Success Stories

February 10, 2017
Valerio Pillado enrolled in Breaking Barriers San Diego in 2016. Here is his story in his own words.
October 27, 2016
Established in 1980 in a small garage woodshop, Spooner’s Woodworks has grown to be a premiere architectural woodwork firm serving all commercial markets, with a focus on tenant improvements, primary/secondary education, military, public works, medical and hospitality sectors.
October 27, 2016
When Alicia Vasquez found out she’d been placed at SDWP for job shadow day during her senior year, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
October 27, 2016
When Mark Bradley first heard about Breaking Barriers (BBSD) he was doing his best to get back on his feet. Mark was out of work and receiving substance abuse services treatment from Mental Health Systems’ San Diego Center for Change, funded through the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services. That’s where he met a representative from South County Career Center — part of the America’s Job Center of California network — who came to a meeting to present on BBSD. Though Mark had a lot of questions, he decided to enroll.
October 03, 2016
Hailing from Torreón, Coahuila in Mexico, Ernesto de Leon had already completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and a master’s in quality and productivity when he fell in love with partner Jesse Cruz 10 years ago. He decided to move here for Jesse four years ago, which meant he has had to adapt to a new environment and a new language, using the opportunity to choose a new career pathway.
September 06, 2016
The Arc of San Diego, one of the largest service providers for children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, finds employment for people with disabilities in a variety of positions and industries throughout the community. 
July 26, 2016
After a career in the food and beverage industry, U.S. Navy veteran Daniel Martinez realized that though he was good at his job as a manager and the industry had provided him with great opportunities, the long hours and low pay weren’t sustainable, and he was interested in a different career. A restaurant apparently was a good place for networking, though; a customer who had found a good job with the help of the North County Career Center encouraged him to seek help there too.
June 01, 2016
When Desiman Miller first entered the East Mesa Reentry Facility, he promised himself he’d make the most of his time there. He enrolled in over 25 classes and spent his free time reading books focused on learning new skills and bettering himself.
April 06, 2016
Marcia Knabe had a background in corrections, but wanted to do less physically demanding work. She came to the East County Career Center, an America’ Job Center of California (AJCC) site, determined to continue working but in a less physical role.
February 23, 2016
In some ways, Andrea is like many other high school students; she enjoys going to the movies with friends and works at a restaurant in her spare time.