New Americans make San Diego’s economy work—now let’s make it work for them

October 21, 2020

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To address inequity, we must be willing to ask hard questions, make unpopular decisions and stand for what is right. Diversity is one of San Diego’s greatest strengths, yet people of color face dramatic inequities in our local education, employment, healthcare, banking and justice systems. Immigrants and English learners—over a quarter of San Diegans—face inequities tied to legal status, language fluency, skin color and religion. If our economy is to thrive, this cannot stand.

Race, Equity & Worker Power in San Diego County

October 14, 2020

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This conversation on race, equity and worker power in San Diego County covers topics like what keeps policymakers from addressing racism and equality, what justice and equity look like in a modern police force, the role of business as an engine for change, education as a tool for economic mobility, worker power through organized labor, action steps you can take and so much more.

Help students develop in-demand workplace skills with these rubrics

October 12, 2020

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Time and time again employers from all over San Diego County, of every size and from every industry, tell us one thing:  they struggle to find employees with essential skills for workplace success. In response, the San Diego Workforce Partnership has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to make sure people have opportunities to practice and develop these skills early. 

5 big ideas from ASU-GSV to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the future

October 9, 2020

Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Its north star is that ALL  people have equal access to the future. Here are just a few of the idea that came out of this year’s summit.

Staff profile: Meet Xavier Martinez

October 6, 2020

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Xavier Martinez is a business partnerships specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells a little bit about himself, both personally and professionally.

Business For Good empowers small and medium-sized businesses to uplift all workers in San Diego County

October 2, 2020

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Business For Good San Diego is a nonprofit on a mission to unite local business owners to drive policy that improves our community. Business For Good was founded to engage local business owners directly on the policy issues they care about. They champion a vision where local businesses have rightful power and influence to strengthen our communities and make life better for all of us.

What’s next? Action planning on the road to racial justice

September 29, 2020

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As the national dialogue continues to fuel the spotlight on racial equity you may, like me, be finding yourself in discussions of race hearing: “We donated to NAACP but what more can we do?” “I believe in equity. I believe in change. What do I do next?” “I’m just one person, how could I have an impact on systemic racism?”

Outcomes Center builds capacity to lower barriers to entry for education and training that leads to well-paying jobs

September 23, 2020

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A new hub for tools, resources and learnings around new and innovative outcomes-based funding models called the Outcomes Center is now available. It is maintained by the San Diego Workforce Partnership and Jain Family Institute and supported by Lumina Foundation.

San Diego’s Racial Equity Gap: How We Got Here

September 16, 2020

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The history of systemic racism in America—and San Diego in particular—has created a regional economy in which people of color do not have access to the same opportunities as white San Diegans. As a result, even controlling for age, gender and education, Black San Diegans make $10,500 less than their white peers.

New education option lands former stagehand first San Diego tech job

September 4, 2020

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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.