From surviving to living

April 4, 2018

Ahmed* was a medical doctor in his native Iraq. He, along with millions of others in areas occupied by ISIS, a jihadist group with historical ties to al-Qaeda, have fled from the violence and conflict to other cities and countries

TechHire brings together intern and edtech company in a perfect match

January 8, 2018

Roberto Solis Rodriguez had the ideal situation—he scored a paid internship while in school and the company where he interned liked him so much he got hired on full time at the end of his internship, before he even completed

Formerly incarcerated man says New Beginnings workshop truly lives up to its name

December 11, 2017

Christopher Johnson was in the first cohort of the New Beginnings workshop series developed for individuals re-entering the workforce after being involved with the justice system. Here Christopher shares his story in his own words as told during a workforce development board meeting.

From Air Force to workforce

November 8, 2017

Matt Roman was a client of workforce services programs and is now a manager of one. Roman served as a Security Forces Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. After he was separated from service in April 2013, he participated

From pilot program to pipetting

October 2, 2017

Iliana Pulido, 22, lives in the City Heights area of San Diego and received her high school diploma in 2013 from Arroyo Paseo Charter School. She started community college right after high school but left partway through her first semester

From mandatory supervision to union representation

October 2, 2017

A San Diegan since the age of 7, Jon-David used to enjoy golfing in Mission Valley. That all changed when he was incarcerated multiple times for multiple felonies. He was sentenced to a two-year “split” in his most recent stay—serving

Craft brewer discovers Customized Training at the perfect time

October 2, 2017

It was a cold email sent at just the right time that introduced Alex Pierson to the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Through Reimagine Retail, a grant funded by the Walmart Foundation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, SDWP was looking

Intern success shows what happens when C2C, employers and youth work together

July 3, 2017

At the beginning of June, Johnson Matthey, a San Diego Priority Sector employer in Advanced Manufacturing, became the latest company to hire through CONNECT2Careers (C2C). C2C’s team of business services representatives worked with Johnson Matthey to identify qualified intern candidates. The company hired

Career center helps man land full-time position

May 9, 2017

Mike R. was looking for a full-time position since the beginning of the year. Here he shares in his own words his path to a new position. I have been a member of the South County Career Center since January

ILSE’s ‘secret sauce’ of support lands student life sciences job

May 2, 2017

The Introductory Life Science Experience (ILSE) program was launched in October 2015 and has enrolled over 40 participants. It provides a re-entry pathway into a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers in life sciences for young adults ages 18–24