January 09, 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.
- We partnered with Mission Edge and REDF 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.
- We focused on linking employers with incarcerated individuals by coordinating the first job fair in a jail and shared the benefits of hiring the formerly incarcerated at the CALPIA employer forum attended by Governor Jerry Brown. When employers hire the formerly incarcerated, success can happen for all.
- We focused on opportunity youth: We received a $1M grant from The James Irvine Foundtion to expand CONNECT2Careers (C2C) to serve more young adults who are not in school and not working, hosted a summit connecting practitioners and young adults to create solutions for the 43,000 disconnected youth in San Diego County, and C2C offered opportunity youth a chance to work with the City of San Diego in paid internships.
- C2C met its goal of placing 2,000 young adults in jobs, starting off strong with a job fair attended by over 350 young job seekers and 27 employers and agencies.
- We served thousands of job seekers like U.S. Air Force veteran Matt Roman in our six America's Job Center of California locations.
- We won grants from The San Diego Foundation and Amgen Foundation to expand high school STEAM initiatives.
- We won various grants to support specific sectors and populations, including retail workers, military-connected young adults, and English Language Learners.
- As part of TechHire San Diego, we are bringing together candidates in tech fields from nontraditional backgrounds and employers looking for talent.
- Our business services helped breweries like Rough Draft Brewing Company and Amplified Ale Works train more workers.
- We convened workforce professionals, educators, and community partners at San Diego Workforce Conference 2017 for an in-depth look at newly released labor market information and regional workforce development initiatives underway across San Diego County.