Virtual Microsoft training lands former project manager job in San Diego’s tech industry

January 6, 2021

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Simon Eisinger was a participant in TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here he tells us about how one of the training programs helped him prepare for employment. 

Catalyst is working to change San Diego for the better

January 5, 2021


Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, formally San Diego Grantmakers, is an action network of funders building an equitable, impactful social change ecosystem for San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Externships benefit students and small businesses

January 5, 2021


The Workforce Partnership School Break Externship program provides up to 100 high school and college students ages 16-24 with paid, short-term work experiences.

Board Member Profile: Meet Sandra Shuda of Watkins Wellness

January 4, 2021

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Sandra Shuda is a native San Diegan who currently serves as Vice President of People Services and Culture at Watkins Wellness and will be celebrating her retirement in February 2021. She has been a great asset to the Workforce Development Board and we are thankful for her service. Here she tells us a little bit about her.

Staff profile: Meet Jon Carr

December 22, 2020

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Jon Carr is a compliance supervisor at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells us a little about himself, both personally and professionally, and how his work has changed over the last year.

Top 10 Workforce Moments of 2020

December 10, 2020

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While it’s certainly been the wildest year in collective experience any of us have been a part of, we feel blessed to close out the year with hope, celebrating the resilience, creativity and collective spirit that have carried us through some very difficult times. Here’s a look at some of our top moments from 2020.

One determined San Diego mom fights on through loss and pandemic to provide for her family

December 4, 2020

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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.

10 organizations we’re supporting this holiday season

December 3, 2020


If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been a tough year. But we’ve been so encouraged to see how people have rallied together to support our community. The same goes for our staff who have found comfort in donating their time, money and talent to make San Diego better. Looking for opportunities to help? Check out our staff recommendations for inspiration.

The nexus of systemic racism, criminal justice and economic opportunity

December 3, 2020

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The evidence of racial bias in our criminal justice system is overwhelming. But it is critical that we reflect more on the interrelation of racism in our justice system and the impacts that reverberate out to our economy and workforce that have lasting consequences for our society.

The Beyster Institute works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership

December 2, 2020


The Beyster Institute at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership as an effective and responsible business model.