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December 28, 2016
The California Workforce Development Board has named the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) a high-performing Local Workforce Board.
December 27, 2016
On December 9, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) hit its goal of providing 1,000 employment opportunities to San Diego County young adults in 2016. This represents more than doubling job placements from 2015. This achievement was made possible with the help of numerous committed partners across the region.
December 22, 2016
Since the March 2015 launch, the White House’s TechHire initiative has inspired community movements to help fill tech jobs with non-traditional talent. On December 21, San Diego became the latest community to join the TechHire initiative.
December 16, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (October 2016 to November 2016) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate and labor force and increases in employment.
December 09, 2016
In July, SDWP received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to open a job center at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, a women’s facility in Santee, CA. Building upon the success of its Reentry Works San Diego program at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF), the Las Colinas center is the result of a partnership between SDWP and the San Diego County Sheriff’s and Probation departments.
December 09, 2016
The California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) was created in July 2013 by Assembly Bill 86, making one-time competitive state grants available to establish or expand career pathway programs in high school through community college. The San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium (CCRC) was launched in 2014 as a regional approach to applying for and implementing the CCPT grant throughout San Diego County. Partners include 16 K–12 districts, five community college districts and three industry sectors — Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing and Information and Communication Technologies. This is the first time San Diego County has come together in this way to apply for funding. As a result, the consortium was awarded $13.1 million.
December 01, 2016
Jim Demeaux is a Senior Finance Analyst with 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.
November 23, 2016
“The hardest part of my life was when I was motivated to do nothing.” Scott Waters, 53, had hit bottom. After more than 20 years, the voices in his head took over his life. His untreated mental illness had cost him several jobs and two marriages and it almost ended his life. He was jobless. He was hopeless. 
November 22, 2016
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) announces the appointment of two new members to its Workforce Development Board (WDB): Susie Harborth, Managing Director/Co-founder, BioLabs San Diego Jamie Latiano Jacobs, Senior Vice President People & Culture, Renovate America
November 21, 2016
On November 19, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) invited youth and employers to a special training and hiring event at the San Diego Zoo. This event was a powerful kick off to C2C’s 2016–2017 School Break Externship Program, which subsidizes wages for 50 young adults ages 16–24 to complete two meaningful, short-term work experiences. These will occur during their winter and spring breaks from school, with 22 hours allotted for each break. Funds from the County of San Diego’s Community Action Partnership support these paid externships. This year, 32 employers from a wide variety of sectors will be participating. Some of these include Qualcomm, the Ocean Discovery Institute, Coast Flight Training, the San Diego Airport Authority and the San Diego Mayor’s Office.
November 18, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (September 2016 to October 2016) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.
November 18, 2016
Earlier this fall, CONNECT2Careers partnered with the County of San Diego to establish the Live Well County Internship Pilot Program. Through the pilot, which was fully funded by the County, 39 young adults ages 18–24 completed seven-week paid internships at more than 30 County offices from El Cajon to Oceanside to Chula Vista. The 15-hour-per-week internship program included assignments in:
November 14, 2016
On November 7–11, San Diego BlueTech Week 2016, hosted by the Maritime Alliance, featured six events over five days created to showcase the booming BlueTech industry and promote BlueTech and Blue Jobs. This year’s theme was “Case Studies of Collaboration” as the group focused on international partnerships. Attendees enjoyed networking with international partners, rubbing elbows with senior government officials and industry executives, meeting investors, exploring career opportunities in the Blue Economy and discovering new maritime technologies from around the world.
November 10, 2016
Every year, 20,000 military members stationed in San Diego County leave the service, and a third of them stay in the area. Though they are assets to our region, they also face challenges with transitioning to civilian life. 
November 07, 2016
On November 7, the California Community Colleges San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium, Imperial County Workforce Development Board and SDWP held a joint meeting to gather input and build regional consensus on key sectors and priorities that will inform approximately $45M in workforce development invests each year for next three years. More than 100+ representatives from the community, education, community-based organizations, business groups, and workforce development professionals attended the Southern Border Regional Workforce Development Planning Meeting.
November 07, 2016
Kristen Walker is a Program Specialist with 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 04, 2016
On November 3, Live Well San Diego brought together partners and stakeholders to advance its shared vision of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego region at the Live Well San Diego Advance event.
November 03, 2016
On November 2, 500 educators, community-based organizations, career counselors and community leaders gathered at the Jacobs Center for the sold-out Workforce Conference: The Future of Work. 
October 28, 2016
On October 27, approximately 70 people attended the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) graduation and student showcase held at BioLabs San Diego. They had the opportunity to hear about the summer interns’ research at their respective labs and enjoyed savory and sweet offerings provided by gourmet food trucks. 
October 27, 2016
When Mark Bradley first heard about Breaking Barriers (BBSD) he was doing his best to get back on his feet. Mark was out of work and receiving substance abuse services treatment from Mental Health Systems’ San Diego Center for Change, funded through the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services. That’s where he met a representative from South County Career Center — part of the America’s Job Center of California network — who came to a meeting to present on BBSD. Though Mark had a lot of questions, he decided to enroll.
October 27, 2016
When Alicia Vasquez found out she’d been placed at SDWP for job shadow day during her senior year, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
October 27, 2016
Established in 1980 in a small garage woodshop, Spooner’s Woodworks has grown to be a premiere architectural woodwork firm serving all commercial markets, with a focus on tenant improvements, primary/secondary education, military, public works, medical and hospitality sectors.
October 26, 2016
Back in January 2014, Representative Susan Davis called upon Congress to extend unemployment insurance as there were 1.3 million people in the U.S. left without benefits, trying to find their way out of the Great Recession. One San Diego man by the name of Eugene Beronilla shared his story at the press conference. 
October 21, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (August 2016 to September 2016) shows increases in civilian labor force and employment. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a decrease in San Diego’s unemployment rate from 5.0 percent in August to 4.7 percent in September, and remains below the year-ago estimate of 4.8 percent.
October 20, 2016
On October 19, United States Department of Labor Regional Administrator Virginia Hamilton led a panel of regional workforce development board leaders to share their experience and successes with Customer-Centered Design (CCD). Andrew Picard, San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) Director of Adult Programs, was one of the panelists who shared success stories on a number of CCD projects SDWP has tackled, including both projects ­— Rapid Re-employment for Dislocated Workers and H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) — that won CCD competitions and were chosen to be presented at the White House.
October 10, 2016
This year, twenty partners have signed on to sponsor the Workforce Conference 2016: Future of Work. This year’s conference will identify upcoming trends in the future of work and workforce development, including the gig economy, the resurgence and evolution of apprenticeships, hot industries and in-demand jobs. The event is completely sold out with more than 600 attendees, including elected officials, educators, career counselors, employers and community organizations having registered.
October 07, 2016
On October 4–6 in Dallas, TX, the 4th annual Close It Summit brought together over 500 attendees from across the country to highlight, explore and scale competency-based education, training and hiring. This year's theme, Shift Happens: No Turning Back, reflected both the progress being made and the continuing challenges facing America as we work to close the national skills and employment gap. 
October 03, 2016
Hailing from Torreón, Coahuila in Mexico, Ernesto de Leon had already completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and a master’s in quality and productivity when he fell in love with partner Jesse Cruz 10 years ago. He decided to move here for Jesse four years ago, which meant he has had to adapt to a new environment and a new language, using the opportunity to choose a new career pathway.
October 03, 2016
Crystal Gunter is a Youth Program Specialist with 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. 
October 03, 2016
On September 30, SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom and Workforce Development Board members Dr. Sunita Cooke — President of Mira Costa Community College District and Co-Chair of the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy — and Dr. Carlos Cortez — President of San Diego Continuing Education — participated on a workforce and career technical education panel called Strong Workforce Training Program: Tools to Maximize Your Workforce Funding, organized by the California Community Colleges’ Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
September 30, 2016
On September 29, SDWP hosted a roundtable discussion among retail employers and workforce development professionals to introduce a new program for training and upskilling retail employees titled #ReimagineRetail.
September 29, 2016
Marlene Taylor, chair of the Workforce Development Board, and Amanda Cheyney, Lead Youth Program Specialist, were recognized as finalists at San Diego Magazine’s Celebrating Women event on September 28.
September 22, 2016
On September 21, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) invited funders, employers, partners, elected officials and program participants to celebrate the accomplishments of summer 2016. This special event highlighted this year's progress so far and outlined the vision for the future of C2C and youth employment in San Diego County.
September 22, 2016
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is pleased to announce the appointment of two SDWP staff members to prominent community boards.
September 21, 2016
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Workforce Development Council (WDC) hosted its quarterly board meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 19–20, 2016. In addition to the board meeting, the gathering included a leadership institute, a pre-forum session on deciphering the WIOA final regulations, and a congressional forum.
September 21, 2016
While in Washington, D.C. on an annual delegation trip organized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom and Vice President Andy Hall met with the Department of Labor (DOL) Deputy Secretary Chris Lu, who visited San Diego workforce initiatives in March of this year.
September 19, 2016
On September 16, SDWP program specialist Mario Becerra participated on a panel called “Barriers to Employment” at the Building Access to Leadership Careers for People with Lived Experience conference, organized by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and Live Well San Diego.
September 16, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (July 2016 to August 2016) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a decrease in San Diego’s unemployment rate from 5.3 percent in July to 5.0 percent in August, and remains below the year-ago estimate of 5.2 percent.
September 15, 2016
Despite their ability to occupy a variety of jobs, people with disabilities only account for 19.8 percent of the workforce, have more than double the unemployment rate compared to the general population and continue to face barriers finding work. To improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor announced grants totaling $14.9 million as part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to six states, including California.
September 14, 2016
On September 13, a group of thirteen job developers and business service representatives gathered at Legoland to learn more about the company and its employment opportunities. This new type of event, referred to as an employer social, was the third to take place this year — the first happening at SeaWorld and another taking place at Aquatica this summer. The socials seek to unify the workforce development system by streamlining information sharing among employers and regional workforce development agencies.
September 09, 2016
The California Workforce Association’s Meeting of the Minds focuses on high level discussion of the state and direction of the workforce development system. This year’s conference, which took place September 6–8 in Monterey, California, featured thought leaders from within and outside the workforce system speaking on topics meant to inspire and bring about critical thinking. Three San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) staff and two Workforce Development Board (WDB) leaders attended the meeting to learn and share about current issues.
September 07, 2016
Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has been selected to receive a $400,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in San Diego County and around the U.S.
September 07, 2016
In 2004, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) opened its Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) with a goal of being a catalyst for leadership in San Diego County. Serving students, staff and faculty, alongside external stakeholders such as community members and business, CLIMB has developed three core programs, which have grown the center into the go-to resource on leadership in the region.
September 06, 2016
The Arc of San Diego, one of the largest service providers for children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, finds employment for people with disabilities in a variety of positions and industries throughout the community. 
August 31, 2016
Alex Becker is a Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives with 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 31, 2016
The San Diego Workforce Partnerhship is very proud of our five priority sector reports released in 2014, which include in-depth labor market data with a wealth of information on in-demand careers.
August 23, 2016
SDWP’s out-of-school youth outreach project was selected as a winning proposal to be presented at the White House Learning Exchange and Discussion on September 19, 2016. 
August 23, 2016
Over the summer, the United Way’s City Heights Partnership for Children convened with the City Heights Community Development Corporation to coordinate a summer reading program in City Heights. The pilot program is based on a collective impact framework including many partners: the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Office of Education, City Heights Public Library, Community Housing Works, San Diego Council on Literacy, Words Alive and Kitchens for Good.
August 19, 2016
Earlier this year, the San Diego Workforce Partnership procured service providers for San Diego County’s WIOA out-of-school (OSY) youth programs. These programs help serve young adults ages 16–24 in San Diego County who are not working or in school. Funding was awarded to eight nonprofits and educational institutions throughout the region: Able Disabled Advocacy, Inc., Access, Inc., Comprehensive Training Systems, Interfaith Community Services, International Rescue Committee, San Diego Continuing Education, Second Chance, and YMCA of San Diego County.
August 19, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (June 2016 to July 2016) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported an increase in San Diego’s unemployment rate from 5.1 percent in June to 5.3 percent in July, but remains below the year-ago estimate of 5.5 percent.
August 09, 2016
The Maritime Alliance (TMA) is the nonprofit industry association and organizer of the largest ocean and water technology cluster in the United States. Guided by its tagline, “Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs® with a focus on economic development, ecosystem development and international outreach,” TMA brings together 16 sectors of the Blue Economy under a common Blue Voice represented by academia, government and industry — advocating for sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries that balance conservation and economic development.
August 08, 2016
Cynthia Centeno Garcia is a Data Management Support Coordinator with 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 01, 2016
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) understands that employers have difficulty finding workers with the essential (soft) skills (e.g., critical thinking, work ethics, communication) appropriate for their companies as well as the hard skills needed to perform their job. The balance of both types of skills is especially important in the retail industry where customer service is a key to doing business. For companies that want to upgrade the skills of their existing employees, SDWP provides Customized Training funds for incumbent (current) workers. With these funds, SDWP will co-invest in training existing retail employees by reimbursing the company 50 percent* of the cost of training.
July 29, 2016
In July, SDWP joined Qualcomm’s Qcamp for an afternoon to talk about careers with 30 rising eighth-grade girls who have been attending the unique summer experience for three years.
July 27, 2016
On July 25 and 26, Vista Unified School District (VUSD) held their annual Leadership Advance at the CSU San Marcos campus. One-hundred fifteen of VUSD’s administrators, principals and leaders attended the two-day training that focused on continuous improvement toward VUSD’s mission to inspire all students to persevere as critical thinkers who collaborate to solve real world problems.
July 26, 2016
After a career in the food and beverage industry, U.S. Navy veteran Daniel Martinez realized that though he was good at his job as a manager and the industry had provided him with great opportunities, the long hours and low pay weren’t sustainable, and he was interested in a different career. A restaurant apparently was a good place for networking, though; a customer who had found a good job with the help of the North County Career Center encouraged him to seek help there too.
July 25, 2016
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom participated in a selective one-week Harvard Business School (HBS) social enterprise program, where nonprofit leaders explore myriad leadership examples and strategies, and the characteristics of high-performing organizations. The program aims to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make a difference in the world, tailored to nonprofit executive directors and CEOs with a diverse mix of 160 nonprofit leaders from 20 countries.
July 22, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (May 2016 to June 2016) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported an increase in San Diego’s unemployment rate from 4.2 percent in May to 5.1 percent in June, but remaining just below the year-ago estimate of 5.2 percent.
July 15, 2016
The Brookings Institution recently released a report on youth summer job programs that talks about innovative approaches, praising CONNECT2Careers (C2C) for its year-round approach, partnerships with regional entities and its database.
July 15, 2016
On July 14,  Mayor Kevin Faulconer, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation gathered with employers and stakeholders dedicated to investing in San Diego County’s future workforce at the One San Diego 100 Reception. Fittingly, approximately one hundred partners and employers attended the event to learn more about the initiative and the Mayor's vision, and see how to engage the up-and-coming workforce.
July 14, 2016
On July 13, more than 75 people gathered at the Neighborhood House to attend the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC) Talk Series titled “Inclusive Economic Development.”
July 13, 2016
SDWP is excited to announce the award of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to build upon the success of its Reentry Works San Diego program at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF) to also create a career center and provide pre- and post-release career services at Las Colinas, an all-female facility in Santee, CA.
July 11, 2016
Kitchens for Good (KFG) has been cooking up great food and even greater opportunity for San Diegans since September 2015 by breaking the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.
July 06, 2016
Mario Becerra is a Program Specialist with 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. 
July 01, 2016
This week, six San Diego nonprofit teams — Kitchens for Good, Mission Edge/Impact Without Borders, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Foundation and San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) — convened for two and a half days to tackle some of their most pressing problems and explore some promising ideas. San Diego Foundation sponsored the Moves the Needle Nonprofit/Social Impact Innovation Boot Camp in San Diego. The intensive program uses a proven lean innovation framework to teach nonprofit leaders to learn before executing, optimizing results and sustainability and maximizing impact.
July 01, 2016
We are excited to announce a new look to our website that is faster, easier to navigate, more user-friendly and mobile compatible.
June 30, 2016
From June 22–29, 43 participants of the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) completed their Introduction to Biotechnology “boot camp” course, a pre-internship requirement that prepares participants for their internship in the life sciences industry. The pre-internship boot camp, held concurrently at Miramar and Grossmont Colleges, provided training on lab techniques commonly used in research such as pipetting, polymerase chain reactions, preparing solutions and dilutions, gel electrophoresis, ELISA testing, pH meters and lab safety. Participants also learned the importance of communication and teamwork. Upon completion of the boot camp, participants receive transferable college credit for the course.
June 29, 2016
On June 28, approximately 225 people attended the annual University of San Diego State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit to learn more about key topics important to the nonprofit sector. Key findings from the annual report of the same name were shared, describing the capacity, contributions and overall economic health and well-being of San Diego’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector. The report is a compilation of the quarterly State of Nonprofits Index and other nonprofit research, including a survey based on the perspectives of local nonprofit leaders.
June 24, 2016
CASAS’ 2016 National Summer Institute hosted nearly 800 workforce development professionals, education providers, business and industry representatives and state-level personnel coming together to increase their knowledge and skills in using assessment results to inform instruction and improve programs, and to learn more about data-driven decision-making.
June 22, 2016
As part of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) commitment to provide access to high quality training in San Diego County, SDWP will partner with the Escondido Adult School (EAS) and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) to provide Contracted Education programs in Health Care and Life Sciences, respectively.
June 17, 2016
During the Workforce Development Board meeting on June 16, County of San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts — along with County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Director and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Nick Macchione and Deputy Director of Central and South Regions of County of San Diego HHSA Barbara Jiménez — presented the San Diego Workforce Partnership with a proclamation declaring SDWP an official Live Well San Diego partner, and June 16 to be “San Diego Workforce Partnership Live Well San Diego Day” throughout San Diego County.
June 17, 2016
[Please note: Email graphic sent on June 17 incorrectly lists Manufacturing as the sector with the largest decline in jobs; it should say "Construction" — correct graphic appears below.]The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (April 2016 to May 2016) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.
June 17, 2016
On June 16, SDWP’s Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Andy Hall and CONNECT2Careers Program Technician Kameron Bacon presented at the City of San Diego’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations (ED&IR) Committee meeting on “CONNECT2Careers 3000,” the name of the CONNECT2Careers (C2C) goal to reduce the youth unemployment crisis in San Diego County by providing 3,000 youth throughout the county with work experiences over a 12-month period (June 2016 – June 2017).
June 17, 2016
On June 16, 2016, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) hosted a three-hour training, “Managing Employment & Benefits for Behavioral Health Consumers and Peers,” geared toward local behavioral health consumers. The training covered one of the most frequently discussed topics among participants involved in the Work Well Initiative — how to successfully manage employment status and public benefits simultaneously. This interactive session helped individuals understand benefit rules and regulations, while focusing on maximizing work efforts and increasing income.
June 10, 2016
On June 10, Amanda Cheyney, Lead Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, was awarded LEAD San Diego’s Herbert G. Klein LEADership Award. Awarded to only one class member, this honor is presented annually to a member of LEAD's IMPACT San Diego class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program.
June 09, 2016
Wilda is a Communications Specialist with 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.
June 08, 2016
Quickly approaching $1 billion in total community investments, The San Diego Foundation works toward all San Diegans having an opportunity to be WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live & Learn). Since 1975, The Foundation has grown to manage more than 1,900 funds — awarding $48 million dollars in grants to local nonprofits in 2015 alone. Maximizing the impact of givers all over San Diego, deep community roots, expert advisors and collective giving drive large-scale change to improve our neighborhoods, cities and region as a whole.
June 01, 2016
When Desiman Miller first entered the East Mesa Reentry Facility, he promised himself he’d make the most of his time there. He enrolled in over 25 classes and spent his free time reading books focused on learning new skills and bettering himself.
May 30, 2016
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom has been appointed to the Biocom Board of Directors.
May 27, 2016
On May 26, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced $270,000 in grants to 31 nonprofits dedicated to providing workforce development and education opportunities throughout San Diego. The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a $6,500 award to support regional workforce development initiatives.
May 27, 2016
Workforce development professionals gathered in Orlando in late May to learn from each other’s best practices at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) annual conference.
May 20, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (March 2016 to April 2016) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment.
May 17, 2016
More than 240,500 veterans reside in San Diego County, making us the third highest population of veterans in the United States and the number one destination for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, here and elsewhere, veterans continue to experience significant challenges transitioning from the battlefield to civilian life in the workforce.
May 16, 2016
As the San Diego Workforce Partnership and advocates across the country recognize May as Mental Health Month, employers can share the national campaign messages and materials to launch their own initiative to improve the health and wellness of their employees. Employers frequently refer to employees as their company’s greatest resource. Many employers have initiated wellness programs to foster a healthier and more productive work environment. Yet, there remains a reluctance to promote mental health as an integrated component of these benefits.
May 16, 2016
On May 13, Peter Callstrom, CEO & President of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, spoke on a panel entitled “High-Impact STEM Philanthropy” at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ Breakthrough Biomedical Philanthropy Seminar.
May 11, 2016
LIFE SCIENCES SUMMER INSTITUTE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATIONSAN DIEGO, CA (May 11, 2016) — Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI), a summer program funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) that nourishes a passion for science and math in San Diego’s next generation of scientists, has received a $60,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation.
May 09, 2016
 Miguel is a Network Support Specialist with 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.
May 06, 2016
Blue Star Families’ mission is to bridge the gap between military family communities and the general public. Through its partnerships, Blue Star Families provides free resources, services, and opportunities to more than 1.5 million military family members — making military life more sustainable. (Some of the impact is documented here.)
May 02, 2016
NORTH COUNTY INLAND CAREER CENTER MOVES TO CONVENIENT NEW LOCATION Ample parking, near I-5 & downtown EscondidoESCONDIDO, CA (May 11, 2016) — The North County Inland Career Center — a part of the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) network— has moved to 613 West Valley Parkway, Ste. 220, Escondido, CA 92027 (near cross street S. Quince St.). The center’s phone number remains the same at (760) 871-1962. The AJCC network is funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) and operated by ResCare Workforce Services.
May 02, 2016
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) has hit the ground running for a summer full of connecting San Diego's young people with training, job and internship opportunities. Last summer, C2C trained 487 youth in communication, problem solving and team work skills — this year’s goal is 1,500.
April 29, 2016
As of May 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 15.5 million people were self-employed — an increase of 1 million from the prior year. In a separate study, it is estimated that more than 40 percent of the workforce (60 million people) will be independent workers or freelancers by 2020. To keep abreast of these workforce changes, SDWP partnered with Southwestern Community College District’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide training from SBDC’s Entrepreneurship Academy to workers who may want to start their own businesses or join the emerging freelance economy.
April 29, 2016
SDWP is committed to providing employment resources to San Diego County employers. As part of SDWP’s business services, the organization is happy to announce that SDWP has partnered with the San Diego Employers Association (SDEA) to offer a free HR hotline for San Diego County employers.
April 29, 2016
On April 28,  San Diego Grantmakers and San Diego Impact Investors hosted their inaugural Deal Flow event. Deal Flow is part of a goal to activate $100 million in new impact investments in our region by 2025. Impact investing is a chance to blend philanthropy and investing by supporting endeavors that generate positive social or environmental outcomes and financial returns, and it has the potential to exponentially increase the number of people using their capital for good.
April 27, 2016
SeaWorld’s new Ocean Link Lab encourages San Diego middle school students to explore the ocean, as well as themselves, during a day-long experience at the park. The program, a collaboration of SeaWorld’s education and conservation department, the San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), leads students through a variety of activities to learn about SeaWorld careers, the animal rescue program and the science of caring for animals in the park and the wild.
April 22, 2016
In late April, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce visited San Diego for their annual Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference. Each visit gives the group a chance to bring home fresh ideas and learn from the experience of other markets confronted with the kinds of issues their area faces today or may face in the future. The visit to San Diego focused on how the city grew a robust economy and thriving downtown, gained public support for transportation funding and built an innovative pre-K through higher education pipeline.
April 21, 2016
Over three days in April, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in education technology gathered at the ASU GSV Summit (April 18–20) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego to share ideas and engage each other in thought-provoking conversations on how to use technology to customize learning and on the future of work.
April 20, 2016
In a heartwarming and emotional ceremony, Kitchens for Good graduated its inaugural class of Project Launch, a 13-week culinary jobs program. The San Diego Workforce Partnership funded the cohort through its Customized Training program. Customized Training is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (including a group of employers) and is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ, or in the case of current workers, continue to employ, an individual upon successful completion of training, and for which the employer pays a significant share of the cost of training.
April 15, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (February 2016 to March 2016) shows increases in the civilian labor force and employment while the unemployment rate remains unchanged.
April 14, 2016
SAN DIEGO WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES FEDERALLY FUNDED SUPPORT TO ADVANCE PAY FOR SUCCESS IN YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to provide San Diego Workforce Partnership with federally funded technical assistance to explore the viability of Pay for Performance contracting
April 08, 2016
Daniella Molina is a Lead Program Specialist with 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. 
April 07, 2016
The concept of Linked Learning is this — make education relevant to students and success will skyrocket. Grounded by four integrated pillars — rigorous academics, technical training, work-based learning and comprehensive support services — research shows that students exposed to Linked Learning experience higher rates of engagement and higher graduation rates compared to peers at traditional high schools.
April 06, 2016
Marcia Knabe had a background in corrections, but wanted to do less physically demanding work. She came to the East County Career Center, an America’ Job Center of California (AJCC) site, determined to continue working but in a less physical role.
April 01, 2016
Over 550 professionals from workforce development and education gathered at San Diego’s Marriott Marquis March 29-31 for the California Workforce Association’s (CWA) Spring Conference. The conference centered around WIOA implementation and the “organize regionally, deliver locally” service distribution vision in the WIOA State Plan. The Spring Conference also focused on challenges and opportunities with WIOA implementation, highlighting best practices for workforce development professionals.
March 28, 2016
CONNECT2Careers (C2C), San Diego County’s youth employment program, has began another stellar season with renewed support from the City of San Diego and Mayor Kevin Faulconer. This summer, Mayor Faulconer’s One San Diego 100 initiative has teamed up with C2C to offer more young adults valuable paid work experiences. One San Diego 100 is looking for one hundred businesses to offer ten jobs/internships each to young adults for a total of 1,000 new opportunities added this summer. The employer investment in giving young people these opportunities today is crucial in creating our region's talent pipline for tomorrow.
March 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Deputy Secretary Chris Lu visited San Diego vocational programs and learned about local workforce initiatives March 22–23. He participated in roundtables on veteran and youth employment, and visited the newly opened job center located at East Mesa Reentry Facility.
March 22, 2016
We hear a lot about the skills gap, but what is it? In short, it is the difference between the skills employers want and what workers currently have. To close the gap, we must continually identify the skills that employers need and train job seekers to meet that demand.
March 21, 2016
SDWP staff and board members traveled to Washington, D.C. March 12-15 to attend the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference, Forum 2016. The theme was “Technology, Community, Transformation” and focused on a national conversation to examine the key challenges, ideas and best practices to help redefine workforce development as the cornerstone of economic prosperity and global competitiveness. Sessions provided tips and best practices for implementing the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and new ideas for changing the national workforce development system to an employer-led structure.
March 18, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (January 2016 to February 2016) shows increases in the civilian labor force and employment while the unemployment rate remains unchanged. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported no change in San Diego’s unemployment rate which remained at 4.7 percent in February, below the year-ago estimate of 5.5 percent.
March 14, 2016
During the month of March, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), in collaboration with Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), hosted a three-day training on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment. The training was offered to a broad range of community-based organizations and attended by 70 guests committed to improving employment outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness.
March 11, 2016
CEO Peter Callstrom was invited to lead a workforce development workshop at the San Diego Community Colleges District Board of Trustees meeting last month. He explained recent updates to the workforce system and the role of SDWP to convene and collaborate with partners similarly aligned with employment preparation and training. He also updated the board on the great strides made in partnering with regional community colleges, particularly the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association to produce the five priority sector reports that have become a cornerstone to the region’s career pathways strategy.
March 10, 2016
Taryell Simmons is a Program Specialist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) program. Here he describes his role, discusses what he likes best about working in workforce development and shares one of his proudest professional moments.
March 09, 2016
Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) has been providing workforce training programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment since 1975. The goal is to equip individuals with vocational skills needed to gain a meaningful career and financial independence, providing training as well as job placement services.
March 07, 2016
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is conducting three research studies: BlueTech Jobs, Specialty Foods and Microbreweries, In-Demand Jobs and Apprenticeships. These reports will assess the workforce needs of employers and provide employment trends, analysis and recommendations to job seekers, employers and the community.
March 04, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (December 2015 to January 2016) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported a 0.1 percent decrease in San Diego’s unemployment rate, from a revised 4.8 percent in December to 4.7 percent in January, which falls below the year-ago estimate of 5.9 percent.
March 01, 2016
SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2016) – CONNECT2Careers (C2C), a youth summer employment initiative of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), has launched its 2016 summer jobs program. C2C tackles the youth unemployment issue in San Diego by aligning the career goals of young adults with businesses that are investing in our future workforce. The program aims to place 1,000 young adults in jobs this summer.
February 29, 2016
The doors of the newest America’s Job Center of California in San Diego officially opened on February 26 at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF). The career center is part of SDWP’s Reentry Works San Diego program, a partnership between SDWP and the San Diego County Sheriff’s and Probation departments, and will provide comprehensive career services to inmates at EMRF. The program’s goal is to serve 600 individuals with pre- and post-release employment services designed to increase employability and reduce recidivism.
February 23, 2016
In some ways, Andrea is like many other high school students; she enjoys going to the movies with friends and works at a restaurant in her spare time.
February 19, 2016
The new SDWP Workforce Development Board (WDB) held its first meeting on February 18. Board members were officially sworn in and discussed the strategic overview of SDWP and its programs.
February 17, 2016
On February 16, 2016, three members of SDWP’s Rapid Re-employment for Dislocated Workers customer-centered design (CCD) team attended a Learning Exchange and Celebration at the White House with 10 other selected teams from across the country.
February 12, 2016
The much anticipated first cohort of the Platform to Employment (P2E) program graduated on Thursday, February 11. Twenty-one long-term unemployed individuals completed the five-week preparatory course — a boot camp offered at no cost to participants — covering skills assessment, career-readiness workshops, job coaching, job placement support and subsidized wages for employers.
February 12, 2016
Former SDWP board president Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent San Diego as a Business Leaders United employer at the National Skills Coalition Skills Summit.
February 10, 2016
 A regional effort of San Diego Community Colleges, the Employee Training Institute (ETi) provides custom workforce training to businesses of all sizes and types. ETI serves the Community Colleges’ mission by bringing education out to companies, offering training programs at the company site and meeting customized needs, schedule and format.
February 08, 2016
Last weekend, over 700 people gathered in San Diego at the sold out Linked Learning Convention for a chance for to come together to expand high quality Linked Learning opportunities for more young people. The conference welcomed elected officials, business and industry leaders, community-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and K-12 educators and administrators invested in integrating rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences. The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) was honored to be one of more than 30 co-hosts supporting the event.
February 04, 2016
Jonathan King was unemployed when he joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center at the downtown library — one in a network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites — in August 2014. He had been laid off as the Interim Vice President of Colorado Mountain College and relocated to San Diego. Jobs were scarce but he had hopes of becoming an academic director at a university.
February 03, 2016
Rebecca Bianconi is a Project Coordinator 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. 
January 28, 2016
 Employers are invited to learn how to apply for wage reimbursements, training subsidies and hiring resources at a Hiring Subsidies and Resources workshop hosted by SDWP and its partners. SDWP’s Business Services Team is traveling throughout the County to inform employers of how they can be reimbursed up to 50% of wages or training costs associated with hiring new employees — minimizing company risk, while getting people to work — a win, win for businesses, job seekers and the local economy.
January 27, 2016
Do you know a high school student who is interested in a career in the life sciences? If so, let them know applications are now being accepted for the Life Sciences Summer Institute through March 23.
January 22, 2016
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (November 2015 to December 2015) shows decreases in the civilian unemployment rate, labor force and employment. 
January 15, 2016
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his second annual State of the City address on January 14, 2016 at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.
January 15, 2016
On January 14, approximately 400 people attended the 32nd Annual San Diego County Economic Roundtable at the University of San Diego (USD) Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Attendees heard a panel of experts from workforce development, real estate, innovation economy, and the craft beer/specialty beverage industry discuss the future of the economy in San Diego County.
January 11, 2016
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, the nonprofit organization recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country, while more than 42,000 alumni work across career sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.​
January 11, 2016
Ninety-five young adults gathered at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation for a special Starbucks hiring event coordinated by RISE San Diego, San Diego Public Library and CONNECT2Careers (C2C) on Saturday, January 9. The event recruited opportunity youth — young people ages 16­–24 who are unemployed and/or not in school.
January 07, 2016
A new program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD), assists individuals with disabilities with finding permanent part-time or full-time jobs of their choice.
January 07, 2016
San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Youth Manager of Special Projects Karmin Noar was one of 25 individuals statewide invited to participate in the 2016 HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI).
January 07, 2016
SDWP’s Rapid Re-Employment for Dislocated Workers project was selected as a winning proposal to be presented at the White House Learning Exchange and Celebration on February 16, 2016. Of the 80 teams who entered this challenge, SDWP is one of only 10 teams selected for this final phase.
January 04, 2016
Brian Helms is a Finance Analyst 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.