Donation supports more child care for working parents

September 12, 2018

Sdf Early Childhood

San Diego’s early childhood and philanthropic worlds were rocked this month by the announcement of a generous $13.8 million donation for early childhood education to the San Diego Foundation by Guy Clum. Tucked into the list of initial grant recipients from the new fund was notice of a $150,000 gift to the San Diego Workforce Partnership to help with advocacy and research as the fund builds its grantmaking strategy.

Chula Vista’s Innovation and Energy Station take students full STEAM ahead

September 11, 2018


Entering the basement of the Chula Vista Public Library’s Civic Center branch is like discovering an educational Atlantis. In this vibrant and imaginative space, students are exploring their strengths and interests through a lens of technology, engineering and science. The Innovation Station is a more than a makerspace, it’s an experience of self-discovery and intergenerational learning—which happens to be molding San Diego’s next generation of skilled workers.

Hoops, hope and growing up in San Diego

September 11, 2018


Sports always made sense to me. Players and coach know the rules. Game starts. Referees call fouls, arbitrate. Playing field is level. Competitors lay their talents, preparation, strategy and teamwork on the table. Sweat. (Sometimes) blood. Winners. Losers. New opportunity to get better and compete the next day. Growing up where and how I did, I figured life was more or less similar. But I was wrong.

6 things we learned at CWA’s Meeting of the Minds 2018

September 7, 2018

Mmm 2018

For over 20 years, the California Workforce Association has brought together an impromptu think tank of individuals from across the broad spectrum of workforce and economic development and education to consider “outside” points of view at Meeting of the Minds. Here’s what we learned this year.

Staff Profile: Meet Kerri De Jager

September 6, 2018

Kerri with elephant

Kerri De Jager is a Program Specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.

Work experiences defined: What is an internship, externship, mentorship and apprenticeship?

August 31, 2018


For young adults in San Diego County, the traditional part-time job is no longer the only entry point to the world of work.

Single mom uses free training to switch careers

August 28, 2018

Pamela Olvera Northside Shack

Four years ago, Pamela Olvera visited the South County Career Center and tapped into available funding for training to pursue her passion of cooking. She used the funding for culinary school, and now owns a cafe in Point Loma called the Northside Shack.

What’s it like to hire through TechHire?

August 21, 2018

TechHire Logo

Recently, TechHire team members Andrea Villanueva and Penelope Oseguera sat down for an interview with Jaime Falcón, formerly with HoverCam and Adventure Games. Read on for his experience hiring tech talent through TechHire, his outlook on internships and his advice to both employers and job seekers in tech.

Cooking up community success with CalFresh cohort

August 9, 2018

KFG Graduates

On May 2, Class 12 of Kitchens for Good’s Project Launch program started training. Funded through the San Diego Workforce Partnership as a CalFresh Employment and Training program, the 12-week certified culinary apprenticeship program aimed to increase the employment and earning potential of CalFresh recipients.

Second job supports entrepreneur’s dreams

August 9, 2018

Jesus Gama

Growing up Jesus Jhair Gama describes himself as, “that kid who was called upon whenever there was a technical issue at home.” He enjoyed working with technology and was a self-taught repairman. In his early days of repairs, he immersed himself in information, watching videos and reading as much as possible about the mobile phone industry.