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 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.