Our Education & Training Programs

SDFF’s Career Training and Employment Programs are designed to bring high quality Information Technology (IT) Career Training and Employment Programs to Youth and Adults in San Diego County. Read about our purpose and goals as a nonprofit technology leader and the benefits of our Career Training and Employment Programs.

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TechWORKS Training Program

The program provides technology based learning leading to attainment of industry standard certifications in A+, N+ and MCITP Window 7 Support Technician. You may be eligible for a scholarship to attend our innovative Information Technology.

  • Adults aged 18 and older
  • Lost your job at any point since 2008 and are now underemployed - or - have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer
  • Prior work experience in IT or a related field
  • Must complete screening and application process
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Our purpose and goals as a nonprofit technology leader, with a unique focus on technology for the community are:

  • To provide training, credentials, and hand-on work experiences needed to begin a career in the IT field.
  • To create exposure and provide tools, resources, and training within IT related occupations to communities who experience employment barriers or are disconnected from the workforce.
  • To offer services that will help individuals of all ages to obtain their IT career aspirations

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Digital Literacy - Youth Technology Career Exploration

This is a new program offered in partnership with Fab Lab San Diego, ReCenter, and San Diego Workforce Partnership. You will be trained in the most commonly recognized certification in digital literacy, the IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification). You may be eligible for a scholarship.

  • Out-of-school youth ages 18 to 21
  • Live in San Diego Metro and Mid-City regions
  • Have a learning disability or a disability that may not be apparent upon casual observation
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Benefits of our Career Training and Employment Programs:

  • To prepare for occupations that require technology skills and appeal to a variety of interests and aptitudes
  • To deliver classroom and web-based training; industry recognized certification; career exploration opportunities such as internships; job preparation and placement
  • To offer employers opportunities to connect with talented, professional and technical students

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IT Technician Pathway

The program is intended to assist those recently graduated from high school or those who acquired a GED as an alternative to college while providing a career path in the IT field, students in the pathway will work towards their CompTIA A+ certification.

  • Have an interest in technology.
  • Ages 17 to 21 years of age
  • Must be low-income (according to federal guidelines)
  • Legal right to work in the United States
  • High school graduate not currently in college or working towards obtaining a GED
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