From trauma to caregiver

October 22, 2019

Taylor with dog

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.

Reentry program prepares Juan for work

October 1, 2019

Juan San Diego Second Chance

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!”

“My past became irrelevant”

August 27, 2019

Charla Walls Kitchens for Good class 16 graduation

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.”

Robotics wiz works as technician after completing engineering program

July 24, 2019

Abraham Soto

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.

Drone program encourages cinematography lover to pursue interests without fear

July 10, 2019

Jayden Logan

Jayden Logan graduated from Helix Charter High School and is currently a full-time student at Grossmont College studying photography and business marketing who’s passionate about cinematography: “I want to help people and capture special moments in their lives,” he says. 

Former marketing intern tells how the experience shaped her, one year later

June 10, 2019

Jasminchch Edited

Jasmin Hernandez Santacruz was a second-year student at UC San Diego when she was selected to work as an intern for the Social Venture Digital Marketing Internship Program with City Heights Coffee House (CHCH) in the fall of 2017.

Tech internship puts the ‘IT’ in priority sector

April 11, 2019

Eminfeature

TechHire focuses on areas like digital marketing, software development and robotics. As the program has grown, a gap began to show in the form of an overabundance of TechHire candidates with IT (e.g. IT systems and network support) backgrounds and a relatively low demand for technicians, support specialists and other similar roles in San Diego caused by outsourcing. It was clear something needed to be done to help job seeking San Diegans get their foot in the revolving tech door. 

Veteran finds work in 6 weeks after layoff

April 10, 2019

Richard Clinton

Having received unemployment and disability insurance for two years in 2012 after being laid off from a different job, this time Richard was determined to go to the South County Career Center every day to use the computer resources and attend workshops on everything from resume writing to job interview skills.

Destined to succeed

March 15, 2019

Liliana

Liliana was born in the U.S. to immigrant parents who hoped to give her the best possible chance to have a brighter future. Due to financial instability and lack of resources, however, they were forced to return to the west-central state of Michoacán where she would live until she was 6 years old.

Why the shift from “success stories” to “Faces of Workforce”?

March 11, 2019

San Diego Workforce Partnership logo

As the San Diego Workforce Partnership shifts to a more human-centered program design and our approach to our work adapts to the realities of those we serve, we are also becoming increasingly aware that the term we have used for our participant stories—success stories—does not fully reflect the realities of our program clients.