Achieve your Education & Career Goals!

Students enrolled in CCD's Foundational Skills Institute have free access to career pathways navigation services. While you study for the GED® or HiSET® exams, we help you plan for a sustainable future.  

Career Pathways for FSI Students

  • Set a timeline to pass your GED® or HiSET® tests. 
  • Get help choosing and planning your career.
  • Find education and training options that work for you.
  • Participate in FREE workshops for your classes and career.
  • Discover ways to pay for your education and training with scholarships and grants.

Accelerated Bridge Services

  • One-on-one advice for a realistic career & education plan
  • Education and/or training program options: college, industry, and community opportunities
  • Scholarships and grants to pay for college or training
  • Resources to help you balance life/work/school 
  • Employment: job search help, resumes, interviewing, collaboration, professionalism
  • CCD college co-enrollment option (special requirements apply).

Accelerated Bridge Requirements

Students must be enrolled in Foundational Skills Institute (FSI) classes and also meet the following requirements:

  • Select a college or training program
  • Complete progress and attendance requirements for Level D/E 
  • Obtain instructor approval 
  • Attend the Jumpstart enrollment session
  • HSE students must pass 2-3 official GED® or HiSET® tests and be able to pass the remaining tests in 4-6 months 
  • ESL students must achieve college-level on the CCD ESL placement test 

NOTE:  Students seeking college co-enrollment must choose a high-demand certificate and pass the ATB Accuplacer tests to qualify for Pell Grants

Accelerated Bridge Options

After completing Accelerated requirements, FSI students may select from the following:

Bridge to Higher Education

  • Your goal is a degree in a liberal arts or STEM field
  • You are not interested in a high-demand certificate for immediate employment

Bridge to a Certificate or Certification

  • Your goal is to earn a certificate or industry certification 
  • You want to start work as soon as you can qualify
  • You want to learn essential skills for success in your career

Bridge to College ESL

  • You have a diploma, certificate, or degree from outside the United States
  • You want to enroll in a college program at CCD


  • All Accelerated services are included in the FSI program fee
  • Many training programs are available at no cost
  • Students planning to attend college usually qualify for scholarships and grants
  • Funding options are available through workforce resources for many training programs


Visit the Foundational Skills Institute on the 4th floor of the Confluence Building.

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