Mini-grants for mega work around opportunity youth

May 6, 2019


A new feature of our 2019 Opportunity Summit included awarding two $1,000 mini-grants to recognize local organizations doing exceptional work preventing or reconnecting opportunity youth.

Big takeaways from Opportunity Summit 2019

May 3, 2019

OpportunitySD Leadership Council at Opportunity Summit 2019

“We are all here on a journey of learning. Learning to support ourselves and our families. Learning skills that are valued in our economy…while also learning how the systems work and don’t work for us.”

Planning for employment can greatly reduce recidivism

April 30, 2019

Donovan job fair

Following the first ever job fair held inside a San Diego County jail at the East Mesa Reentry Facility in 2017, in April we coordinated the first ever job fair inside a state prison located in the county—the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility—as well as a preparation 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.

Over 30 local organizations gather for engaging business collaborative

April 18, 2019

Business Services collaborative

Last month, business-facing workforce professionals in the Southern Border Region of San Diego came together for the second convening of the Business Services Collaborative. The event aims to gather community members for quarterly professional development trainings and to build a coordinated approach to business engagement. The group welcomes all business services representatives, consultants, job developers, managers and individuals from many similar programs and organizations across the region.

Press Release: San Diego Receives $3 Million Investment from JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge

April 18, 2019

San Diego Workforce Partnership logo

April 18, 2019 (San Diego, Calif.) – JPMorgan Chase today announced San Diego is one of five winning cities in its inaugural AdvancingCities Challenge, part of the $500 million, five-year initiative to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity in cities.

Insights on learning, bias, equity and more from ASU+GSV

April 16, 2019


Now in its tenth year, the ASU+GSV Summit is a convergence of education, workforce and technology. This year’s summit, centered on “the Arc of Human Potential,” added early childhood to its list of themes alongside K–12, higher education and workforce.

Tech internship puts the ‘IT’ in priority sector

April 11, 2019


TechHire focuses on areas like digital marketing, software development and robotics. As the program has grown, a gap began to show in the form of an overabundance of TechHire candidates with IT (e.g. IT systems and network support) backgrounds and a relatively low demand for technicians, support specialists and other similar roles in San Diego caused by outsourcing. It was clear something needed to be done to help job seeking San Diegans get their foot in the revolving tech door. 

Access Inc. goes the extra mile to assist San Diego youth

April 11, 2019


For over 50 years, Access Inc. has been serving the most vulnerable and under-served populations in San Diego County by promoting self-sufficiency and economic independence. There are three main programs at Access: Youth, Immigration and Microenterprise—all of which provide services that come from a heart of compassion and commitment.

Veteran finds work in 6 weeks after layoff

April 10, 2019

Richard Clinton

Having received unemployment and disability insurance for two years in 2012 after being laid off from a different job, this time Richard was determined to go to the South County Career Center every day to use the computer resources and attend workshops on everything from resume writing to job interview skills.