California College San Diego Launches the Good Neighbor Initiative


For Immediate Release

Providing FREE education, training and development to help our communities

Salt Lake City, UT (March 01, 2012)  — California College San Diego, a leading provider of on-campus and online higher education, announced today the launch of its Good Neighbor Initiative, created to strengthen communities by providing free education, training and development opportunities to help all Californians improve their lives. Some of the Good Neighbor Initiative’s free courses and workshops include GED® test preparation, nurse assisting, phlebotomy, basic computer skills and how to get a job workshops.*

This initiative addresses a crucial juncture of education and workforce in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2014, 24 of the 30, or 80 percent, of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States will require some level of postsecondary training or education.1 Individuals with a GED credential benefit from a personal income nearly 30 percent higher than those with less than a high school diploma.2 By offering a free GED preparatory course and even paying for students to take the GED exam, the Good Neighbor Initiative supports workers in their first step toward obtaining these opportunities.

“At California College San Diego, we recognize that America requires skilled workers and we are committed to finding solutions that meet the needs of both our students and our communities,” said Eric Juhlin, CEO of CollegeAmerica Services, Inc., which encompasses California College San Diego. “We designed the Good Neighbor Initiative as a way to help people in our community get education and training that can improve their lives, help them support their families and contribute to the economy. Since our soft launch in 2011, we have already seen this initiative create meaningful changes in the lives of many people.”

More than 10,000 people have already investigated courses and workshops offered through this initiative, creating numerous success stories. In addition to GED certificate preparation, courses include nurse aid and CNA exam preparation, phlebotomy, computer skills and employment workshops. Courses are offered selectively at campuses in California.3

For more information about the Good Neighbor Initiative, please visitwww.goodneighborinitiative.com or contact Jamie Stum at Jamie.stum@thomasarts.com or 714-702-0486.

*The Good Neighbor Initiative is not included in California College San Diego’s scope of accreditation.
1National Commission on Adult Literacy. (2008). Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis in the U.S. workforce. New York.
2General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education. (2008). Economic and noneconomic outcomes for GED credential recipients. Washington, D.C.
3All courses are not offered at all locations. Check with your local campus for details.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education® and may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the American Council on Education.

About California College San Diego
Educating professionals for more than 30 years, California College San Diego (CCSD) provides career-focused higher education to students in Southern California. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, and graduate degree programs in healthcare and business, California College San Diego is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher education opportunities in its communities, CCSD also provides free GED® preparation and other courses through its through its Good Neighbor Initiative.* California College San Diego has a main campus in San Diego, a branch campus in San Marcos and a satellite campus in National City. For more information, please call 801-312-0079. California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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