SDWP funds programs that align the career aspirations of job seekers with the needs of employers. Many of our programs are operated by our funded partners, which include educational institutions, public, private and nonprofit agencies. Eligibility varies by program.

America's Job Center of California (AJCC)

Offers universal “one-stop” access to workforce development services such as job placement, skill assessment, workshops, referrals and scholarships to education and training programs, unemployment insurance information, labor market information and other services that support career success for all San Diego County job seekers.

Breaking Barriers San Diego

Provides employment and supportive services to low-income individuals with disabilities.

CONNECT2Careers (C2C)

Provides young adults ages 16–24 the opportunity to develop soft skills, earn a paycheck, gain valuable work experience and obtain exposure to various career pathways. 

Employee Retention Program

Povides businesses at risk of laying off employees with business process improvement services in order to avert layoffs, stabilize companies and prevent downsizing.

Expanded Subsidized Employment

Moves Welfare-to-Work participants from public assistance to self-sufficiency through placement in subsidized employment in San Diego’s growing companies and sectors.

Independent Living Skills

Provides case management and supportive services in the areas of housing, employment and education alongside intensive work-readiness classes and workshops, career exploration and job shadowing experiences, internships and job placement services, and assistance with vocational and post-secondary preparation. 

Introductory Life Sciences Experience

Provides comprehensive workforce services to out-of-school youth ages 17–24 to prepare them for community college courses, career exploration and paid work experience in the life sciences/biotechnology industry.

Layoff Transition

Provides resources that will help workers manage the effects of layoffs and get back to work as quickly as possible.

Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI)

Connects high school students and teachers with leading San Diego life sciences companies through student internships and teacher externships.

Out-of-School Youth

Provides access and entry into post-secondary education and/or occupational/technical skills training and career pathways for young adults who are not working or in school.

Price Scholars

Assists first-generation college bound youth from San Diego in completing an associate degree and/or certificate program at San Diego City College for up to 3 years.

Reentry Works

Specialized, jail-based AJCC provides justice-involved individuals with pre-release job-readiness and job search training, workshops and case management, while strengthening links to post-release services.

San Pasqual Academy

First in the nation residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. SPA’s work-readiness and self-sufficiency program, Youth Empowerment Services, provides direct services to youth in financial literacy, leadership development, internships, job shadowing, career explorations and job placement.

Supported Employment

Reduces stigma of mental illness while increasing employment opportunities for individuals with lived experience of mental illness.


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