Go to College Without a High School Diploma or GED

For whatever reason, you didn’t graduate. No high school diploma. No GED. Understandably, you’re probably not feeling too good about your future job possibilities. But what if you could still go to college without a high school diploma or GED? Where can I go to college without a GED or high school diploma in California, you ask?

Summit College. When you enroll in Summit’s ECP (Eligible Career Pathways programs), you actually take college courses without a high school diploma. Summit’s ECP also includes high school completion programs so you can get both a diploma and a college education concurrently. That’s a win-win.

What is the career pathways program at Summit?

Summit College knows how important a solid education is as a foundation for a good future. Summit believes educational opportunities should be available to all student learners—even those who don’t have a high school diploma. The high school career pathways program gives eligible students (those who take a short entrance exam) without a diploma to enroll in a select training programs at Summit College and concurrently earn their high school diploma at no additional cost.

What training programs are included in the career pathways for high school students?

Summit College has five programs included in the ECP program: Medical Assistant Administrative & Clinical; Payroll, AP/AR & Human Resources; Electrician; HVAC; and Welding. All train students for in-demand professions.


• Medical Assistant Administrative & Clinical

As a Medical Assistant, you will play a vital role in any medical facility, assisting doctors and healthcare colleagues with patient treatment, as well as office management. Once you complete Summit’s program, you will have entry-level skills, such as:

  • Greeting patients
  • Scheduling appointments and tests
  • Updating and maintaining electronic medical records
  • Taking patients’ vitals, such as heart rate, temperature and blood pressure
  • Processing insurance claim forms
  • Recording patients’ medical histories

• Payroll, AP/AR & Human Resources

Get a head start on your business career when you train for a certificate in Payroll, AP/AR & Human Resources. The skills you’ll learn should prepare you for an entry-level position in payroll, accounting or human resources and the foundation of a business career:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll procedures
  • Computer skills
  • Quick Books
  • Accounting

• Electrician

Can you think of a location that doesn’t need electricians? No? That’s why becoming an electrician could be a great career option. You can work for a contractor or even be self-employed. Here’s what you can expect to do in your career:

  • Repair and maintain electrical systems
  • Examine electrical units
  • Provide customer service
  • Communicate with clients


As an HVAC—Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning—technician, you’ll learn about residential and commercial environmental systems, HVAC system design, and electrical systems and components. When you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Install, operate and maintain residential and commercial HVAC systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC systems
  • Clean and adjust HVAC equipment
  • Test and tune up HVAC systems

• Welding

There’s a need for welders in industry, manufacturing, construction and even underwater. Summit’s Welding program will train you for an entry-level position, teaching you skills such as:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Flux cored arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding for pipe and tubing
  • Using tools that include shielded metal arc and gas metal arc equipment
Which Summit College locations offer the high school career pathways programs?

The ECP program is available in San Bernardino, El Cajon and Santa Ana locations. While you study for your chosen career training program, you’ll earn your diploma through an accredited private adult high school diploma program provider that has partnered with Summit.

A rewarding career—and a high school diploma—can be right around the corner for you when you take advantage of Summit’s wonderful learning opportunity: Eligible Career Pathway programs.

Contact Summit College today to learn more. Classes are starting soon.