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Conference sponsors share goal of closing the skills gap and creating opportunity for all in San Diego

October 10, 2016

Workforce Conference 2015

This year, twenty partners have signed on to sponsor the Workforce Conference 2016: Future of Work. This year’s conference will identify upcoming trends in the future of work and workforce development, including the gig economy, the resurgence and evolution of apprenticeships, hot industries and in-demand jobs. The event is completely sold out with more than 600 attendees, including elected officials, educators, career counselors, employers and community organizations having registered.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is honored to partner with these sponsors and more to advance a shared goal of closing the skills gap and creating opportunity for all in San Diego:

Jerome’s

As a long-time member of the Southern California community, Jerome’s Furniture is dedicated to giving back to their friends and neighbors. “We feel very close to the community who has let us into their homes for 60 years,” says Jerry Navarra, Owner of Jerome’s. “It’s a special relationship. Giving back has long been a standard at Jerome’s. We hope you’ll find inspiration on these pages and either help us do good works, or do your own. It’s our community. Let’s make a difference.”

Qualcomm

Qualcomm is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies and a principal driver of San Diego’s Telecommunications and Information Technology sector. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education supports the brainpower behind the inventions that Qualcomm brings to life. They are cultivating tomorrow’s workforce by offering and supporting STEM programs that reach students at all levels, from grade school through graduate school. These STEM activities are also aimed at inspiring greater diversity in STEM fields and expanding opportunities for underrepresented students. The Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, one of their signature STEM programs, is a combination engineering lab, makerspace and classroom for 6th-8th grade students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to get hands-on experience in STEM activities and exposure to STEM careers.

Qualcomm is a proud member of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s OpportunityWORKS taskforce to help close San Diego’s job skills gap. They also value collaboration with the SDWP, which guides Qualcomm in educating local youth to meet the needs of San Diego’s innovation economy.

Through these efforts and more, Qualcomm is supporting the next generation of inventors and technologists — ultimately helping people around the globe address future challenges.

San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA)

SDICCCA’s Regional Consortium for Workforce Development connects community college career technical program providers, students and industry sector employers with a regional-based framework that simplifies and clarifies partnerships leading to a stronger regional economy and reducing the skills gap. The Consortium facilitates alignment of the 10 colleges in the region with the workforce needs of priority and emergent sectors and encourages high level industry-education partnerships. The Consortium also serves as the link between the region’s Career Technical Programs, Workforce and Economic Development Initiatives and the state Chancellor’s Office.

Bank of America

Bank of America is committed to investing in San Diego’s workforce development. In addition to supporting the Workforce Conference, the company recently announced grants to 31 nonprofits, including SDWP, dedicated to providing workforce development and education opportunities throughout San Diego County.

The nonprofits receiving support focused on connecting youth and adults, including the unemployed and underserved, to workforce opportunities and education and skills-building. Funding helped individuals living in low-income neighborhoods, who are disproportionately impacted by unemployment and other barriers to workforce participation, access opportunities that will advance long-term sustainable growth in San Diego.

“Preparing the under-employed as well as the next generation of workers with the skills needed for careers in the region’s evolving workforce is one of the ways we are helping our community’s economy thrive,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego Market President, Bank of America.

Kaiser Permanente

Community benefit is central to Kaiser’s mission. They believe good health is a fundamental aspiration of all people. Kaiser recognizes that promotion of good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like their approach to medicine, their work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. To be healthy, people need access to care including access to healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood, safe parks, walking paths, and playgrounds, improved school meal nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity. Good health for the entire community also requires a focus on social and economic well-being. Across these areas, Kaiser works to inspire and support people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives, and build stronger, healthier communities.

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