San Diego: UCSD brings prep classes to city libraries for area students

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” Students throughout the city will be able to take free classes that can help them get into college or land good jobs through a program that is being expanded by the San Diego Public Library and UC San Diego.“Every child in San Diego deserves a chance to go to college and get that great job,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday morning during a press conference at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library. “But sometimes the price tag puts courses that would give their college applications a boost, like robotics class or test prep, out of reach. This program is going to help kids from all over the city, from Skyline Hills to Rancho Penasquitos, as an opportunity to advance their education for free.”Classes, workshops and counseling sessions started in January in a pilot program at the Central and Malcolm X libraries, and so far have 150 middle and high school students have participated. Since the launch, the program has expanded into branch libraries in Mira Mesa, Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa and Tierrasanta.On Tuesday, Faulconer and top university and library officials announced that by the end of the year, the classes will be in branch libraries in City Heights, Linda Vista, Rancho Penasquitos, and Logan Heights, where classes begin Aug. 5.Within the next few years, similar classes and workshops could be offered in all 36 of the city’s branch libraries, said Library Department Director Misty Jones.”