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.
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 the San Diego Workforce Partnership (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 funded by the Department of Labor through the Workforce Inonovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—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.