Mission Language &
Vocational School, Inc.

2929 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 622-5432


Between Harrison & Bryant Streets


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About Us


Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS) has been in continuous operation as a community-based education center for over 47 years, administering federal, state, and locally funded programs. Each year the school enrolls over 300 students, and has an annual operating budget of $1.25 million. More than 70% of graduating students continue to be employed after one year, managing to escape the poverty cycle and become self-sufficient, productive individuals in their communities.

Since the school began as the Centro Social Obrero in 1962, more than 28,500 low-income, adult students have been placed in jobs. MLVS’ courses are licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, and certified by the Eligible Training Provider’s List (ETPL). MLVS is recognized as an innovator in Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) and an expert in job skills training. We offer job-specific training programs in office technology, healthcare, and culinary arts. Up to 150 youth are served annually in MLVS after-school and summer programs for at-risk middle- and high-school aged students. In addition, the school’s bi-lingual, multi-cultural staff provide career guidance, counseling, job placement, and referral services for legal, childcare, health, and housing assistance.

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Approval to Operate

Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS), is a private non-profit institution, is in compliance with minimum state standards, and is granted institutional approval to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to the California Education Code, Sections 94909(a)(2) and 94897(l).


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Classes are:
5 days a week Monday to Friday
7 hours a day