February 25, 2024
César E. Chávez Campus in Barrio Logan, certainly one of seven SDCCE campuses. Photograph credit score: sdcce.edu/

The San Diego School of Persevering with Training has launched a pilot program to offer free cab rides for college kids battling primary wants.

The faculty calls the partnership, with United Taxi Staff of San Diego, the primary of its variety. College students will obtain $100 transportation vouchers.

The initiative, set to start in early February, features a small cohort of as much as 5 college students. It’s anticipated to broaden to 100 college students within the following weeks. Solely those that have signed up for SDCCE CARES, which presents college students primary wants help, are eligible.

The necessity is profound – 46% of SDCCE college students have incomes of lower than $10,000 per 12 months and one in three is unemployed, based on the faculty’s Workplace of Institutional, Effectiveness and Analysis.

“It’s essential that we meet the wants of our college students and meet the wants of our group,” stated SDCCE President Dr. Tina M. King. “It’s additionally crucial that we work with a company resembling United Taxi Staff of San Diego, whose members reside right here and in addition will profit from this program.”

United Taxi Staff of San Diego President Mikaiil Hussein agrees.

“That is about elevating everyone, our college students, our employees, our group,” he stated, noting that 94% of cab fares go on to drivers and their household.

Faculties within the area, together with SDCCE, have lengthy offered college students with discounted and cost-free bus and trolley passes. That is the first-time free cab rides are being provided.

The pilot advanced via discussions that started final summer season between King and former San Diego Group School Governing Board member Peter Zschiesche, who works with United Taxi Staff of San Diego as a monetary adviser and is a member of its board of administrators.

The pilot program’s $10,000 value is being funded by the California Group Faculties Chancellor’s Workplace by way of its primary wants initiatives.

“This isn’t supposed to be anybody’s major mode of transportation,” cautioned SDCCE Dean of Scholar Providers Michele Madrid Novak. “It’s meant for sure circumstances the place a pupil can’t get to or from a campus.”

Udayan Tandon, who works with United Taxi Staff of San Diego and is a pc science doctoral pupil at UC San Diego, is placing the ending touches on a brand new app, Journey United, for college kids participating within the pilot to hail a collaborating driver.

College students shall be supplied with voucher playing cards, and cab drivers will mark the price of every journey on the voucher. Every pupil participating within the pilot solely will get one $100 voucher. Tandon estimates the price of a 5- to 7-mile cab journey at $15 to $20.

SDCCE has been getting the phrase out to college students at spring semester welcome actions and by way of e-mail.

“In fact, we are able to’t serve all of our college students in the meanwhile with this modest funding useful resource, however it is a good begin and it’ll assist,” stated Madrid Novak.