Faces of Workforce
December 4, 2020
This year turned Heather Villegas’ life upside down. The unexpected loss of her husband as well as her job and health due to COVID-19 left her struggling to provide for her three children on her own. Hearing about the career centers On-the-Job Training was a turning point for her. Read on as Heather tells her story in her own words.
September 4, 2020
Prior to joining the Workforce Income Share Agreement (ISA) Fund, Ari Emdur was working as a stagehand and wasn’t getting the hours he needed at his job to support his family. He thought an ISA might just be the perfect way to break into tech. It turns out he was right.
July 28, 2020
Karen Castro was a participant of TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here she tells her story of how the program helped her achieve her employment goals.
March 1, 2020
Twenty-two-year-old Gabriel Souza left Curitiba, Brazil just over one year ago. Living in San Diego he expected to learn a new language and adjust to new customs but was surprised with a helping hand and a college scholarship through San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDG2CC).
January 31, 2020
Mariia Sirenko knows firsthand the challenges of finding quality work as a creative. After applying for many entry level graphic design opportunities and not getting any responses through sites like Indeed.com, Facebook and Internship.com, she began to feel discouraged.
December 10, 2019
This Way Ahead has helped many young adults get their foot into the retail world. A program of the San Diego Workforce Partnership supported by Gap Inc., This Way Ahead helps young adults ages 16–24 from low-income communities develop skills for a life-changing
October 22, 2019
An animal lover, Taylor wanted to become a veterinary assistant. Taylor found out at a job fair that MiraCosta College’s Technology Career Institute (TCI) offered a certificate-granting program in this field, and staff there and her GenerateHope case manager referred her to Interfaith Community Services’ Transitional Youth Academy (TYA), which funded the vet assistant program, paying for books, supplies and transportation.
October 1, 2019
After graduating JRT, Juan enrolled at City College, works at the shipyard and looks forward to a career in HVAC. He also has reconnected with his mom, his sisters and his grown son, who now proudly tells his father, “I can talk to my friends about you!”
August 27, 2019
Kitchens for Good graduate Charla Walls shares her story in her own words: “I now believe in myself and my past bad choices are no longer a hindrance to me, they are just my past. My future is now bright—I can clearly visualize myself growing in the field.”
July 24, 2019
With Workforce Partnership funds supporting the work of Interfaith Community Services’ Transitional Youth Academy, Abraham received funding to pay for his Engineering Technician training and received work-readiness training, resume development, job search support, money management and soft skills training.