December 22, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (October 2017 to November 2017) shows increases in the civilian labor force and employment and a decrease in the unemployment rate.1
December 11, 2017
South Bay Community Services (SBCS) has partnered with the San Diego Workforce Partnership for over 10 years. With the support of WIA/WIOA funding, SBCS has served over 800 foster youth and provided hundreds of youth valuable work experience opportunities, highlighting the impact of this collaboration between the San Diego Department of Health and Human Services, SBCS and SDWP. The effectiveness of the work is validated by the County of San Diego’s continued support and funding.
December 11, 2017
Roughly seven million Californians, or nearly one in three adults, have an arrest or conviction record, which significantly undermines efforts to obtain gainful employment. Research shows that employment is essential in reducing recidivism. Employment is key to helping formerly incarcerated people support themselves and their families. A job develops prosocial behavior, strengthens community ties, enhances self-esteem and improves mental health.1
December 11, 2017
Are you leveraging LinkedIn in your job search? On November 28, over 70 jobseekers gathered at the North City Campus of San Diego Continuing Education for Rock Your Profile where they learned about the power of creating a professional LinkedIn profile. The San Diego Workforce Partnership’s TechHire program partnered with Microsoft and LinkedIn on this live training for job seekers looking to boost their personal brand. Attendees learned how to make their profile stand out to employers, best practices for searching and applying for jobs via LinkedIn and received free professional headshots courtesy of Microsoft’s Fashion Valley team.
December 11, 2017
Two-thirds of veterans leave the military without a job—how can workforce development better serve those who’ve served? Part of the answer, according to the opening discussion of the Council on Foundations’ (COF) Veterans Philanthropy Exchange’s Mid-Year Convening, lies in understanding that the world of work is changing for everyone, including veterans.
December 07, 2017
Sandy Bauler is a Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally. What is a typical day like for you?  
December 07, 2017
Two members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) leadership team—Brooke Valle, Vice President of Programs, and Karmin Noar, Director of Programs—were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s Business Women of the Year Awards on November 15. The annual event recognizes dynamic business leaders and role models, selected for their achievements and contributions to San Diego companies.
November 17, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (September 2017 to October 2017) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force, an increase in employment and a decrease in the unemployment rate.1
November 15, 2017
SDWP’s research team was invited to share insights at Emsi’s 2017 Conference in a session called “Fuel Your Business Services With Best Practices in Workforce Research,” which shared how SDWP uses labor market research to develop programs with employers. By combining both research and business programs into one department, SDWP capitalizes on warm employer leads from labor market research to develop sector-specific strategies with and for employers. SDWP presented in collaboration with the Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research, and highlighted how regional collaboration enhances the effectiveness of both organizations.
November 10, 2017
For Nana Robitashvili, spending six weeks in the United States ended up being an important learning experience in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
November 09, 2017
Each year The Maritime Alliance (TMA) honors a select number of individuals and organizations at the Maritime Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony for their work in the Blue Economy. The San Diego Workforce Partnership was selected to receive the Educational Outreach Award at the 9th annual Maritime Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on November 8 aboard the Inspiration Hornblower, for its research on the sector.
November 09, 2017
On November 8, more than 1,000 Live Well San Diego Recognized Partners and other organizational leaders gathered for a unique and interactive opportunity to advance a shared vision. This year’s Live Well Advance theme was Living Well Across the Ages, which acknowledges the importance of building better health, living safely and thriving throughout the lives of San Diego County's 3.3 million residents.
November 08, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has announced the appointment of two new members to its Workforce Development Board (WDB). The two new board members are:
November 08, 2017
Matt Roman was a client of workforce services programs and is now a manager of one.
November 06, 2017
Marcus Jackson is a Technology Services Manager at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells a little bit about himself.
November 03, 2017
With 6,190 establishments offering 168,347 jobs (as of 2016), Advanced Manufacturing was identified as a Priority Sector by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) in 2014. It is, however, still an oft-misunderstood sector. Advanced Manufacturing—which has seen seven percent more jobs in the 10 years since 2006—uses advanced technology and processes to create goods for consumers and businesses, including industries as diverse as electronics, aerospace, fabrication metals, biotechnology and maritime.
November 03, 2017
This fall, Arielle Cook became one of the first CONNECT2Careers (C2C) participants to begin a Bank of America Military-Connected Youth Internship. Bank of America partnered with C2C to create this exciting internship program, providing subsidized wages for 25 military-connected young adults (including young veterans and children of military families) to complete 40-hour internships.
October 27, 2017
On October 26, 500 educators, community-based organizations, career counselors and community leaders gathered at the Jacobs Center for the sold-out Workforce Conference: Creating Opportunity. 
October 25, 2017
The Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) is a training and internship program that prepares talented high school and college students for careers in San Diego’s Life Sciences and Health Care fields. Over the course of the summer, students complete a one-week boot camp where they receive training in fundamental lab skills, safety practices and soft skills before completing a paid internship working alongside professional scientists in one of San Diego’s world-renowned Life Sciences companies. The San Diego Workforce Partnership created LSSI in 2005 in collaboration with Biocom and the Southern California Biotechnology Center at Miramar College, and since its inception, the program has served 558 students, offering 45 internships this year.
October 20, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (August 2017 to September 2017) shows increases in the civilian labor force and employment and a decrease in the unemployment rate.1
October 13, 2017
Data is everywhere. And when used correctly, data can be “hacked” to reveal important trends, patterns and conclusions that have the potential to better shape the health and future of our community. Data analytics play an increasingly large role in the operations of many San Diego companies, who are creating more jobs every year in this field but struggle to find qualified candidates to fill them.
October 09, 2017
Did you know? The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), established in 1963, administers the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country. 
October 09, 2017
Angel Stancer is a Business Programs Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.
October 06, 2017
A binational delegation of 163 business, government and community leaders from the San Diego/Cali-Baja region traveled to Washington, DC September 24–27 to elevate the region’s priorities on the national agenda. Workforce development was a strong theme in meetings with Congress and the administration, alongside DACA, border issues, trade and health.
October 02, 2017
A San Diegan since the age of 7, Jon-David used to enjoy golfing in Mission Valley. That all changed when he was incarcerated multiple times for multiple felonies. He was sentenced to a two-year “split” in his most recent stay—serving one year at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF) and the other under mandatory supervision. He completed his year of supervised release earlier this year.
October 02, 2017
Iliana Pulido, 22, lives in the City Heights area of San Diego and received her high school diploma in 2013 from Arroyo Paseo Charter School. She started community college right after high school but left partway through her first semester for family reasons.
October 02, 2017
It was a cold email sent at just the right time that introduced Alex Pierson to the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Through Reimagine Retail, a grant funded by the Walmart Foundation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, SDWP was looking for retail employers interested in upskilling workers through Customized Training (CT).
September 28, 2017
New poll finds support among nearly nine in 10 voters that is shared throughout the county and across party affiliations
September 22, 2017
In September 2017, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) partnered with two elected officials to host job fairs in the respective areas they serve. These job fairs each had multiple employers and many job seekers in attendance, showing the positive impact that these partnerships have in the community.
September 22, 2017
One of the best social changes in America is the dramatic drop in teen pregnancy. Just in the past 15 years, births to teen moms in San Diego County plummeted by nearly half, from 4,277 in 1998 to just 2,244 in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available). This is an enormously positive improvement because teen parents are much less likely to complete high school (let alone college), and being the child of teen parents also bodes poorly for life opportunities.
September 18, 2017
Overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline on the top floor of the San Diego Central Library, the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers hosted their 2nd Annual Workforce Development Hiring Fair (aka JOB-I-CON) on September 15. 
September 18, 2017
San Diego Metropolitan magazine has named San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Chief Operating Officer Andy Hall as one of its 2017 40 Under 40 Award honorees. This impactful group of men and women represent some of the best and brightest minds in San Diego County.
September 15, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (July 2017 to August 2017) shows an increase in the civilian labor force, a decrease in employment and no change in the unemployment rate. 1
September 11, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has announced a new board chair and the appointment of five new members to its Workforce Development Board (WDB). Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower Staffing/San Diego will serve a two-year term as chair of the Board. He is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. Manpower’s focus is on IT engineering, finance, advanced manufacturing and providing temporary, permanent and “Search and Career” coaching services. The five new board members are:
September 08, 2017
The California Workforce Association’s annual Meeting of the Minds (MMM) took place September 5–7 in Monterey, Calif. This year’s theme was “Driven by Demand,” and focused on high-level discussions on the state and direction of the workforce development system. The gathering of thought leaders and policy makers focused on helping the public workforce system become even more demand driven. Sessions—many led by staff of the San Diego Workforce Partnership—focused on policies, programs and practices that capture how business and industry engagement is evolving, and how the “supply side” is changing in response to this more in-depth partnership with business.
September 07, 2017
Ernesto Rivera is a Youth Programs Coordinator with the CONNECT2Careers team at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells a little bit about himself.
September 06, 2017
San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), a part of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), is the largest public adult education entity of its kind. Last academic year, SDCE awarded nearly 10,000 certificates through its no-cost education programs, which allow students to sharpen their skills or learn something new—no tuition payment or enrollment fees required.
September 06, 2017
Business 101 Series A CFO was looking at the budget for employee training at his organization and asked the manager, “What if we spend all of this money on training and the employee leaves? The response was, “What if we don’t and they stay?”. 
September 05, 2017
On September 1, Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown was joined by state and local corrections officials and other leaders for the 2017 San Diego Employer Forum at the Jacobs Center.
September 01, 2017
San Diego’s economic recovery since the Great Recession has been a story of resiliency, supported by a diverse set of economic contributors and driven by technological advances in the workforce.
August 30, 2017
On August 29, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Manager of Adult Programs Kristen Walker participated on a panel presentation at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration Regions 4 and 6 Peer-to-Peer Training, held in San Francisco August 29–31.
August 30, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA — Amgen Foundation announced it has renewed its partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to bring the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) to local classrooms as part of a $10.5 million investment in the longstanding science education program. The San Diego Amgen Biotech Experience will receive $75,000 annually for three years.
August 24, 2017
On August 23, a delegation from Frankfurt, Germany learned about the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF) and Reentry Works on a visit made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
August 18, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (June 2017 to July 2017) shows an increase in the civilian labor force, an increase in employment and an increase in the unemployment rate.1
August 10, 2017
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is a premier, nonprofit research institution with two campuses, La Jolla, CA and Jupiter, FL. TSRI focuses on basic biomedical science, which refers to researching fundamental building blocks and their influence on larger human conditions. For example, Scripps scientists may look at how small changes within one molecule or one protein can affect things like Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, cataracts and circadian rhythm.
August 08, 2017
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) has partnered with the City of San Diego to offer C2C internships with the city to 50 opportunity youth (young adults who are not enrolled in school and not working) this fall. Each young adult, who must be a City of San Diego resident, will experience up to 75 paid work hours over 10 weeks. Interns will work alongside mentors from various City of San Diego departments and attend three trainings:
August 08, 2017
Laura Roderickz is a Research Analyst at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.
August 02, 2017
On August 1, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) business services team shared about SDWP’s various business programs to members of the Hospitality Human Resources Association (HHRA). Thirty-seven individuals attended the event, held at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown.
July 27, 2017
On July 26, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Senior Database Developer Jeremy Bante presented "Big Data for the Little Guy" at the 2017 FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), the premier annual gathering of FileMaker developers from around the world for sharing expertise and new ideas. More than 1,600 attendees gathered in Phoenix this year—a new record for the conference.
July 21, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (May 2017 to June 2017) shows an increase in the civilian labor force, a decrease in employment, and an increase in the unemployment rate.1
July 21, 2017
When does workforce development begin? In your first job? When you pick your major in college?
July 21, 2017
The San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) network of America's Job Center of California (AJCC) sites and affiliate locations offer workshops, job search assistance and many other resources to all San Diego County job seekers, regardless of income or background, free of charge.
July 20, 2017
A 2016 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that professional development opportunities rank in the top 10 perks for attracting and retaining employees. But training doesn’t have to be a large-scale, expensive endeavor. Staff of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) have participated in many professional development opportunities in the community. At a recent voluntary brown bag lunch session coordinated and presented by graduates of various programs, staff learned about professional development opportunities in the community.
July 17, 2017
As Jose’s time of incarceration at the East Mesa Reentry Facility was drawing to a close, he made the important decision to start preparing for life “on the outside” by coming to the East Mesa Second Chance Job Center, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and collaboration between SDWP and the San Diego County Sheriff’s and Probation departments.
July 10, 2017
Corinne Rowin is a Program Specialist on the CONNECT2Careers team at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 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.
July 07, 2017
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is working with faith-based leaders in Southeastern San Diego to support programs that place 16-24 year-olds in work experiences. These partnerships are designed to expand the reach of CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and support the efforts and capacity of local, grass roots efforts already happening in the community.
July 07, 2017
CONNECT2Careers (C2C) is offering free workshops hosted by MAAC Project in the month of July open to all San Diego County residents ages 16–24. Training specialists will provide young adults with helpful tips and tools to gain employment and introduce them to the soft skills necessary to get and keep a job.
July 03, 2017
At the beginning of June, Johnson Matthey, a San Diego Priority Sector employer in Advanced Manufacturing, became the latest company to hire through CONNECT2Careers (C2C). C2C’s team of business services representatives worked with Johnson Matthey to identify qualified intern candidates. The company hired two young adults, Jade Sommers and Charles Bruckman, for the summer. “My experience working with CONNECT2Careers while applying for Johnson Matthey was great,” says Sommers, sharing that she had been searching for an internship for a month before hearing about this opportunity.
June 28, 2017
On June 27, 11 National Association of Workforce Board (NAWB) staff and members, including San Diego Workforce Partnership COO Andy Hall, visited Capitol Hill to meet with 11 members of Congress, including Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI).
June 26, 2017
On June 19–23, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) kicked off its STEAM programming for the summer with the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) Boot Camp. Forty students participated in the week-long immersive training where they learned fundamental biotech lab skills, such as pipetting, and applied them in real-world research exercises, including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reactions, protein modeling and much more. Participants also completed a work readiness workshop on soft skills and professional communication. Offered as an intensive lab at Grossmont and Miramar Colleges, participants received transferable college credits for graduating from the Boot Camp.
June 26, 2017
Bank of America announced $417,000 in economic mobility grants to 65 nonprofits working to increase basic needs, workforce development and education opportunities in San Diego. The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a $50,000 award for its CONNECT2Careers (C2C) program that trains young adults through personal peer job coaching, training and supports necessary to obtain and maintain a job.
June 23, 2017
The San Diego Workforce Partnership recently partnered with Google to offer a pilot curriculum that will teach adult learners how to use the G Suite applications to prepare for an evolving job market.
June 23, 2017
The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has released its Flip the Script Action Plan outlining the focus areas and concrete steps that need to be taken in San Diego County to address youth disconnection. By carrying out this plan, the community can "cut the rate" and "halve the gap" by 2020. 
June 16, 2017
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (April 2017 to May 2017) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force, an increase employment, and a decrease in the unemployment rate. 1
June 14, 2017
By Peter Callstrom, CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership The idea of “workforce development week” by the Trump administration sounds promising…on the surface. However, the President’s proposed budget plan includes a 40% cut in funding. That is not a typo. This is not a cut. This is absurd. This is an evisceration of a system that works.
June 12, 2017
On Friday, June 9 at the Marriot Mission Valley, SDWP Program Specialist Mario Becerra and Tom Stubberud of Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) were recognized at the 31st Annual Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner for their work on the Work Well Initiative — a county-wide strategic plan on which SDWP had partnered with CSH — to increase employment for those with lived experience of mental illness.
June 09, 2017
On Thursday, June 8, the San Diego Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) held its annual awards luncheon at the Marriot Courtyard in Liberty Station to recognize consumers, employers and community agencies of excellence.
June 08, 2017
Paul Dacanay is a Database Developer/Administrator with the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Here he describes a typical day in the office, discusses what he likes best about working in workforce development and shares what he enjoys doing outside of the office.   
May 29, 2017
The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference took place in San Diego May 24–26 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. SDWP participated in the plenary and one of the breakout sessions. 
May 26, 2017
A manufacturing tour by any other name may not achieve as much as the ones organized by the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC).
May 25, 2017
With over 43,000 young people ages 16–24 in San Diego County who are not in school or working, it’s critical to address issues of education and career early in a student’s life to change this outcome from disconnection to opportunity. On May 24, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) and San Diego Unified School District partnered to host a Career Day at Roosevelt International Middle School, located in the heart of Balboa Park, to expose students to career opportunities in San Diego. The goal of the event was to engage and inspire students at a young age by developing their interests and talents, paving the way for them to one day be contributors to our region’s growing economy.
May 24, 2017
On May 23, SDWP COO Andy Hall participated in a San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce cross-border business forum in Tijuana, a quarterly gathering that provides business leaders knowledge and resources needed to thrive within the binational marketplace. 
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 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 12, 2017
On May 11, 2017, One San Diego teamed up with Illumina to provide an all-day STEM Career Connections event for over 175 San Diego high school students. These students were introduced to the various careers at Illumina and given the latest updates on genome sequencing technology.
May 11, 2017
On Wednesday, May 10, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) celebrated the end of the School Break Externship Program for the 2016–2017 program year. The young adults who participated were invited to attend a ceremony at the Downtown Public Library with their families and invited guests. The ceremony highlighted the dedication and hard work of the externs, who each completed two short work assignments during their winter and spring breaks from school.
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
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 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 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 02, 2017
The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Workforce Development Board, and Employment Development Department awarded five entities, including the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), with a total of $2.5 million in grants to assist in the coordination of resources under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to serve the English Language Learner (ELL) population.
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.
May 01, 2017
With a new Amazon Fulfillment Center opening in National City, the National City Chamber of Commerce reached out to the South County Career Center for assistance with the hiring of 300 part-time seasonal shipping and receiving associates, who will be managing the receiving of truck deliveries and packages. 
April 27, 2017
Funding will expand in Reimagine Retail to investigate strategies for collaborating with employers on job quality and worker advancement
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 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
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 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 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
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.
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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
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. 
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. 
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.