Veteran lands driving job with speedy training

November 7, 2018


Jessie Island is a decorated veteran and a father to a 4-year-old son. Until recently, Jessie was looking for a better paying job and was in dire need of a special driver’s license that would give him the salary and benefits he needs to support his family.

How can we grow San Diego’s tech talent pipeline?

November 5, 2018

Tech Council 2

As San Diego’s tech scene continues to gain klout, building the infrastructure to sustain a diverse, local talent pipeline becomes increasingly important and urgent. On November 2, two dozen tech industry leaders representing 22 businesses and organizations gathered to plan how to do just that.

Veterans transition to civilian life through advanced manufacturing training

November 1, 2018

Workshops for Warriors class Of 2018

For a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, reintegrating into civilian life can be a challenge that includes significant barriers to securing and maintaining civilian employment. U.S. military personnel spend four months in training to enter the service and sometimes receive just four days to prepare for civilian life. Thus, many San Diego veterans lack the support needed to adjust to civilian life. Workshops for Warriors (WFW) was founded in 2008 by Hernán Luis y Prado, a 15-year United States Navy Officer, because he saw so many veterans and service members struggling to find a clear path back into civilian life.

Defense contractor expands with Workforce Partnership support

October 25, 2018

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Valkyrie Enterprises—a Virginia-based Department of Defense contractor who works on all aspects of shipbuilding—is expanding into San Diego County with an office in National City. They’ve partnered with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to support their growth and hire local talent.

Summer internship shapes San Diego’s future scientists

October 10, 2018

LSSI Celebration

This summer, the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) made it possible for more than 30 young adults to complete internships at nine of San Diego’s top research institutes, including the Salk Institute, the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and UCSD Academic Connections.

San Diego community joins forces to reduce regional homelessness

October 9, 2018

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Homelessness does not discriminate. Individuals who make up our region’s population come from a diverse background of age, race, circumstances and experiences. Some are veterans, others are under 18. Some have no family in the area, others navigate housing insecurity as a household. For some, there is addiction and disability, but one thing remains certain for all: they are fighting for survival on the streets of San Diego.

Staff Profile: Meet Florita Realin

October 2, 2018


Florita Realin is a Facilities Coordinator at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.

A great day to look for a job in San Diego County

September 20, 2018

Job I Con 1

Over 200 job seekers connected with more than 30 employers, including Geico, San Diego Youth Services, Arc of San Diego, Accent Care, Hilton and more. Employers shared job opportunities, collected applications and interviewed job seekers, with some offering jobs on the spot.

Why job quality matters for our youngest workers

September 19, 2018


It’s shocking when you think about it: imagine a young person who is in the prime age range for building essential skills, learning expertise and gaining critical early work experience being completely disconnected from both work and school.

Demystifying layoff aversion

September 18, 2018

Layoff Aversion

Layoff aversion helps employers avert layoffs through business process improvement projects. It is funded under Rapid Response, which provides resources to workers who have been laid off—functioning as a “sister” program of sorts by offering a proactive solution to businesses at risk of laying off workers.