Success Stories

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.
February 04, 2016
Jonathan King was unemployed when he joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center at the downtown library — one in a network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites — in August 2014. He had been laid off as the Interim Vice President of Colorado Mountain College and relocated to San Diego. Jobs were scarce but he had hopes of becoming an academic director at a university.
October 14, 2015
When the Burmese Army began making life difficult for his and nearby villages, Lian Thang knew he had to flee for his safety.
October 14, 2015
Chante Yuban Brookins was working as a preschool teacher when she lost her job. For the next two months, she took on the odd cleaning or babysitting job.
December 11, 2015
Situated behind another outlet mall next to the fence separating the United States and Mexico, the new San Diego Outlets at the Border (opened October 2014) is not immediately obvious from the main road. Once you find it, however, you realize this small but mighty new establishment not only has great retail spaces, it also has a lot of great stories.