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December 19, 2014
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (October to November 2014) shows an increase in both the civilian labor force and civilian employment in the county, while civilian unemployment decreased. Highlights from the report include:
December 12, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership is excited to announce that Andy Hall has been named the organization’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer. A new role with SDWP, Hall will oversee adult and youth programs, grant/program development and other key duties. 
December 10, 2014
Paul Roben is the Senior Director at the Office of Technology Development and the Director of Business Development at the Salk Institute. He is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. Here he shares why he joined the WIB and the workforce issues he is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
December 08, 2014
Arlyne Rodriguez joined the YMCA San Diego’s Urban Teacher Fellows (UTF) program in 2013. UTF assists students who want to become future educators in underserved urban neighborhoods in San Diego. The program supports students while they are enrolled as a liberal arts major at San Diego City College. Once the students complete the transfer requirements for liberal arts, they gain automatic admission to San Diego State University (SDSU) to continue their education.
December 08, 2014
The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) held its annual Economic Outlook Forum at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on Dec. 5. Dr. Lynn Reaser, Chief Economist at FBEI, provided an overview of 2014 and then offered insights about the 2015 economic forecasts for the global, national, state and local economies. 
December 02, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership is proud to announce that CEO Peter Callstrom and several SDWP board members are finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Awards. The eighth-annual awards recognize San Diego leaders for their outstanding professional achievements and their contributions to the community. 
December 01, 2014
The Urban League of San Diego County (ULSDC) has been empowering communities and changing lives throughout San Diego County for more than 60 years. Over time, ULSDC has built a strong reputation for connecting job seekers and employers, and it has even utilized SDWP research to create programs that train participants to be placed in in-demand jobs and industries.
November 21, 2014
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (September to October 2014) shows an increase in both the civilian labor force and civilian employment, while civilian unemployment remained constant. Highlights from the report include:
November 20, 2014
It was a full house at the November San Diego Workforce Investment Board (WIB) where an employer offered a success story and new members were sworn in.
November 12, 2014
The Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) is a community-based association focused on ending homelessness in San Diego and charged with overseeing millions of dollars in federal funding under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program.
November 10, 2014
On Nov. 7, the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation (PCWI) brought together employers from San Diego’s priority sectors along with workforce development professionals and advocates at Idea Jam 2014: Innovating for the Future. The event provided an in-depth look at the industries that drive San Diego, how those jobs will change in the future, and how we can be ready for that change. 
November 10, 2014
Kevin Crawford is the President and CEO of United Way of San Diego County. He is also a member of SDWP’s Policy Board. Here he tells SDWP about his first job, the workforce issues he is most passionate about, and the accomplishments he is most proud of in his time with United Way.  SDWP: What issues are you most passionate about as they relate to workforce development?
November 10, 2014
Luis Salvatierra finished a successful career in the Navy as a technician working with explosives. He needed to find civilian employment in San Diego and was interested in the information technology field. Embarking on a new career is challenging, especially in a competitive field like IT and for a veteran. How was he going to succeed? 
November 07, 2014
Two members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Leadership Team—Emilia Gabriele, Vice President and CFO, and Jessica Mosier, Director of Youth Programs—were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards on Nov. 5 at a reception and luncheon at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.
November 05, 2014
WIA is now WIOA. But what does that mean? That’s the question that Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association (CWA), focused on during the CWA presentation “WIOA—An Overview of Legislation, Options and Implementation” at San Diego State University on Nov. 3." title="<--break-->">
November 04, 2014
Using unique methodology for a complex industry, the California Community Colleges Life Sciences/Biotechnology Initiative, the Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research, and the Bio-Link NSF/ATE Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences formed a project team to obtain actionable labor market information (LMI) and gap analysis for middle skills jobs in California. The outcome of a full-year effort, the report rolls up data both statewide and regionally.   The unique research approaches include:
November 03, 2014
With Comic-Con pre-registration just around the corner, SDWP reviewed the convention’s impact on San Diego. Although it is not possible to capture data on all jobs created specifically for Comic-Con, it is possible to review Comic-Con’s impact on the San Diego Convention Center workforce.
October 31, 2014
On Oct. 30, the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) celebrated the work of its industry advisory members by hosting them at a special appreciation event held at the Handlery Hotel. More than 100 committee members and staff attended the event, which featured a keynote by SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom. The SDCCD values the efforts of its dedicated industry partners who help them to better serve students and set them on a course for successful careers.
October 30, 2014
Last program year (2013–2014), the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) began offering services to help companies avert layoffs through the Employee Retention Program, a pilot project coordinated by SDWP’s Rapid Response team. The program was developed specifically to retain existing jobs in San Diego in the manufacturing industry sector.
October 29, 2014
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom attended the Close It Summit on October 27 and 28 in Washington, D.C. The summit was a national call to action for those engaged in creating new pathways from education to employment.  Building on momentum from the inaugural 2013 event, Close It 2014 focused on four key issues critical to jobs and employability in the U.S.:
October 22, 2014
The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) hosted its 24th-annual Economic Summit in October, focusing on the region’s economic outlook, priority sectors and employment trends. “The South County EDC provides the Summit as an opportunity for attendees to learn about our bi-national economy,” says Cindy Gompper Graves, President and CEO of the SCEDC. “We are honored to such high caliber speakers participate in our event.”
October 17, 2014
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (August to September 2014) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force, civilian employment and civilian unemployment. Highlights from the report include:
October 16, 2014
San Diego was recently selected to receive an implementation award from the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions’ Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF). This three-year $500,000 grant to the San Diego Youth Development Office (YDO) will provide backbone support to the San Diego Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (PATHWAYS). San Diego joins 20 cities in a national cohort to address the issues associated with the rise in Opp
October 14, 2014
On Thursday, Oct. 9, the Downtown San Diego Partnership celebrated its 52nd Annual Alonzo Awards, honoring the people, places and projects that have made significant contributions to the revitalization and advancement of Downtown. The event was held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.
October 08, 2014
Scott Sherman is a member of the San Diego City Council, representing District 7. He is also a member of SDWP’s Policy Board. Here he tells SDWP about his first job and shares the accomplishments he is most proud of in his time as Councilmember. SDWP: What issues are you most passionate about as they relate to workforce development?
October 07, 2014
David Craven had worked in sales and management for six years at one of San Diego’s prestigious auto dealerships. But in December 2009, mired in the depths of the Great Recession, the carmaker closed its doors, simultaneously closing the doors on Craven’s career in this industry.  Craven was initially excited about the opportunity to move into something new, but looking back now acknowledges that he was incredibly naïve about the job climate. “At that point, I knew little about the mostly desolate employment prospects awaiting older, displaced ‘white-collar’ workers,” he says.
October 06, 2014
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Workforce Development Council (WDC) meeting in Washington D.C. last week where over 100 elected officials, workforce development leaders and agency representatives joined to discuss workforce development issues. Topics included workforce system best practices, apprenticeships, community college partnerships and a detailed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) update.
October 03, 2014
Presentation materials from the Workforce Conference are available to download. Thank you to all the speakers, panelists and attendees for making the Workforce Conference a huge success! The full research reports can be found here. -- Join the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) on October 2, 2014, for a one-day conference covering in-depth workforce data on San Diego’s five priority sectors:
October 01, 2014
Ellen Greer is chief of the Southern Workforce Services Division at the California Employment Development Department (EDD). She is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Here we caught up with Greer about what motivated her to join the WIB and what workforce issues she is most passionate about.  SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
October 01, 2014
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Workforce Partnership has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) for a five-year project serving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with disabilities in San Diego County. SDWP was one of 11 recipients in nine states to receive the latest round of WIF awards. DOL announced the highly competitive awards, totaling $50.7 million, last week.
September 26, 2014
More than 50 young adults attended the CONNECT2Careers (C2C) End-Of-Summer Celebration on Sept. 16. Held at Junior Achievement San Diego, the event marked the conclusion of the 2014 youth summer employment program.
September 25, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership has released our Annual Report 2013-2014, highlighting the steps the organization made this past year toward realizing our vision of every business in San Diego County having access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker having access to meaningful employment. The report features SDWP’s collaborations with funded partners, enabling us to serve more than 14,000 County residents in their pursuit of quality careers. 
September 23, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership has received proclamations by the San Diego City Council and County Board of Supervisors naming September Workforce Development Month and recognizing SDWP's leadership in workforce development and providing work-readiness training to San Diegans for 40 years. The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors presented the first proclamation during its Sept. 16 meeting (top photo). The City presented its proclamation during its Council meeting on Sept. 23.
September 19, 2014
Today, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a decline in unemployment and an increase in employment numbers for San Diego from July 2014 to August 2014. Highlights from the report include: • San Diego's unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percent • Civilian labor force increased by 5,500 • Civilian employment increased by 12,000 • Civilian unemployment decreased by 6,600 • 3,500 nonfarm jobs were added to the region • The industry with the largest month-over employment loss was Leisure and Hospitality with -2,700 jobs
September 11, 2014
Earlier this week, San Diego Workforce Partnership CEO Peter Callstrom joined a bi-partisan delegation of more than 100 business, community and elected leaders on an advocacy trip to Washington D.C. SDWP Policy Board Chair and County Supervisor, Ron Roberts, and Policy Board Vice Chair, Myrtle Cole, were two of our elected leaders in attendance. 
September 10, 2014
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) experienced another successful summer connecting hundreds of youth with jobs. Youth will mark the winding down of the 2014 program at the C2C End-Of-Summer Celebration event on Sept. 16 at Junior Achievement San Diego. C2C connected 334 youth with jobs at 176 employers throughout San Diego County this summer, exceeding last year’s numbers of 202 youth and 42 employers. 
September 09, 2014
Earlier this month, the California Workforce Association (CWA) annual Meeting of the Minds conference brought together workforce professionals from the Department of Labor’s Region 6 (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada) along with professionals from other states across the nation.
September 04, 2014
Ryan walked into the South Metro Career Center in January 2014 with an uplifting and very pleasant demeanor about him. As he began a conversation with a one of the center’s career agents, Ryan expressed that he had some concerns as to whether he would be able to find employment due to his recent reentry after serving time in prison.
September 03, 2014
Krista Dupps is an attorney with The Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group. She is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Here we caught up with Dupps about what motivated her to join the WIB and what workforce issues she is most passionate about.  SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
September 01, 2014
September has been named Workforce Development Month in the County and City of San Diego. The San Diego Workforce Partnership will receive proclamations by the City Council and County Board of Supervisors recognizing its leadership in workforce development and providing work-readiness training to San Diegans for 40 years. The County Board of Supervisors proclamation will be Tuesday, Sept. 16, and the City Council proclamation will be Tuesday, Sept. 23.
August 27, 2014
Platform to Employment (P2E) is an innovative, nationally recognized initiative that focuses on the need for long-term unemployed (LTU) individuals to return to work and employers’ need to build a strong workforce. First launched in 2011 by The WorkPlace in Connecticut, the P2E 2013 program in San Diego offered LTU individuals intensive and comprehensive training, and employers the opportunity to evaluate P2E participants as potential employees risk-free. In 2013, SDWP enrolled 24 participants in its P2E pilot program:
August 26, 2014
Last month, the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) wrapped up its 10th summer of providing high school students biotechnology laboratory training and placing them in summer research internships. It also concluded its sixth summer connecting youth to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers through the Introductory Life Sciences Experience (ILSE).  
August 25, 2014
On Aug. 22, San Diego Workforce Partnership CEO Peter Callstrom was featured on the U-T's Community Spotlight radio program, hosted by Drew Schlosberg. Callstrom covered a variety of workforce topics, including youth employment, in-demand jobs, long-term unemployment, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and more.
August 21, 2014
Dr. Najwan Al Ani practiced medicine in Jordan and war-torn areas of Iraq for seven years before coming to the United States in 2010. She knew it would be a long process to achieve her dream of practicing medicine here in America, as foreign-trained doctors must redo a significant portion of their training, pass American licensing exams and compete for residency positions. But Najwan had help on her side.
August 15, 2014
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (June to July 2014) shows increases in the civilian labor force as well as in civilian unemployment and civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
August 11, 2014
Second Chance is helping change the lives of some of the most underserved populations in the region, including at-risk youth, the homeless, recovering addicts and formerly incarcerated individuals reentering the community. 
August 08, 2014
Each year the Passport to Life Career and Education Expo serves youth who are or have been on probation. The goal is to provide these young men and women with ideas, tools, motivation, encouragement and hope for their future. On August 8, more than 800 youth gathered at San Diego City College to utillize resources to help them successfully transition out of the judicial system.
August 06, 2014
Supervisor Dave Roberts is the Third District Supervisor for the County of San Diego. He is also a member of SDWP’s Consortium Policy Board. Here he tells SDWP about his first job and shares the workforce issues he is most passionate about.   SDWP: What issues are you most passionate about as they relate to workforce development?
August 05, 2014
On Aug. 4, KPBS aired a segment on summer youth employment that featured San Diego Workforce Partnership President and CEO, Peter Callstrom, and Manpower San Diego CEO, Phil Blair. Callstrom discussed the importance of programs like CONNECT2Careers in helping young people prepare for and find summer jobs.
August 05, 2014
Arianna first came to Escondido Education COMPACT in 2013, after years of personal struggles that involved substance abuse and incarceration at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego. COMPACT’s North County Youth Career Network Recovery and Re-Engagement program provides at-risk youth in North County with work-readiness training, establishing individual career pathways and, ultimately, linkages to employment.
August 04, 2014
ACCESS Inc. was founded in 1967 with a mission to address the needs of San Diego’s most vulnerable youth, and help them achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. ACCESS offers a variety of programs serving different youth populations, including transition age, at-risk youth, recent or unassimilated immigrants, and victims of domestic violence, trafficking or other forms of exploitation.
July 31, 2014
Dr. Sunita Cooke is the president of Grossmont College. She is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Here we caught up with Dr. Cooke about what motivated her to join the WIB and what workforce issues she is most passionate about.  SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
July 28, 2014
On July 25, more than 30 teachers, biotech industry leaders and Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) supporters gathered at San Diego Miramar College to hear concluding presentations from the latest class of teachers to complete the LSSI program. The presentations provided an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs and biotech company externships.
July 25, 2014
Earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This marks a positive step in workforce development, as WIOA is a victory for job seekers and employers. The Act promises new efficiencies and the ability to innovate in order to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world.  President Obama noted, “The bill I’m signing ... will connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.” 
July 24, 2014
SDWP is proud to announce that Research Manager Tina Ngo has been selected to participate in LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT San Diego program. 
July 22, 2014
Five new members of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB) were sworn in prior to the July 17 meeting. 
July 21, 2014
For those with the lived experience of mental illness, employment can be a crucial component of their individual recovery. Work brings feelings of hope, self-determination, self-respect, social connections, responsibility and personal empowerment.
July 18, 2014
Today the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released the monthly unemployment report (May to June 2014). Highlights from the San Diego region include:
July 14, 2014
Potential vendors, businesses and service providers are invited to attend a “How to Do Business with SDWP” workshop hosted by the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Procurement Team.  Each year, SDWP purchases professional consulting and contracting services, equipment, food, office and cleaning supplies, temporary staffing, research reports and more. SDWP also releases Request For Proposals (RFP) focused on youth and adult job training programs.
July 14, 2014
WIB Member Profile: Stephanie Murphy Director San Diego Housing Commission Achievement Academy
July 11, 2014
The YMCA offers a broad range of activities and services for youth and adults alike, but one area of service that’s often overlooked is its investment in workforce development programs like the San Diego Urban Teacher Fellows (UTF) program—a program that assists students who want to become future educators in underserved urban neighborhood
July 09, 2014
SAN DIEGO – Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) today, voting to continue the important work the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) has funded since 1998.  The House of Representatives passed the bill today with a vote of 415-6. The Senate passed WIOA with a 95-3 vote on June 25. WIOA now heads to the President to be signed into law. When final, it will reauthorize WIA for six years (2015-2020).
July 07, 2014
Last month, 32 students completed the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) pre-internship “bootcamp” training at Miramar and Grossmont colleges.
July 03, 2014
Last month, CONNECT2Careers students took part in the youth employment program’s work-readiness workshops, which are designed to prepare them for success in the workplace. The students learned tips for résumé writing and interviewing as well as how to present themselves in a professional setting.
July 02, 2014
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom attended the 82nd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Dallas last month. A broad range of issues were addressed, including the economic health of the nation’s cities, the minimum wage, immigration, early childhood education and school governance, municipal bonds, energy efficiency, transportation and infrastructure investment, housing, help for returning veterans, and the intersection among sports, race and politics in America.
July 01, 2014
Last month Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair presented his book “Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting” to America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) managers and staff from across the region,
June 27, 2014
April Greenwood is a wife and mother of six. Prior to learning about the training and resources available through the Bridge to Employment program, Greenwood was a stay-at-home mom receiving assistance from San Diego County. She spent what free time she had researching how to build a career that could help her support her family.
June 25, 2014
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (April to May 2014) shows some encouraging figures. Highlights from the report include:
June 10, 2014
The City of San Diego approved $200,000 in funding for CONNECT2Careers (C2C), a youth summer employment initiative administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). The funding was included in Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s “One San Diego” budget.
June 09, 2014
Not long ago, Eugene Beronilla could sum up his employment situation as “overqualified and underemployed.” Fortunately for Beronilla, who had been looking for work for over a year, this happens to be the name of one of the workshops available to job seekers at the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated by KRA and funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). 
June 06, 2014
California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a drop in San Diego’s unemployment rate from 6.9 percent in March to 6.0 percent in April 2014.
June 05, 2014
The Price Scholarship Program helps prepare students for the job market by encouraging and assisting them in obtaining a certificate or an associate’s degree from San Diego City College within two to three years. The students each receive a $10,000 scholarship for their education as well as structured community volunteer experiences with local nonprofit agencies.
June 04, 2014
The Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) kicks off this month with 36 students starting a summer job at San Diego's top research companies, 58 teachers going back into the classroom to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum, and the announcement that an LSSI alumnus has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.
June 03, 2014
On May 28, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) staff participated in the “Service, Sacrifice and Transition” event, a tribute to U.S. military and veterans.
June 02, 2014
WIB Member Profile: Steve Redding Talent Support Manager UPS
June 01, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services are holding a stakeholder focus group to discuss expanding employment opportunities for people with mental health challenges. Members of the business community who have experience in hiring processes are invited to attend and share feedback related to improving the employment framework for this group of job seekers.   Event Details
May 29, 2014
On May 21 a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced that they reached a deal to improve the nation’s workforce development system through new legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA is a compromise between the SKILLS Act, which passed the House of Representatives in March 2013, and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (WIA), which passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in July 2013. 
May 22, 2014
San Diego Workforce Partnership President and CEO Peter Callstrom has been named to the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) governance board. The RCCC is a community-based forum focused on homelessness in the San Diego region. The group consists of representatives of the 18 cities within the county, nonprofit service providers and other interested parties. The group meets on a monthly basis to identify gaps in homeless services, establish funding priorities and pursue an overall systemic approach to addressing homelessness.  
May 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO (May 21, 2014) – CONNECT2Careers (C2C), a youth summer employment initiative administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), has announced it reached its goal of 1,000 youth applicants for its 2014 summer program. Additionally, on May 20 the San Diego City Council approved $40,000 in Community Projects, Programs and Services (CPPS) funds for C2C. The funds will provide work-readiness workshops for the applicants and program support to assist employers hiring youth this summer. CPPS funding was allocated from the following districts:
May 16, 2014
Last month San Diego Workforce Partnership staff attended the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) annual conference in Denver. NAWDP advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities and cutting-edge tools to excel in serving job seekers and business.
May 14, 2014
More than 900 San Diego youth have applied to take part in the CONNECT2Careers (C2C) 2014 summer employment program. An initiative of SDWP, C2C prepares our region’s future workforce by providing youth with the education, skills and support necessary to obtain and maintain a job and by connecting them to meaningful paid work experiences.
May 12, 2014
On May 8 and 9, SDWP President and CEO Peter Callstrom attended the STEP Central’s 2014 STEPWork Meeting at the University of Central Florida, Harris Engineering Center in Orlando. The conference brings together leaders from the education and workforce worlds to address science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.  
May 09, 2014
Ron Roberts is a San Diego County Supervisor, representing District 4. He is also the chair of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Policy Board.  SDWP: How have you seen our region's workforce challenges change during your time with the Policy Board?
May 07, 2014
For veterans, a key component of the transition from military to civilian life is finding and maintaining employment. With this in mind, the San Diego-based National Veterans Transition Services Inc. (NVTSI) developed REBOOT Workshops to help members of the military navigate all elements of their transition, address their fears and “re-boot” their skills. " title="<--break-->">
May 06, 2014
The California Employment Development Department released the latest unemployment numbers for the San Diego region, indicating that the unemployment rate declined from 7.0 percent in February 2014 to 6.9 percent in March 2014. Comparatively, California and the nation showed an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively, in March 2014.
May 05, 2014
SDWP is proud to announce that David Graham, vice president of Informational Technology is a finalist in the 2014 San Diego Magazine Top Tech Exec Awards, which honor outstanding IT executives in San Diego.
May 01, 2014
WIB Member Profile: Louis Song Co-founder & CEO PROVEN, Inc.
April 30, 2014
Eddie is a nice, respectful young man who was diagnosed with a learning disability in his early childhood. He simply could not stay focused at times. When he first joined Able-Disabled Advocacy (ADA) in July 2013, he had little support from home; this kept him from entering the job market.
April 29, 2014
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom was named co-chair of the Communications Task Force for The United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC). Established in 1977, the WDC works with mayors' representatives to influence Congress and the U.S.
April 28, 2014
San Diego hosted the California Workforce Association’s (CWA) annual conference April 22–24. The two-and-a-half-day conference gathered more than 300 workforce professionals with the mission of addressing the theme “Meeting the Challenge: Enhancing our Capacity to Impact Income Mobility.” 
April 09, 2014
WIB Member Profile: Becky QuinnHR Manager and Corporate Communications LiaisonQuality Controlled Manufacturing Inc.
April 09, 2014
Two SDWP-funded programs—CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and the Life Science Summer Institute (LSSI)—are participating in the San Diego Foundation’s giveBIG online networking and giving event on May 6.
April 09, 2014
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. When an emergency arises abroad, the IRC travels to the scene to help survivors recover and rebuild their communities. IRC is at work in more that 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities. 
April 09, 2014
SDWP’s summer jobs program, Connect2Careers (C2C), is now accepting applications from young adults, ages 16-21, who reside within the City of San Diego. " title="<--break-->"> An initiative of SDWP, C2C prepares our region’s future workforce by creating meaningful paid work experiences beyond the typical summer job.
April 09, 2014
Christian Felipe Oldade, a junior at Crawford High School, had years of behavioral and truancy issues that resulted in multiple suspensions and other disciplinary action.
April 09, 2014
There’s a new way to connect with SDWP—on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is a professional network that allows workers and job seekers to connect, and that offers access to job listings and industry news.  SDWP’s LinkedIn page is home to workforce news, labor market data, partner program information, event listings and SDWP job openings.
April 04, 2014
SDWP colleagues joined more than 1,300 members and staff of local workforce boards at NAWB Forum 2014, March 29–April 1, in Washington, D.C. The annual conference of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) brings together leaders in workforce development, economic development, education, business and industry. 
April 02, 2014
On March 28, more than 420 guests—including pre-K-16 educators, administrators, arts and STEM nonprofit leaders, scientific research centers, business leaders and regional policymakers—attended the first-annual STEAMConnect Conference in San Diego. The event focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.
April 01, 2014
Potential vendors, businesses and service providers are invited to attend a “How to Do Business with SDWP” workshop hosted by the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Procurement Team.  Each year, SDWP purchases professional consulting and contracting services, equipment, food, office and cleaning supplies, temporary staffing, research reports and more. SDWP also releases Request For Proposals (RFP) focused on youth and adult job training programs.
April 01, 2014
SDWP announced its Policy Board members for calendar year 2014. Supervisor Ron Roberts will serve as board chair and City of San Diego Council Member Myrtle Cole will serve as vice-chair. Policy Board members include:
March 28, 2014
San Diego County has the 10th lowest unemployment rate of all counties in California, at 7 percent (see chart “Unemployment Rate Historical Trend”). With a total labor force of 1.6 million, 1.4 million people are employed and 111,000 are looking for work. The county with the lowest unemployment is Marin County, with 4.7 percent; the county with the highest unemployment is Colusa County with 25.9 percent unemployment. California’s unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percent to 8 percent in February. San Diego’s industries added 9,500 jobs over the month, including:
March 27, 2014
On March 25, SDWP President and CEO Peter Callstrom was the featured speaker at CSU San Marcos’ “In the Executive’s Chair” course, which offers students the opportunity to hear from top business leaders about their careers and companies.
March 27, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Research Department has hosted several In-Demand Jobs workshops for audiences throughout the county. The team presented the findings of the In-Demand Jobs biannual report, which analyzes the top 50 growing occupations in San Diego. The report projects both long-term (5-year, from Bureau of Labor Statistics data) and short-term (12-month, employer reported) growth for each of the top occupations.
March 25, 2014
Supervisor Greg Cox was honored at SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board meeting held last month at San Pasqual Academy. SDWP President and CEO Peter Callstrom gave Supervisor Cox a commemorative plaque and publicly thanked him for his leadership as SDWP Policy Board Chair and for his long-time service as a board member and workforce development advocate in the region.
March 21, 2014
Jorge Alcaraz, 21, joined the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Connect2Work program in August 2013.
March 12, 2014
The San Pasqual Academy (SPA) in Escondido is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. The Academy is located in North County and provides foster teens with a stable, caring home; a quality, individualized education; and the skills needed for independent living.
March 11, 2014
WIB Member Profile: Kevin LandryPresident & CEONew Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California
March 10, 2014
Career counselors, job developers, educators, and community associates are invited to join the SDWP Research Department as it presents the findings of the In-Demand Jobs bi-annual report at career centers throughout the county. The report analyzes the top 50 growing occupations in San Diego, providing attendees valuable knowledge about workforce trends.
March 07, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Research Department kicked off its first In-Demand Jobs Workshop on March 6 at the South Metro Career Center. The event was the first in a series of four workshops to present the findings of the Research Department’s In-Demand Jobs biannual report, which analyzes the top 50 growing occupations in San Diego. 
March 04, 2014
CONNECT announced that Greg McKee has joined the organization as its new CEO. Greg has nearly 30 years in the healthcare and investment management and banking industries, including co-founding a specialty drug company and serving as chairman and CEO of Akela Pharma Inc. He succeeds Duane Roth who passed away last year from a bicycling accident.
March 04, 2014
Last fall, 20-year-old Chelsea Ross needed help landing a job. Like many young adults in San Diego, Chelsea had little work experience but was highly motivated to finish her education and start a career.
March 03, 2014
Veterans’ employment issues were the focus of discussion at a State Senate informational hearing convened on Feb. 28 at the San Diego Central Library.
February 28, 2014
Last month Ian Gordon, director of the San Diego Youth Development Office—which is supported by the San Diego Workforce Partnership—participated in the Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact workshop in San Francisco. The event was hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, and the Tamarack Institute. 
February 28, 2014
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) selected Qualcomm as a W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award Honoree. The recognition is part of the WIB Excellence Awards. 
February 25, 2014
On Feb. 24, SDWP, Amgen and the Southern California Biotechnology Center at San Diego Miramar College hosted Congressman Scott Peters for a tour of a Mira Mesa High School biotechnology class to watch an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching program in action.
February 10, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is excited to announce the launch of our new Twitter handle @SDWorkforce. Launched in January, @SDWorkforce provides useful information related to a variety of workforce issues and events, including jobs reports, long-term unemployment benefits, and economic events and job fairs. 
February 06, 2014
Career counselors, job developers, educators, and community associates are invited to join the SDWP Research Department as it presents the findings of the bi-annual report In-Demand Jobs at career centers throughout the County. The report analyzes the top 50 growing occupations in San Diego and attendees will gain valuable knowledge about workforce trends.
February 05, 2014
On Feb. 28, Senator Ben Hueso will convene an informational hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the revised Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. The event will be held at the San Diego Central Library. 
February 05, 2014
Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) is accepting applications through April 4 for its 2014 summer program.
February 04, 2014
San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) announced the appointment of SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom to its Board of Directors.Peter is joining a board of 13 who are responsible for governance and ensuring operations reflect SDG’s mission and vision. 
February 03, 2014
SDWP staff members recently returned from the California Workforce Association’s (CWA) 14th Annual Youth Conference. SDWP Manager of Special Projects Cindy Perry joined Karen Belcher, senior apprenticeship consultant/San Diego, Division of Apprenticeship Standards, in leading a workshop on the opportunities apprenticeship training provides at-risk youth.
January 31, 2014
In January 2013, the unemployment rate in San Diego County hit 8.6 percent, and has since dropped to 6.4 percent as of December 2013. While it is easy to assume that a lower unemployment rate indicates an improving job market, there are several factors influencing unemployment rates that suggest otherwise. 
January 30, 2014
To solve a problem, we must first really understand the scope of that problem. That is the thinking behind WeALLCount, the annual point-in-time homeless count that takes place throughout San Diego County.
January 30, 2014
The San Diego Workforce Partnership funds more than 20 organizations that provide work readiness training throughout San Diego County, including New Haven Youth and Family Services (New Haven).
January 27, 2014
A new report by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is shedding light on the number of individuals and families living in poverty in the San Diego region. SANDAG compiled poverty data from the U.S. Census survey from 2007 to 2011, finding that more than 387,000 people in the county live at or below the federal poverty level, including 13 percent of individuals and 9 percent of families.
January 15, 2014
2013 Federal Extended Unemployment Benefits were set to expire on December 28, 2013, affecting 18,000 San Diegans, 222,000 Californians and 1.3 million people nationwide.
January 09, 2014
On January 9, 2014 the San Diego Business Journal hosted its annual Economic Trends Event that focused on key issues, challenges and opportunities for our region in 2014. Panelists (pictured) included:
January 09, 2014
San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) offers Digital Literacy Training—a new, innovative program in partnership with Fab Lab San Diego and ReCenter—funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
January 08, 2014
The United States Conference of Mayors is hosting the annual Workforce development Council (WDC) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 22-23, 2014.
January 08, 2014
Need help tailoring your resume for the new year? Kick off 2014 by attending the Résumé Strategies workshop at the new downtown San Diego Central Library location. 
January 07, 2014
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January 06, 2014
Are you following us on Twitter? Have you “liked” us on Facebook? Learn more about workforce development issues impacting our region. SDWP provides daily posts on Twitter, including the latest labor market data, upcoming events, and program updates.
January 06, 2014
Peter Callstrom, President & CEO of SDWP, is one of 20 commissioners that serve on the City of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.
January 03, 2014
The United Way of San Diego County's Doug Sawyer is retiring after eight years as the President and CEO. Sawyer led the United Way through a transformation – strategically investing to improve early grade reading, financial self-sufficiency, and ending homelessness. Last month, the Board of Directors and many community leaders joined Doug to thank him for his service.
January 02, 2014
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) hosted a local workshop on its new California Competes Tax Credit. Following the dissolution of the state’s Enterprise Zone program in 2013, new programs have been created in its place under the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative (GEDI). GEDI consists of the following three main components: Manufacturing Equipment Sales Tax Exemption