrance exams or earning a certificate in programming, Library NExT is opening up a world of opportunity for our youth – regardless of income level – to start building a brighter future.”

So far, there have been 138 workshops with more than 900 students participating.

With the addition of “Program Your Future” to the program, Library NExT offers high school students in-depth knowledge and training for high demand career tracks or collegiate pursuits. Students receive digital badges when they complete each course. When all courses of a track are complete, students receive a certificate from the globally-recognized UC San Diego Extension, which can set them apart when applying for college or pursuing a career.

“As one of the leading research universities in the United States, we are committed to being part of our community and providing opportunities for all to have access to the many resources at UC San Diego,” said Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Programs and Dean of UC San Diego Extension. “This initiative is a platform for libraries to model across the nation to grow as a community resource for education and job training provided by UC San Diego.”

“Program Your Future” courses at the Library are free to attend, but space is limited. Library NExT is now accepting registration for fall courses.

Library NExT classes have been offered at the San Diego Central Library and the following branches: City Heights/Weingart, Linda Vista, Logan Heights, Mission Valley, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa, Skyline Hills, Tierrasanta and Valencia Park/Malcolm X.

Over the next six months, the program will expand to the following branches: College-Rolando, Pacific Beach/Taylor, Paradise Hills and San Ysidro.

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