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May 19, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (March 2017 to April 2017) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force and employment, and a decrease in the unemployment rate.1
May 15, 2017
Original content from the San Diego Business Journal reposted on workforce.org with permission. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump appealed to working class voters by promising to bring jobs back to the U.S. This is certainly an important goal, but job creation is only half of the jobs equation. 
May 10, 2017
In the spring of 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services federal partners, is hosting three WIOA* National Convenings across the country, in Dallas April 18–20, San Diego May 8–10 and Washington, D.C. May 23–25, called "Continuing the Conversation."
May 09, 2017
Mike R. was looking for a full-time position since the beginning of the year. Here he shares in his own words his path to a new position. I have been a member of the South County Career Center since January of 2017 and I have finally landed the right kind of position for me. I am very appreciative of the services and resources provided at the center as currently do not have access to the internet at home and the library only allows for two hours of usage a day. It is possible that I would have found a job without the South County Career Center but it more than likely would have taken longer and I may not have of had the result I wanted.
May 09, 2017
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) was founded on the idea of giving the most needy men and women on the streets a home and surrounding them with the care they need. A national organization with headquarters in New York City and three offices in California — including San Diego — its mission is to advance housing solutions that deliver three powerful outcomes: 1) improved lives for the most vulnerable people 2) maximized public resources and 3) strong, healthy communities across the country.
May 04, 2017
Haley Stayton is a Program Specialist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Here she describes a professional moment she’s proud of, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares what she enjoys doing outside of the office.   
May 02, 2017
The Introductory Life Science Experience (ILSE) program was launched in October 2015 and has enrolled over 40 participants. It provides a re-entry pathway into a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers in life sciences for young adults ages 18–24 who are not currently in school, and who have substantial barriers to employment, education and career pathway planning. Through one-on-one support, college coursework, work readiness training and a paid internship participants receive focused assistance in taking the next steps on their career paths to higher education and/or employment. This “secret sauce” of Miramar College coursework, CONNECT2Careers work-readiness training, San Diego Workforce Partnership WIOA funding and paid internships brokered by the Biocom Institute is a shining example of the impact collaboration can have on better serving youth.
May 01, 2017
May is Mental Health Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness for mental health. Each year, this conversation seeks to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Join the conversation on twitter with #MentalHealthMonth.
April 27, 2017
CityAge is a multi-national campaign of events dedicated to the partnerships and investments that are building the world’s urban future. More than 5,000 leaders in business, government, research and design have attended a CityAge event and are now part of the CityAge network. On April 25-26, nearly 200 leaders from across the nation joined the movement by attending CityAge: San Diego.
April 27, 2017
Funding will expand in Reimagine Retail to investigate strategies for collaborating with employers on job quality and worker advancement
April 24, 2017
  On April 22, Depositing Empowerment through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR) hosted its seventh annual Focused and Naturally Confident Youth (F.A.N.C.Y.) Teen Girls Expo at O’Farrell Charter School in Southeastern San Diego. Since 2010, the event has helped young women of color develop confidence; explore careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) fields; connect with academic, employment and other community programs; meet community mentors who provide ongoing mentorship; and hear from local leaders.
April 21, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (February 2017 to March 2017) shows increases in the civilian labor force and employment, and no change in the unemployment rate.1
April 17, 2017
On April 13, more than 500 young adults, parents, employers, workforce professionals, service providers, educators, funders, community members and elected leaders attended the inaugural Flip the Script summit at the Jacobs Center to address the 43,000 young people in San Diego County who are not in school or not working. These are opportunity youth.
April 11, 2017
On April 10, SDWP was honored at the Goodwill Industries® of San Diego County (GISD) recognition luncheon with the “Good Neighbor” award, an honor bestowed on an extraordinary business or service that has demonstrated a commitment to Goodwill.
April 11, 2017
Twenty-eight years ago, Tim and Jane McCarthy sat down their two daughters, Kristin and Rachel, a college freshman and high school sophomore respectively at the time, and explained they were establishing a family foundation they would all be a part of. After adjourning the family meeting, each member took some time to pick an area they were most passionate about. Within a month, the foundation’s four program areas, which still guide the McCarthy Family Foundation’s grant making today, were chosen.
April 07, 2017
In an area becoming known as Beeramar*, Rough Draft Brewing Company began like many other breweries: with a home brew kit and passion for making beer. Founded by UC San Diego graduate Jeff Silver in 2012, now its mission is to create innovative, high-quality craft beers worth sharing.
April 05, 2017
Stephen Colón is a CONNECT2Careers Manager with the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he describes where he’d invest a surprise donation, discusses what he likes best about working in workforce development and shares what he enjoys doing outside of the office.
April 03, 2017
On March 25–28, SDWP staff and board members participated in The Forum 2017 presented by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) in Washington, D.C. The theme was “Defining Challenges, Shaping Opportunities” and focused on a national conversation around shared responsibility to address the needs of businesses, career seekers, and local economies, and to secure America’s ability to compete globally.
April 03, 2017
SDWP has been the expert on San Diego County workforce issues for 40+ years. Because of this, our team is honored to be invited to engage with the community through events. This month, SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom had the privilege of sharing our programs and the state of regional workforce development at a variety of engagements, including those hosted by the Coronado Rotary Club and the North San Diego Business Chamber.
March 27, 2017
On March 24, approximately 40 stakeholders and elected officials attended the open house of the Reentry Works San Diego job center that opened in November 2016 at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (LCDRF) — a women’s facility in Santee, CA — thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. It is the second job center to open in a San Diego County jail; the one at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF) opened in 2015. Like the job center at EMRF, the one at LCDRF is the result of a partnership between SDWP and the San Diego County Sheriff’s and Probation departments.
March 24, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (January 2017 to February 2017) shows an increase in employment and decreases in the civilian unemployment rate and labor force.
March 22, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has received a $1 million grant from The James Irvine Foundation to expand CONNECT2Careers (C2C), SDWP’s youth and young adult employment initiative. C2C addresses unemployment for 16-24 year olds throughout San Diego County by aligning the career goals of young adults with businesses that are investing in our future workforce.
March 20, 2017
On March 18, CONNECT2Career’s School Break Externship Program participants attended their final training before they complete their second work experience during spring break. The School Break Externship Program subsidizes wages for 50 young adults, ages 16–24, to complete two foundational, short-term work experiences during their winter and spring breaks. This was the second training for the group, who also participated in the training and hiring event that took place in November at the San Diego Zoo.
March 16, 2017
On March 15, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and the San Diego Central Library hosted 357 young job seekers and 27 employers and agencies at C2C’S Annual Summer Kick-Off Job Fair. This unanticipated number of attendees represents three times the number that attended last year. The C2C team is extremely proud of these results and would like to thank all members of the community who made this event possible:
March 10, 2017
San Diego Youth Development Office (YDO) is an intermediary organization driving systems and policy changes that improve health, education and employment outcomes for children and young adults ages 0–24 in San Diego County. YDO provides expertise, data, technical assistance, services and products that support positive youth development by focusing primarily on prevention.
March 10, 2017
On April 13, the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) inaugural youth summit, Flip the Script: 53,000 Reasons to Change the Story of San Diego's Opportunity Youth, will address the disconnection crisis among the 53,000 San Diego County youth ages 16–24 who are not working or in school. Throughout the day we will pinpoint how to flip the script from “disconnection” to “opportunity.” At the event, which is being held at the Jacob’s Neighborhood Center for Innovation from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., will be a diverse gathering of our region’s young adults, parents, employers, workforce professionals, service providers, educators, funders, community members, elected leaders and more.
March 06, 2017
We may just be saying goodbye to winter, but it’s time to apply for summer jobs. On March 15, CONNECT2Careers will be helping young adults get a jump on summer job opportunities at C2C’s Young Adult Job and Resource Fair. This event has been planned to coincide with large-scale increases in hiring for the summer season, which are starting now.
March 06, 2017
Kandi Milli is a Human Resources Specialist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she describes her role, discusses what she likes best about working in workforce development and shares some of the things she loves doing in her free time. 
March 03, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (December 2016 to January 2017) shows increases in the civilian unemployment rate and labor force and a decrease in employment.
March 02, 2017
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the first job fair in a San Diego County jail was held for participants of East Mesa Reentry Facility’s (EMRF) culinary training program and Reentry Works San Diego job center. Fifty-six inmates who are within a year of release attended the job fair, holding portfolios containing their résumés and pointers from the San Diego Second Chance Program, the operator of the job center that organized the job fair along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. 
March 01, 2017
New members joined the San Diego Regional Consortium Policy Board as of the first meeting in February, including San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and City of San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry. 
March 01, 2017
On February 27–28, over 100 workforce development leaders gathered in San Francisco for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Region 6 Strategic Dialogue Convening. The Region 6 office, headed by Regional Administrator Virginia Hamilton, serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, American Samoa, Saipan-CNMI, Federated States of Micronesia and the Territory of Guam. 
February 21, 2017
This past January, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) won a one-year, $150,000 grant through the California Workforce Development Board’s Workforce Accelerator Fund to design and implement a new digital tool to improve SDWP’s business processes. SDWP has always been committed to improving service delivery for both our America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) customers and staff, but has needed an impartial party to study San Diego’s AJCC system inside-out and design a solution to best meet the needs of customers and a funding source to support that study. The Workforce Accelerator Fund is specifically designated to support California employment service providers in exploring innovative strategies for improving operations, and this award opened the door for SDWP to pursue that opportunity.
February 20, 2017
On February 17, SeaWorld welcomed business service representatives from 15 nonprofit agencies in partnership with CONNECT2Careers (C2C) for an employer social. The session provided deeper information about SeaWorld’s hiring process so community partners are better equipped to prepare individuals to apply at SeaWorld. Following the information session, SeaWorld employees gave the group a tour of the park, which highlighted the diverse opportunities available at SeaWorld and gave the business service representatives a chance to ask questions about specific positions.
February 13, 2017
On February 9, the first cohort of the San Diego Social Enterprise Accelerator met for a half-day of training and networking where they shared needs and learned from peers and Accelerator partners. Nine organizations — Center for Employment Opportunities, City Heights Coffee House, Dreams for Change, Goodwill Industries, Home Start Thrift Store, International Rescue Committee, Kitchens for Good, San Diego Coffee Training Institute and Youth Campaigns — are a part of the inaugural cohort, which will train 100 San Diego County residents who face barriers to employment. Each organization runs a double bottom line operation, putting emphasis on both social and economic output.
February 10, 2017
The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce’s (CSDBCC) strives to create generational wealth through business enterprise, education, employment and investments. “The goal is to really focus on building strong black businesses and strong chamber members,” says CSDBCC President Dr. Steven Jones. “Strong members make a strong Chamber.”
February 10, 2017
Valerio Pillado enrolled in Breaking Barriers San Diego in 2016. Here is his story in his own words.
February 08, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), REDF, and Mission Edge have partnered to launch the Social Enterprise Accelerator, a public-private initiative investing $245,000 in funds and technical assistance to nine San Diego social enterprises who have committed to training and hiring underserved residents.
February 02, 2017
Robert Chu is a Business and Training Programs 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.
February 01, 2017
Sarah Burns is Research Manager at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she answers some questions about one of the department’s latest labor market reports, In-Demand Jobs 2016, which uses employer feedback and labor market data to profile San Diego County’s top occupations.
January 26, 2017
On January 23–25, approximately 900 people gathered in Oakland, Calif. at the Linked Learning Convention 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 work-based learning experiences.
January 20, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (November 2016 to December 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 a revised 4.3 percent in November to 4.2 percent in December, remaining below the year-ago estimate of 4.8 percent. 
January 20, 2017
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom was in Washington, D.C. January 17–19 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 85th Winter Meeting. 
January 18, 2017
On Jan. 17, members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s youth programs team took part in a presentation about human-centered design at the California Workforce Association’s (CWA) Youth Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 
January 16, 2017
On January 12, during his State of the city address, Mayor Kevin Faulconer reminded the community about the importance of youth employment, highlighting the achievements of CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and other partners working to bring opportunity to all young people in San Diego. “Thousands of San Diego youth — many from our lowest income neighborhoods — have found the keys to a brighter future,” said Faulconer, effectively setting the tone for C2C’s upcoming year as the team works to increase impact and reach.
January 09, 2017
Interfaith Community Services, founded in 1979, addresses the needs of low-income, homeless, and under-served people in North San Diego County. Interfaith Community Services is the largest nonprofit organization in North San Diego County, with approximately 140 staff and more than 40 programs in nutrition and basic needs, employment, self-sufficiency and supportive services, behavioral health and recovery housing. The agency served 17,075 youth, seniors, veterans and other individuals last year alone.
January 09, 2017
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) mission is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
January 06, 2017
Leilani Cruz is a Systems Support 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. 
January 03, 2017
The San Diego Workforce Partnership had many memorable milestones, highlights and accomplishments in 2016 that helped us bring more opportunities to job seekers and businesses.