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San Diego City College Class Trains Homeless Services Workforce
Thursday, November 12, 2020
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A new class at San Diego City College prepares students for jobs that involve helping people experiencing homelessness find housing.
The San Diego Housing Commission worked with the college to create the class that will train future housing coordinators, peer mentors and case managers within homeless services organizations.
"The majority of my students who are taking this class right now, they know first hand what this is like to live in unstable housing. To live in their cars. And honestly, that passion and that lived experience is what's carrying them on," Kirin Macapugay who teaches the Homelessness Program for Engaged Educational Resources class said.
In the entry-level class, students learn about local, state and federal policies that impact the industry, the roles of homeless services organizations in the county and the needed skills to work in the field.
Macapugay joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the goals of the new class.
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