Summer’s journey navigating foster care and pursuing her culinary dreams

May 8, 2024

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At just 19 years old, Summer’s workforce journey is just getting started. Born and raised in East Oakland, influenced by her mother’s strong work ethic and desire for independence, she began working at 16. With the help of different community organizations and nonprofits like the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), as a part of the Access to Career Pathways for Foster Youth program, she is offered a reliable support system while she navigates her career journey.

The Workforce Partnership to Provide Laptops to Help Young Adults in Their Job Search

May 26, 2022


The Conrad Prebys Foundation provided the Workforce Partnership with a $50,000 donation to cover the cost of purchasing 60 laptops equipped with Microsoft Office for program graduates of the Southeastern San Diego Live Well Career Training program. 

Workforce Partnership and City of San Diego Unite to Help Young San Diegans Secure Quality Jobs and Launch Meaningful Careers

July 20, 2021

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The San Diego Workforce Partnership, with support from the City of San Diego, is expanding three workforce training programs designed to help San Diegans from underrepresented communities secure quality jobs and launch meaningful careers in the region’s public and private sectors.

A strategic approach to engage youth and create meaningful careers

March 3, 2021


When a person’s work environment aligns with their interests, they are more likely to perform better at work, achieve greater academic and career success, and may even earn more money than their peers. As educators, it can be difficult to engage youth in these conversations and encourage them to explore meaningful careers. Here are three ways to start.

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.

Breaking into tech a welcomed breakthrough for this college student

July 28, 2020

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Karen Castro was a participant of TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here she tells her story of how the program helped her achieve her employment goals. 

Justice Beckons: We must dismantle racial inequality

June 18, 2020

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Our nation is at a crossroads, and justice is beckoning us down the road to redemption.  Here again, we arrive to a choice—redemption, or that familiar road where we are enraged for a moment only to be distracted and let up

6 essential skills you can start building today

April 30, 2020

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In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education While technical skills are what you do at work, essential skills are how you do it. Employers value these skills in their employees—often as much as technical skills. Developing these

Workforce Development Boards: Bridging Skill Gaps

March 9, 2020

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This article was originally featured in the March/April issue of Delaware Business Magazine.  Written by Ron Painter, President & CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. ACROSS THE U.S. and around the world, the nature of work is changing.

Building a career superhighway for opportunity youth

February 3, 2020

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What if we reimagined our school system as a superhighway connecting career development pathways?