Success Stories

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.
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.
October 07, 2015
Ashley Rodriguez could have been a statistic. Using drugs between 13 and 15, she dropped out of school in 10th grade and became a single parent at 16. 
June 30, 2015
Malcolm Charles understands his customers like few other servers can.  “I’ve been homeless before,” shares Malcolm, who is currently working on a food truck that specializes in serving the homeless population.
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.