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).
December 04, 2013
After nearly two years of being out of work, having been laid off from his job at a steel shop, getting his foot in the door was all Joel Vazquez needed to land a full-time job.
June 19, 2013
When Oceania Robinson arrived for orientation at Comprehensive Training Systems (CTS) she was a young, unemployed, single mother, struggling to provide for her son with the help of public assistance. She had recently relocated to San Diego from Texas, after losing her job, and was hoping to provide a better life for her family.