The San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites and affiliate locations offer workshops, job search assistance and many other resources to all San Diego County job seekers, regardless of income or background free of charge.
Working with the Workforce Development Board, key partners and stakeholders during the local and regional planning process in 2016, SDWP developed a vision for the public workforce system that requires spending less money on physical “brick and mortar” infrastructure and more on direct services and staff for job seekers. As the funding environment and job seeker preferences continue to change, the AJCC service delivery system must change with it.
After careful consideration, as of July 21, 2017 the Metro AJCC located at 3910 University Ave. is closed. While this was a difficult decision, it will allow case managers and resources from the Metro AJCC to move to the South Metro AJCC at 4389 Imperial Ave. With this change, the South Metro AJCC, which sees the highest volume of customers, will have increased capacity to work one-on-one with the growing number of job seekers accessing services in Southeastern San Diego. The South Metro AJCC also offers job seekers onsite access to partners, including the Employment Development Department, Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Services. SDWP plans maintain a presence and offer services in City Heights through co-location with partners at a reduced and/or no cost. These discussions are currently ongoing.
SDWP will continue to work with partners to explore new and expanded partnerships to increase the accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of our AJCC system. Throughout San Diego County there are AJCC services within higher education institutions, nonprofits, libraries and even jails. One of our long-term goals for the AJCC network in the county is to provide a variety of access points to career services in more cost-effective ways through partnerships, co-location and technology. Closing the doors at the Metro AJCC was a difficult decision; however, this moves resources to a more cost-effective location that will ultimately serve more job seekers.
To learn more about this vision and how it will be realized, please see SDWP’s RFP for the Operations and Management of the AJCC Network, which was released on Thursday, July 13. At nearly $6M in funding, this is SDWP’s largest procurement and is a crucial step in implementing the cost-effective, human-centered and business-focused vision that is needed for San Diego’s AJCC network. This RFP is open for over three months with proposals due October 5 in order to best encourage competition and partnerships. Any questions from community members should be sent to AJCCRFP@workforce.org.
As our local needs continue to change, SDWP remains committed to providing job seekers and employers with seamless access to workforce development services.