Success Stories

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).
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
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.
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.
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. 
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 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.
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.
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 10, 2017
Valerio Pillado enrolled in Breaking Barriers San Diego in 2016. Here is his story in his own words.