Success Stories

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.
October 28, 2015
Michael Cerdinio was a participant in SDWP’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) youth employment program. Through C2C he was placed in an internship with Buster Biofuels, a green energy company that creates Green Initiatives for restaurants in San Diego by reclaiming their used cooking oil and converting it into biodiesel fuel. The below is a letter Michael wrote to us one year after his internship.
November 10, 2015
In 1999, Andrew S. Colunga retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 22 years of service. His aviation background landed him a job at Boeing, but when the three-hour commute back and forth to Long Beach became too much, Colunga was ready for a change. He was surprised to find out that veterans receive priority services at all America’s Job Centers and took the advice of the Employment Development Department to visit the North County Coastal Career Center.
December 08, 2014
Arlyne Rodriguez joined the YMCA San Diego’s Urban Teacher Fellows (UTF) program in 2013. UTF assists students who want to become future educators in underserved urban neighborhoods in San Diego. The program supports students while they are enrolled as a liberal arts major at San Diego City College. Once the students complete the transfer requirements for liberal arts, they gain automatic admission to San Diego State University (SDSU) to continue their education.
August 21, 2014
Dr. Najwan Al Ani practiced medicine in Jordan and war-torn areas of Iraq for seven years before coming to the United States in 2010. She knew it would be a long process to achieve her dream of practicing medicine here in America, as foreign-trained doctors must redo a significant portion of their training, pass American licensing exams and compete for residency positions. But Najwan had help on her side.
August 05, 2014
Arianna first came to Escondido Education COMPACT in 2013, after years of personal struggles that involved substance abuse and incarceration at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego. COMPACT’s North County Youth Career Network Recovery and Re-Engagement program provides at-risk youth in North County with work-readiness training, establishing individual career pathways and, ultimately, linkages to employment.
June 09, 2014
Not long ago, Eugene Beronilla could sum up his employment situation as “overqualified and underemployed.” Fortunately for Beronilla, who had been looking for work for over a year, this happens to be the name of one of the workshops available to job seekers at the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated by KRA and funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP).