Investing in their employees brings higher ROI—and employee satisfaction—for MRIaudio

January 31, 2024

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For Spencer Howe and John Hornbrook of MRIaudio, investing in their employees is part of their company’s ethos. With support from the California Manufacturing Technology Consulting and the Workforce Partnership, MRIaudio was able to provide Lean 6 Sigma Training to their staff at a fraction of the cost. Read on to learn how Incumbent Worker Training funds made this possible. 

The Changing Landscape of the Construction Industry: From Apprenticeships to Female Leaders 

January 9, 2024

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Being the only woman at a construction job site is not new for Jenifer Arce and Jesse Gomez-Villeda. In fact, that imbalance has only helped them thrive. Jenifer and Jesse are ironworkers by trade and instruct pre-apprentices in the Apprenticeship Readiness Program, a collaboration between the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the SD Building Trades Council. Here, they shared us why representation in construction matters.

Connecting the Dots to Build a Career Pathway into Healthcare

January 9, 2024

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Starting a career in healthcare required Israel Guzman to overcome countless obstacles. Through the Healthcare Administration Pathways program and the support from career navigators, he not only completed the program but also landed a job at Scripps. He tells us about the importance of shifting mindsets and staying true to yourself.

Staff Profile: Meet Mahdi Shkara

December 8, 2023

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Mahdi is the Workforce Partnership’s compliance analyst and board liaison working with a variety of stakeholders across the organization. Here, Mahdi tells us what workforce development means to him and how he enjoys spending his time outside of the office.

Del Mar Healthcare is helping mature workers find purpose and satisfaction in continuing to work

December 8, 2023

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According to the City of San Diego, between 2010 and 2022, the percent of San Diegans over the age of 55 has increased from 20.8% to 25.2%—as has the number of mature residents returning to work. Mature workers often face barriers in returning to work, including ageism in the hiring process and in the workplace. Del Mar Healthcare Inc. president, Donald Ambrose, tells how he is committed to challenging these barriers and leveling the playing field for mature workers.

Post-release services offer the formerly incarcerated a second chance in the workforce

December 6, 2023

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Nashid Mateen has held a variety of job positions, from working at Jack in the Box to working as a medical biller, over his life. Following a twisted turn of fate, Nashid found himself involved with the justice system. Now released, Nashid is on a journey to finding his place in the workforce with the help of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Reentry Works services and other community partners.

Staff Profile: Meet Monica Zimmerer

November 9, 2023

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Monica is a procurement specialist on the compliance team. We asked her what she enjoys about workforce development and how she chooses to spend her time off.

Helping young adults unlock their potential and gain career readiness skills

November 8, 2023

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San Diego Job Corps Center (SDJCC) provides free career training and education for ages 16–24. Job Corps services can be accessed at several locations around San Diego County, including our East County Career Center. We spoke with their regional Workforce Development Director, Sara Kende, to learn more about how the SDJCC is helping young adults thrive in the workforce.

Jeniffer Mendiola is paving the way to bring more women into apprenticeships

November 8, 2023

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Jeniffer Mendiola has had a passion for working with her hands from an early age, influenced by her uncles working in construction. The passion is made clear when looking at her work history, which reflects a pattern of physical if not mobile elements; from emergency medical technician (EMT) to welding and driving for Uber, her career journey took her through various career paths and industries. It was when she received an email from San Diego Continuing Education that she was able to find her way to becoming a certified electrician by way of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Construction Career Jumpstart (CCJ) program.

Staff profile: Meet Georgina Garcia

October 10, 2023

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Georgina is a program specialist on our population-specific team. We asked her what she likes about workforce development, her favorite program and how she enjoys spending her time off.