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December 30, 2015
With another year in the books, we’ve collected some milestones, highlights and accomplishments from 2015 to celebrate.
December 18, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (October 2015 to November 2015) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate, and an increase in the labor force and employment. 
December 16, 2015
On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, approximately 75 participants from the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) gathered at The Scripps Research Institute auditorium for an event called “Meet San Diego’s Future Scientists.” Students, parents, mentors and teachers came to acknowledge the students’ hard work, the sponsors and partners that made the opportunity possible, and to listen to students present their work during the opening and closing receptions.
December 11, 2015
Situated behind another outlet mall next to the fence separating the United States and Mexico, the new San Diego Outlets at the Border (opened October 2014) is not immediately obvious from the main road. Once you find it, however, you realize this small but mighty new establishment not only has great retail spaces, it also has a lot of great stories.
December 10, 2015
In 2015, the CONNECT2Careers team has had an opportunity to work with several community partners and build relationships with countless youth agencies across San Diego County. One of those partners is San Diego Job Corps who, through their residential program, serve just over 550 young adults ages 16-24, by offering hands on training in 18 different trade industries and an opportunity to obtain a high school diploma.
December 10, 2015
Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County works with students in grades K-12 on workforce preparedness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Each program is designed to teach students how to get a job, start a business and learn the basics of how money works. The San Diego County division has been serving youth since 1950 — reaching over 56,000 students last year alone.
December 09, 2015
Looking for a large barrel for bio-diesel and not finding any in San Diego, Starr Skinner decided to purchase extra ones in Los Angeles and offer them for sale locally. Seeing how quickly they were bought up, Skinner knew he had a great business idea. San Diego Drums & Totes was born in 2009, followed by a storefront and warehouse in Lemon Grove, and a new second location in San Marcos.
December 04, 2015
Tanissha Harrell is a Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she describes her role, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of her proudest professional moments.
November 24, 2015
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has updated its governance structure. In response to the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which calls for smaller, more strategic local Workforce Development Boards (WDB), a governance committee was charged with reviewing and making recommendations to create a new board structure. The result is the new WDB (replacing the former Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WDB will provide direction on optimal ways to provide job training opportunities for job seekers that meet the needs of regional employers.
November 23, 2015
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) is supporting wages for 50 high school students to work on short-term projects during their winter and spring breaks. These externships provide youth with foundational work experiences while they continue to pursue their education, and offer employers extra support for small projects and a chance to strengthen community relationships.
November 20, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (September 2015 to October 2015) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate, employment and labor force. 
November 19, 2015
Two members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Leadership Team — Heather Milne Barger, Vice President of Communications, and Tina Ngo Bartel, Director of Research and Business Services — were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards on November 18. The annual event recognizes dynamic women business leaders and role models, selected for their achievements and contributions to San Diego companies.
November 11, 2015
On November 10, more than 40 job seekers gathered at Duck Foot Brewing to meet San Diego employers looking to hire highly-skilled Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) professionals. The ICT Industry Expo offered a relaxed, non-traditional setting for job seekers to network with each other and employers looking to hire all across the ICT industry for positions like software and hardware engineers, IT/help desk workers, program management, HR and finance professionals, administrative support, drivers and more.
November 11, 2015
The Maritime Alliance hosted the 7th annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit, November 9–10, 2015 in San Diego. Speakers from a variety of water industries (coastal and ocean observation, marine sanctuary protection, maritime robotics, desalination and clean water technologies) attended the summit and presented on technology and workforce needs.
November 10, 2015
In 1999, Andrew S. Colunga retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 22 years of service. His aviation background landed him a job at Boeing, but when the three-hour commute back and forth to Long Beach became too much, Colunga was ready for a change. He was surprised to find out that veterans receive priority services at all America’s Job Centers and took the advice of the Employment Development Department to visit the North County Coastal Career Center.
November 09, 2015
SDWP is excited to announce the launch of the new Data Dashboard at lmi.workforce.org. The site includes data for frequently referenced metrics about the workforce, including demographics, wages, employment and unemployment. Additionally, the 2014 Priority Sector reports are recreated in an interactive environment, in-demand jobs are profiled, and the recently released Workforce Initiatives database are all available on the site.
November 09, 2015
Principals and career counselors from middle schools and high schools throughout San Diego Unified School District gathered on Friday, November 6 to attend “Unlocking the Genius,” a day-long training event focused on career assessment and pathways.
November 06, 2015
On November 5, more than 500 educators, job seekers, career counselors, economic and workforce development professionals, and policymakers gathered at the Jacobs Center for the San Diego Workforce Conference 2015: Identifying, Tackling and Closing the Skills Gap. The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) held the one-day conference to release three reports covering in-depth workforce data on small business, middle-skills jobs, and workforce-related initiatives that address the skills gap in San Diego County’s five Priority Sectors.
November 04, 2015
Cord Bailey is Director of Youth programs at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he describes his role, discusses what he likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of his proudest professional moments.
October 28, 2015
Michael Cerdinio was a participant in SDWP’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) youth employment program. Through C2C he was placed in an internship with Buster Biofuels, a green energy company that creates Green Initiatives for restaurants in San Diego by reclaiming their used cooking oil and converting it into biodiesel fuel. The below is a letter Michael wrote to us one year after his internship.
October 21, 2015
Amgen Foundation announced investing $4 million to support and strengthen the Amgen Biotech Experience program across the United States, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Ireland, which includes an engaging series of labs that effectively bring biotechnology into the classroom. 
October 20, 2015
Biocom is a regional trade association that supports over 700 members within the Life Sciences industry throughout Southern California. On behalf of the industry, Biocom works on public policy, capital development, workforce development, group savings, network building and member communications. Their goal is to support their members’ success, which in turn accelerates the Life Sciences industry and benefits the community as a whole.
October 16, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (August 2015 to September 2015) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, employment and labor force. Highlights from the report include:
October 14, 2015
Chante Yuban Brookins was working as a preschool teacher when she lost her job. For the next two months, she took on the odd cleaning or babysitting job.
October 14, 2015
When the Burmese Army began making life difficult for his and nearby villages, Lian Thang knew he had to flee for his safety.
October 07, 2015
Organized by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 52 Weeks of Science is a means to unite partners with the goal of bringing accessible science learning to the community every week of the year. More than 30 organizations have come together in partnership with the communities of Barrio Logan and Logan Heights to launch the program, which brings weekly science learning events to both communities.
October 07, 2015
Ashley Rodriguez could have been a statistic. Using drugs between 13 and 15, she dropped out of school in 10th grade and became a single parent at 16. 
October 05, 2015
The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) hosted its 25th annual Economic Summit on October 2 at the San Diego Convention Center. More than 400 business and community leaders attended this year’s event.
October 01, 2015
Last year, both the City and County proclaimed September Workforce Development Month in San Diego. It’s only fitting that this September was filled with job fairs to connect San Diego job seekers and employers.
September 30, 2015
More than 150 business executives, elected officials, and community leaders joined the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO Jerry Sanders for the ninth annual “One Region, One Voice” advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. This year, the delegation visited the nation’s capital from September 27–30, 2015.
September 25, 2015
Kim Nguy is Payroll/Contract Invoice Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. She just celebrated her 40th anniversary with the organization. Here she describes her role, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of her proudest professional moments. 
September 18, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (July 2015 to August 2015) finds decreases in the civilian unemployment rate as well as the labor force. Highlights from the report include:
September 16, 2015
On November 5, the 2nd Annual San Diego Workforce Conference will present research and current efforts being employed to identify, tackle and close San Diego’s skills gap. The event and information being presented is the result of collaboration with community sponsors who recognize the value of addressing these challenges and creating innovative way to close the skills gap problem in San Diego and across the nation. Among others, sponsors include:
September 09, 2015
Rotary International is a global service organization with a 1.2-million-member strong network of people who want to do good for each other, for their local community and for their national and international neighbors. San Diego County is home to over sixty rotary clubs with more than 3,300 members who all meet on a weekly basis to share a meal while they connect, learn about the community and plan service projects.
September 09, 2015
SDWP’s youth employment program CONNECT2Careers (C2C) held three successful recruitment events around San Diego County for Jack in the Box® this summer. A total of 60 participants interviewed on-site at the events for the opportunity to work with the locally-based fast-food restaurant chain.
September 03, 2015
Nicole Murphy is Manager of Special Projects at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she describes her role, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of her proudest professional moments. 
August 31, 2015
On the first Friday of every October, manufacturers across the country open their doors to the public to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Last year, San Diego had 31 companies, more than any other region in California, participate in the day’s activities. With an expected 50 San Diego companies opening their doors this MFG Day, San Diegans will have the opportunity to discover what’s made in their backyard.
August 27, 2015
On August 26, Mayor Kevin Faulconer was joined by SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom and two CONNECT2Careers (C2C) interns, Pedro Gallardo and Loreal Cooper, for a round of morning show TV appearances:
August 21, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (June 2015 to July 2015) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment. Highlights from the report include:
August 17, 2015
August 14 marked the culmination of the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) program for its eleventh cohort. Thirty-six students in the San Diego region were selected to receive hands-on biotechnology laboratory training and research-based work experience at world-renowned research institutes including the Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute and UCSD Extension Research Scholars program.
August 10, 2015
On Friday, August 7, an estimated 800 young people attended the Passport to Life Career and Education Expo at San Diego City College, featuring more than 75 exhibitors representing schools, branches of the military, career opportunities, training services and other resources.
August 10, 2015
Willie Wallace is a Youth Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he describes his role, discusses what he likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of his proudest professional moments. 
August 05, 2015
All around San Diego, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) continues to match young adults with first job experiences that teach them invaluable lessons they will carry into the future. But here’s something you might be surprised to find out—most of that matching is being done by young adults just like them.
August 03, 2015
Judy Lawton is Owner and CEO of the Lawton Group. She is also a member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Workforce Investment Board. Here she describes what motivated her to join the WIB and the workforce issues she is most passionate about. 
July 30, 2015
San Diego State University (SDSU) Career Services is determined to help students prepare for work and find a fulfilling and challenging position that will propel them through their career. Their work is about getting students jobs, but also about developing them into the professional they desire to be.
July 29, 2015
On July 27, 300 participants attended an Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) recruitment event featuring 10 employers. Ten individuals left the job fair employed with Ace Parking and Fortress Guard Services, and an additional 47 people have interviews scheduled for the two weeks following the event. Of the 47, 10 more attendees were hired by Labor Ready two days later.
July 22, 2015
In June 2015, San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 5 percent, down from 6.4 percent in June 2014, and significantly below the highest unemployment rate of the Great Recession, which came in at 11.1 percent in January 2010.
July 20, 2015
The following was written by Keith Jenkins, a client who visited the Bank of America Merrill Lynch San Diego Metro Career Center – Downtown Library Satellite. Keith completed multiple tours of duty in the US Navy and was honorably discharged as a combat veteran in 2003.
July 17, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (May 2015 to June 2015) shows an increase in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.Highlights from the report include:
July 15, 2015
SDWP is proud to announce that Lead Program Specialist Amanda Cheyney has been selected to participate in LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT program. 
July 10, 2015
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) has more than 2,500 young adults who have applied to the program, ready to work this summer and beyond. The challenge? We need more employers to provide jobs.
July 09, 2015
Over 60 community leaders and residents gathered at the Otay Mesa-Nestor Library on July 8 for a roundtable discussion of how to connect San Diegans to our innovation economy and bring economic opportunity to all neighborhoods.  The forum, titled New Jobs – The Next Generation of Jobs Programs, was organized by One San Diego and featured four panelists:
July 08, 2015
Thirty years ago, Partnerships With Industry (PWI) was born from the idea that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities should have opportunities to make choices in their career paths. In its first year, the organization placed forty special education students from the Oceanside school district into jobs. It was a revolutionary program that evolved into an organization that serves more than 1,000 people every year.
July 06, 2015
Nancy Gangi is Regulatory Compliance Advisor at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she describes her role, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of her proudest professional moments. 
July 02, 2015
The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference was held June 29-July 1, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The fourth annual conference brought together more than 1,500 stakeholders from all sectors of the national STEM community to address the challenge facing America today—the shortage of skilled workers to fill STEM jobs all over the country. 
July 02, 2015
Brian Fischbach is Center Director at Job Corps. He is also a member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Workforce Investment Board. Here he describes what motivated him to join the WIB and the workforce issues he is most passionate about.  What motivated you to join the WIB?
June 30, 2015
Malcolm Charles understands his customers like few other servers can.  “I’ve been homeless before,” shares Malcolm, who is currently working on a food truck that specializes in serving the homeless population.
June 25, 2015
On June 24, the San Diego Workforce Partnership conducted another How to Do Business with SDWP community presentation at the Logan Heights Branch Library. Thirty-three representatives from small businesses and community-based organizations attended.
June 23, 2015
On June 22, 123 youth attended a recruitment and job-readiness event at the Jacob Center for Neighborhood Innovation with support from City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office and the Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.
June 19, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (April 2015 to May 2015) shows an increase in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment. Highlights from the report include:
June 17, 2015
On June 16, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) held the Live Well San Diego South County Thriving Summit at Southwestern College to develop opportunities for all people and communities to grow, connect and enjoy the highest quality of life.
June 15, 2015
On June 12, the San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego Metro Career Centers held a General Dynamics NASSCO recruitment event at the Jacobs Center. NASSCO has been designing and building ships since 1960, specializing in auxiliary and support ships for the U.S. Navy and oil tankers and dry cargo carriers for commercial markets. They were seeking to fill Student Ship Fitter and Student Ship Welder positions. 
June 11, 2015
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has received a $499,941 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration that will be used to launch a career center at the Sheriff’s Department’s East Mesa Reentry Facility and a second, satellite career center at the South County Probation Office in Chula Vista. The project, called “Reentry Works San Diego,” will serve an estimated 600 inmates and offenders.
June 10, 2015
Goodwill Industries of San Diego County has been improving employability in the region for 85 years. The organization employs over 1,440 people in its retail stores/operations, transportation, donation centers, document shredding, mission services and corporate offices alone.
June 10, 2015
Andrew Picard is Manager of Strategic Initiatives at SDWP. Here he describes his role, what he likes best about working in workforce development and one of his proudest professional moments. Tell us about your role at SDWP.
June 09, 2015
School is out and it is time for summer jobs. CONNECT2Careers (C2C) is ready to help match employers with eager young adults age 16-24 who have applied to be placed in a summer job experience.
June 08, 2015
On Friday, June 5, more than 200 people attended the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit hosted by the University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, during which they released Annual Report: State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy in San Diego.
June 03, 2015
Marlene Taylor is President of Taylor Trim and Supply. She is also Chair of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. Here she describes what motivated her to join the WIB and the workforce issues she is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
May 28, 2015
When Brandy was laid off from a job she held for 13 years, she went looking for different avenues to job placement. She attended the East County Career Center (ECCC) introduction orientation class where she learned about the Grossmont College Navigator pilot program. She then contacted Navigator and Educational Case Manager Renee Nasori at Grossmont College to schedule a meeting to learn more.
May 22, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (March 2015 to April 2015) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate and labor force, and an increase in civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
May 22, 2015
Marlene Taylor and Becky Quinn have been elected to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the San Diego Workforce Investment Board for 2015-2016. The WIB, comprised of businesses and various entities representing the San Diego region, oversees funding for workforce development programs.
May 19, 2015
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. 
May 14, 2015
The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference will take place June 29-July 1, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The fourth annual conference will bring more than 1,500 stakeholders from all sectors of the national STEM community to San Diego to address a very real and immediate challenge facing America today—the shortage of skilled workers to fill STEM jobs all over the country.
May 11, 2015
On May 8, Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI) celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of students from their innovative Machinist Training Program, which began in November of last year. The graduates and their families enjoyed a sit-down lunch and very personal ceremony.
May 07, 2015
SeaWorld Parks has been a strong supporter of SDWP’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) program since it began in 2013. It’s strong industry relationships like this that allow the C2C team to connect young adults with meaningful summer work experiences year after year.One of San Diego’s largest employers, 93,000 San Diego County residents have worked at SeaWorld over the last 50 years and the newest addition to the franchise, Aquatica, has employed over 1,300 people since it opened in 2013. 
May 04, 2015
In an effort to increase their ability to provide low-income families and children with a computer that will bring technology to their home for the first time, Computers 2 SD Kids (C2SDK) joined forces with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cox Communications and U-T San Diego to launch the Chamber Computer Challenge.
May 01, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (March 2015 to April 2015) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate and labor force, and an increase in civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
May 01, 2015
Erika Aranguré, Project Coordinator for the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI), was honored by Athena San Diego with a Pinnacle Award for Individual in Education.
April 29, 2015
Over 100 community leaders and residents gathered at Barrio Station on April 28 for an in-depth conversation about how to connect San Diegans to our innovation economy and bring economic opportunity to all of our neighborhoods.
April 28, 2015
The San Diego Workforce Partnership welcomed San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts for a visit on April 27. It was the first office visit for the Supervisor, who serves as Vice-Chair of SDWP’s Policy Board.
April 27, 2015
The number of aeropspace employer respondents was corrected on April 27, 2015. SAN DIEGO – San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has released Aerospace: Labor Market Analysis, a report analyzing the labor market for one of the largest subsectors in Advanced Manufacturing. Advanced Manufacturing is an SDWP Priority Sector, one of five identified as vital to the regional economy, experiencing rapid growth and projecting skills shortages.
April 20, 2015
On April 17, RISE San Diego hosted its monthly Urban Breakfast Club event titled “Workforce Development: Can We Create Jobs for All?” The one-hour panel discussion was moderated by San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Managing Editor Chida Darby. Panelists were:
April 17, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (February 2015 to March 2015) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate and an increase in the civilian labor force and civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
April 07, 2015
Since 1964, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation has worked to attract, retain and grow businesses and quality jobs for the 3 million residents of San Diego County from Oceanside to Otay Mesa. The organization looks ahead to support emerging growth and innovation industries that will create the jobs of tomorrow and give critical support to the key industry clusters driving San Diego today.  
April 03, 2015
Matt Kriz is Political Director at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District. He is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. Here he describes what motivated him to join the WIB and the workforce issues he is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
April 03, 2015
Linda Kavanagh is Director, People Services at Cox Communications. She is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board and Chair of SDWP’s Adult Programs Committee. Here she describes what motivated her to join the WIB and the workforce issues she is most passionate about.
April 01, 2015
NAWB Forum 2015 brought together more than 2000 professionals in the workforce development field to discuss the changes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is presenting to the nation’s workforce system. Held in Washington, D.C. March 29-31, the forum centered on the theme “Advancing Workforce Innovation.”
March 30, 2015
Marisol Quesada became a member of the AJCC network in 2012. When she entered the South Metro Career Center she had no formal education —but what Marisol did have was strong motivation and a great drive to succeed. 
March 26, 2015
SDWP Vice President of Programs Andy Hall has been invited to join a statewide workgroup of the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) to discuss Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation, particularly data sharing, systems, performance, and common metrics that will be utilized across the state.
March 25, 2015
SDWP hosted a delegation from Greece who traveled to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The four delegates met with SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom and Maxine Suka, Program Manager at San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, to learn about the public-private partnerships that lead to young adult job placement—particularly what services are offered to laid-off or affected employees within the America’s Job Centers of California network.
March 24, 2015
SAN DIEGO – CONNECT2Careers (C2C), a youth summer employment initiative administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), has launched the #MyFirstJobSD video campaign to raise awareness of the need to increase youth employment in San Diego. 
March 20, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (January 2015 to February 2015) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate and civilian labor force, and an increase in civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
March 17, 2015
The County of San Diego and the City of San Diego today approved a maritime vision for the region that will include forming a Blue Tech incubator to create jobs and businesses.The maritime vision was approved unanimously today at separate meetings of the County Board of Supervisors and the City Council. Speakers, including representatives from the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, supported the vote.
March 13, 2015
Members of SDWP’s Adult Programs team participated in Reality Changers’ 2nd Annual Race to College 5K Walk/Run on March 7 in Kearny Mesa. The team showed their support for Reality Changers and the tremendous work that they do through a pre-event fundraiser as well as day-of participation. They welcomed family and friends as they created a stronger bond with their teammates as well as Reality Changers, who shares building space with SDWP. This year’s 5K raised over $8,000, tripling last year’s total.
March 10, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (December 2014 to January 2015) shows an increase in the civilian unemployment rate, a slight increase in the civilian labor force, and a decrease in civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
March 09, 2015
UCSD Extension is one of the largest and most sought-after training providers for workers in San Diego County. It also produces over $312,000 in scholarship funding annually, hosts a prestigious lecture series, and houses UCSD-TV, which boasts over 4 million viewers a year. Serving everyone from K-16 students to lifelong learners ages 55+, the institution strives to support the critical lifelong knowledge and skill development needs of individuals, organizations and the community.
March 06, 2015
The San Diego STEM Collaboratory—which includes SDWP’s Life Sciences Summer Institute—was featured as a “Spotlight Booth” at the recent STEAMConnect Ascend Conference. The annual event highlights science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education. 
March 05, 2015
SDWP staff members attended the inaugural One San Diego’s Neighborhood Experience, which celebrated Mayor Faulconer’s first year in office. The March 3 event was a fundraiser for One San Diego, a nonprofit formed by Faulconer to create a united city where opportunities exist for every resident in every neighborhood.
March 04, 2015
Omar Passons is Senior Attorney at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz. He is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. Here he describes what motivated him to join the WIB and the workforce issues he is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
March 03, 2015
Last summer Jennifer Brice, 18, worked with CONNECT2Careers (C2C) staff to secure an internship at the office of San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner (District 1). Brice attended council and committee meetings and interacted with the community through emails, phone calls and events.
March 02, 2015
The San Diego Workforce Partnership is excited to announce the launch of its CONNECT2Careers (C2C) summer program for 2015. The youth employment program addresses San Diego’s ongoing skills gap by providing meaningful work experiences that prepare young adults for in-demand jobs. The C2C application opened on March 2. Interested young adults can apply here. C2C participants must be:
February 20, 2015
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has been named a High-Performance Local Board by the California Workforce Investment Board. A certification of “High-Performance” requires the Local Workforce Investment Board to exceed the minimum requirements set for all California workforce investment boards and to demonstrate implementation of the Governor’s workforce development plan. Of the 49 workforce investment boards in California, 25 received this designation. The certification is determined through a review process that assesses the boards against five standards:
February 11, 2015
Tieman (Ty) Chang was laid off from his engineering job in July 2012. He had previously worked for the defense industry for more than 10 years, but had recently moved into the commercial industry working as a program manager for a power electronics company in Sorrento Valley. 
February 10, 2015
Rosa Ana Lozada, LCSW, is the CEO of Harmonium. She is also a member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. Here she describes what motivated her to join the WIB and the workforce issues she is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
February 09, 2015
San Diego City Council representative Myrtle Cole (District 4) has been named SDWP’s Policy Board Chair. Cole replaces County Supervisor Ron Roberts whose term expired. The transfer of duties took place at the Jan. 23 Policy Board meeting at the County Administration Building. 
February 05, 2015
Helping neighborhoods—that’s what One San Diego wants to be known for. And with strong connections and support from local government, business, education and philanthropy, it seems to be just the group to do it.
February 03, 2015
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom (second from right) and several SDWP board members were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal's annual Most Admired CEO Awards, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center on Jan. 28. The awards recognize San Diego leaders for their outstanding professional achievements and their contributions to the community. 
February 02, 2015
On Jan. 28, members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Youth Programs team took part in a presentation about community collaborations at the California Workforce Association’s Youth Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 
January 29, 2015
Nearly 100 community leaders and residents gathered at the City Heights Weingart Library on Jan. 28 for a roundtable discussion of how to connect San Diegans to our innovation economy and bring economic opportunity to all neighborhoods. The forum, titled Education for the 21st Century Economy, was organized by One San Diego and featured four panelists:
January 26, 2015
In late January, SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom joined Mayor Kevin Faulconer in representing our region at the 83rd Annual Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Washington, D.C.
January 23, 2015
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (November to December 2014) shows a decrease in the civilian unemployment rate, civilian labor force and civilian employment. Highlights from the report include:
January 16, 2015
On Jan. 16, more than 300 people attended the 31st-annual San Diego County Economic Roundtable, hosted by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the County of San Diego, the University of San Diego School of Business Administration, and U-T San Diego.
January 13, 2015
One of San Diego’s newest organizations, RISE San Diego was established last September with a goal of identifying and developing urban leaders by promoting resident-led civic engagement, strengthening community-based nonprofit organizations, and providing training and support to increase people’s capacity to lead themselves and positively impact the future of their neighborhoods. RISE is designed to take the “neighborhoods first” concept from aspiration to action.
January 13, 2015
Marc Martin is the Vice President of Karl Strauss Brewing Co. He is also a member of SDWP's Workforce Investment Board. Here he shares what motivated him to join the WIB and the workforce issues he is most passionate about. SDWP: What motivated you to join the WIB?
January 07, 2015
Erika Garcia did not think information technology (IT) would be a possible career for her due to her visual impairment. But then a friend shared with her that San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) offers IT training to young adults with disabilities.
January 05, 2015
Dr. Sunita Cooke, President of MiraCosta College, has been tasked with leading the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy, which was established by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to make community college workforce education more responsive to the state’s economy.
January 03, 2015
In 2014, the San Diego Workforce Partnership Research Department analyzed five priority sectors that are vital to the regional economy, experiencing growth and projecting skills shortages: Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, Clean Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, and Life Sciences.