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May 18, 2018
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (March 2018 to April 2018) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force and employment and a decrease in the unemployment rate. Interact with the tabs below for more information.
May 07, 2018
On April 4–6, the Workforce of Tomorrow conference hosted by U.S. News STEM Solutions in Washington DC examined the complexities of developing a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), inviting leaders to bring key insights, innovative strategies and industry best practices to develop solutions for advancing this effort.
May 07, 2018
Workcon, sponsored by the California Workforce Association, is a unique gathering of workforce, education, economic development and government professionals and other key partners helping to provide a trained, skilled workforce to California’s diverse regional economies.
May 04, 2018
SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) announces the appointment of new members to its Workforce Development Board (WDB) and Consortium Policy Board. A new Consortium Policy Board Chair has also been named. Joining the WDB is Kaiser PermanenteChief Operating OfficerSammy R. Totah, Pharm.D.  “Workforce development is essential to the growth and well-being of our San Diego community,” said Totah. “I am honored to join the board and help build and foster a robust workforce for San Diego’s current and future needs.”
May 03, 2018
David Hastings is an Accounts Payable Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells a little bit about himself, both personally and professionally. 
May 02, 2018
Candace Vanderhoff spent over a decade founding businesses that aim to improve the environment. Vanderhoff previously had a greywater company prior to her current enterprise, Kaping, Inc., which makes the SoloBee, a pesticide-free nesting place for solitary native bees—the “unstung hero.”
April 30, 2018
Last month over 4,000 attendees gathered in downtown San Diego for the 9th annual ASU+GSV Summit. World leaders from over 40 countries joined innovative tech companies and education and workforce development professionals to discuss the future of education and the world of work.
April 27, 2018
“I never thought I would know anyone from Microsoft,” said Desjonae Hixon, who spoke at Opportunity Summit 2018: Initiate alongside Carmen Summers, the Southwest Region Technical Sales Director for Microsoft Public Cloud.
April 13, 2018
On April 12, more than 750 changemakers met for Opportunity Summit 2018: Initiate to step up community efforts to reduce youth disconnection in San Diego County. The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) welcomed some of the brightest and hardest working youth and adult leaders in the region to discuss this important issue. Here are 10 things we took away from the day:
April 06, 2018
The AjA Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego. Their mission: transform youth and communities through artistic expression. Since its founding, the AjA Project has been a highly organized, resourceful and effective arts education nonprofit that uses participatory photography to transform lives and break cycles of marginalization. Participatory photography is a practice that involves providing (often marginalized groups of) people with cameras to record their realities and perspectives.
April 05, 2018
Melinda Jackson is a Data Analyst at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally. 
April 04, 2018
Ahmed* was a medical doctor in his native Iraq. He, along with millions of others in areas occupied by ISIS, a jihadist group with historical ties to al-Qaeda, have fled from the violence and conflict to other cities and countries in recent years.
April 02, 2018
This year, Vista Unified School District and the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) began a new partnership to start preparing Vista Unified students for the world of work early on in their learning experiences. At the high school level, this has meant the first ever implementation of CONNECT2Careers (C2C) On Campus—a new model of bringing C2C staff on-site to work in school district offices, developing internship and work-readiness opportunities focused on the needs of students in that school district.
March 28, 2018
In May of 2017, the San Diego Workforce Partnership was awarded $500,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) governor’s discretionary funds to develop and implement a project that increases access, creates or enhances program structure and availability and provides supportive services within the local workforce system for California’s English Language Learner (ELL) population, which includes many foreign-born residents and those from non-English-speaking homes and backgrounds.
March 28, 2018
It was a banner year for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)’s The Forum 2018 in Washington, D.C., held March 24–27 and convening more than 1,200 workforce professionals from around the country. In addition to carrying home top workforce board honors in the form of the WIOA Trailblazer Award, SDWP staff led or appeared on the panels of nine breakout sessions. The SDWP team that attended included nine staff members, three board members and a CONNECT2Careers (C2C) youth leader.
March 16, 2018
On March 15, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) COO Andy Hall joined Measure of America Co-Director Kristen Lewis for a webinar that unveiled the latest numbers on the state of opportunity youth—young adults ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working—in San Diego County. The data is part of a collaboration between SDWP and Measure of America to assess youth disconnection, set goals and track progress in the San Diego region.
March 15, 2018
Opportunity Summit is back Thursday, April 12 at Town & Country San Diego in Mission Valley. The theme this year is "Initiate," from the proverb “If the youth are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.” A rockstar lineup of experts and young adults will take the stage to discuss solutions to reduce the number of youth ages 16–24 who are not working or in school in San Diego County. A brief summary of the plenary and breakout sessions are below. For full descriptions and program info, click the button below to download the full agenda.
March 12, 2018
“Urban Beats has taught me to love myself and never give up on seemingly unobtainable dreams. Here I feel safe and free to think big and change the outlook and stigma of mental illness,” says Autumn, a young adult who's participated in an innovative artistic expression program offered by Urban Beats. The program serves for transitional age youth (TAY)–young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 who are at risk of experiencing a mental health challenge.
March 08, 2018
Kameron Bacon is a Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells a little bit about himself, both personally and professionally. 
March 05, 2018
The importance of STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and math—education is often mentioned in the world of workforce development, but how often do we hear specifically about the A?
February 28, 2018
One objective of workforce development is to help people move up the economic ladder, otherwise known as income mobility. The nation’s foremost expert on this topic, renowned Stanford University economics professor Raj Chetty, Ph.D., came to San Diego on February 27 and spoke in front of 300 attendees at the Jacobs Center. The event was co-convened by National University and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
February 21, 2018
The U.S. incarcerates people at a higher rate than any other country. What’s more, within three years of release approximately two-thirds of the formerly incarcerated are rearrested and sent back to prison. On February 20, The Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation hosted the San Diego premiere of “Beyond the Wall,”  a documentary following five formerly incarcerated men as they attempt to rebuild their lives on the streets of Massachusetts. The Center for Employment  Opportunities (CEO), whose employment reentry intervention has been proven to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and yield the public up to $3.30 savings for every taxpayer dollar of program cost, was a key partner in putting on the program. County Supervisor Greg Cox joined the event to present a county proclamation to CEO honoring their great work in our community.
February 16, 2018
On February 15, the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) program received a proclamation from the city council declaring February 15, 2018 “CONNECT2Careers Day” in the city of San Diego. Councilmember Barbara Bry presented the proclamation during SDWP’s Workforce Development Board meeting.
February 08, 2018
It should be the prime of life—a time of growth, potential and opportunity—young adulthood. In the years between ages 16 and 24, most San Diegans are finishing high school, pursuing a post-secondary degree or certificate, and working in a first or second job along the way to get launched in a career. Yet for too many young people in our community, this is not their experience. On April 12, we are building our collective knowledge and networks to give every San Diegan the power and support to launch successfully into adulthood. Join us for Opportunity Summit 2018: Initiate.
February 07, 2018
Washington, D.C.—The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce development boards nationwide and their network of American Job Centers, has announced the 2018 winners of its annual WIOA Trailblazer Award.
February 07, 2018
“The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings, who might change the world.”
February 05, 2018
Vicki Brannock is a Director of Programs at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.
January 22, 2018
Walmart invited a select group from around the country to Bentonville, Arkansas on January 19 for the inaugural Conference on American Life. San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) CEO Peter Callstrom was honored to be one of the few workforce development leaders in the country to be included.
January 19, 2018
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (November 2017 to December 2017) shows an decrease in the civilian labor force and employment and a decrease in the unemployment rate.1
January 19, 2018
Along with the new year comes a new economic forecast for San Diego County. On January 18, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the future of the economy, urban development, aging population and the region’s growing Blue Economy at the 34th Annual San Diego County Economic Roundtable hosted by the University of San Diego School of Business and co-presented by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), the County of San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
January 12, 2018
Sandy Bauler was watching a 30-second commercial showing two parents and their child, who is dressed in an astronaut suit and helmet, check in at the airport for a flight. The family goes through security and is then greeted by airline staff at the gate. As the three of them are about to board, the child removes the helmet and reveals a huge smile on a young girl’s face.
January 10, 2018
In December 2017, Southeastern San Diego’s Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation added three new members to the board—all of whom are current residents of the area being served by the nonprofit. This unique twist on a traditional board structure exemplifies the Jacobs Center’s commitment to fulfilling their mission to improve the neighborhood of Southeastern San Diego with the help and input of residents.
January 09, 2018
Naomi Moore is a Peer Job Coach 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?  
January 08, 2018
Roberto Solis Rodriguez had the ideal situation—he scored a paid internship while in school and the company where he interned liked him so much he got hired on full time at the end of his internship, before he even completed his education.
January 04, 2018
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), the national veteran unemployment rate is currently 3.8 percent, the lowest December veteran unemployment rate in over a decade. Additionally, Gulf War II-era veterans (those who served after September 11, 2001) showed a rate of 3.3 percent for the month.
January 03, 2018
This past November our CONNECT2Careers (C2C) Training Coordinator Amber Shevin had the opportunity to attend the Association for Experiential Education's (AEE) annual conference in Montreal, Canada. AEE brought together outdoor and experiential education professionals from around the world to discuss innovative techniques and new ideas in the field of engagement-based learning.
January 02, 2018
This December, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) hit its goal of providing 2,000 employment opportunities to San Diego County young adults in 2017. This represents more than doubling job placements from 2016—which was a twofold increase from the year prior.
January 02, 2018
The San Diego Workforce Partnership had many memorable milestones, highlights and accomplishments in 2017 that helped us bring more opportunities to job seekers and businesses.