Securing a strong economic future for all Californians

December 4, 2018

CA worker

California’s economy is the fifth largest in the world—but one in four Californians lives at or near poverty. A world-class workforce development system can help people build in-demand skills and connect them to growing businesses.

From kindergarten to career

December 4, 2018

Students work on conventional task

Think back to your elementary school days: Many of us were frequently asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Staff profile: Meet Leena Mantri

December 3, 2018

Leena Mantri

Leena Mantri is a finance analyst at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.

War interpreter becomes IRC client, employment specialist

November 28, 2018

Rahmatullah Mokhtar IRC San Diego

Rahmatullah, who speaks Farsi (his native tongue), English, Pashto (spoken in Afghanistan) and Urdu (spoken in Pakistan and India), worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan for nearly three years.

From Osun State to the Golden State

November 21, 2018

Michael Eniolade with Journeys Map staff

With the help of the TechHire team at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Michael started in a paid internship at Journeys Map, an application that helps users land their dream job or career by charting career paths and sharing new occupations based on users’ interests. This internship was Michael’s first job in the U.S. that aligns closely with his interest in information assurance, the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.

Child care and workforce: An interdependent pair

November 13, 2018


Child care and workforce are an interdependent pair. If there were no working parents, there would be virtually no need for child care. And it goes the other way too.  If there’s no child care, then parents of young children can’t work—unless one parent makes enough money to support the whole family, which is rarely feasible in an expensive place like San Diego.

Staff profile: Meet Sam Friedman

November 12, 2018

Sam Army

Sam Friedman is a Salesforce Project Manager at the San Diego Workforce Partnership and a veteran. Here he tells a little bit about his military and professional experience.

Speakers explore outer reaches of workforce development

November 9, 2018


Over 250 attendees heard about new ways of thinking about workforce development at the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Frontiers Symposium on November 8. The overall theme of the day is that working in silos is ineffective and ends up wasting limited resources. Spending money wisely means considering the holistic needs of our workforce while integrating systems to be more efficient.

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.