More than a gym: How the YMCA is shaping a healthy San Diego workforce

August 1, 2019

YMCA YFS graduate

Without opportunities to cultivate meaningful career-related relationships, young adults in these circumstances face barriers to employment and have limited opportunity to practice skills that will lead to long-term stability. A dedicated, holistic approach to building a career path for this population is key to ending cycles of poverty and disconnection.

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. 

San Diego’s first ever Career Crawl launches in North Park

June 14, 2019

Youth visit clothing boutique

This “job fair alternative” brought job seekers directly to employers with a self-guided walking tour. The event played to the uniqueness of North Park to help young adults engage with local business owners, learn about new industries, explore entrepreneurship and gain employment. There were 69 job seekers and 16 businesses who participated in the event.

This Way Ahead in second year of retail internships around San Diego County

April 22, 2019

two TWA participants smile

CONNECT2Career’s This Way Ahead program kicked off its second year on April 23 with a day-long training for more than 80 attendees interested in an internship in the retail sector.

From mentorship to friendship

December 6, 2018

Emily and Melissa at desk

CONNECT2Careers team member Sophia Barber sat down for an interview with CONNECT2Careers City Mentorship Program mentee Emily Gonzalez and mentor Melissa Villalpando. Read on to see how the pair learned from each other throughout their mentorship experience.

Work experiences defined: What is an internship, externship, mentorship and apprenticeship?

August 31, 2018

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For young adults in San Diego County, the traditional part-time job is no longer the only entry point to the world of work.

Second job supports entrepreneur’s dreams

August 9, 2018

Jesus Gama

Growing up Jesus Jhair Gama describes himself as, “that kid who was called upon whenever there was a technical issue at home.” He enjoyed working with technology and was a self-taught repairman. In his early days of repairs, he immersed himself in information, watching videos and reading as much as possible about the mobile phone industry.

The world of work heats up for high school students in Vista

August 9, 2018

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This past school year the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) formed a unique partnership with the Vista Unified School District (VUSD) to provide meaningful experiences for high school students to help prepare them for the world of work in a new CONNECT2Careers program called C2C on Campus.