Training Program Helps San Diegans Launch Meaningful Careers in Region’s Priority Sector

February 18, 2021

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Twenty San Diegans impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis donned hard hats and picked up construction tools to embark on a paid, four-week hands-on training program preparing them for high-paying and rewarding careers in the region’s growing energy, construction and utilities sector. To date, 19 of the 20 graduates have received full-time job offers.

The Need for Stable Scheduling in San Diego’s Service Sectors

February 4, 2021

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Service-sector businesses and their workers can benefit from more predictable and stable work schedules. The San Diego Workforce Partnership is working with businesses to develop innovative scheduling strategies because we believe stable schedules serve the “double bottom line”—both increasing profits (primarily through savings on turnover and absenteeism) and increasing workers’ quality of life.

Board Member Profile: Meet Kurling Robinson of Fokus

February 4, 2021

Kurling Robinson

Kurling Robinson is a co-founder, musician and start-up visionary with over 25 years of expertise in software development and entrepreneurship. Here he tells us a little about himself, including why he thinks workforce development is so important for San Diego County.

Staff profile: Meet Matt Roman

February 3, 2021

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Get to know Matt Roman, one of The Workforce Income Share Agreement Fund analysts. Here he tells us a little about himself, both personally and professionally, including what he likes best about working in workforce development.

The Black workforce heroes who shaped today’s world of work

February 1, 2021


The history of work in America is a long and complex one. From the industrial revolution onward, work has shaped every aspect of our lives, including housing, education, economic mobility and food security. A significant, but often overlooked, population in this history are the Black workforce activists.

ISA graduate increases his salary by more than $14 per hour with new career

February 1, 2021

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When the first Workforce ISA cohort launched in July 2019, Chris chose to study Business Intelligence (BI) since he was working in a BI capacity in his position at the time. He was enjoying the work he was doing, though he was feeling limited in his current role.

Cristo Rey San Diego High School uses real-world work experience to set students up for success

January 28, 2021

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Cristo Rey’s approach of combining real-world work experience and rigorous academics has shown positive results, including 20,600 graduates and 90% college enrollment. Here we connect with Steven Egge, Director of Corporate Work Study to learn more about their successful approach to learning and preparing for a career.

Supporting women and mothers in the workplace

January 27, 2021

Working At Home Mom

By Shaina Gross, Director of Programs; Research by Daniel Enemark, Ph.D., Senior Economist @danielenemark Tweet this article U.S. women lost 156,000 jobs last month, while men gained 16,000.  When I first read this startling statistic from CNN on my social media feed, my hopeful heart said that can’t be true. Which was immediately followed by

Job experts assess year-end numbers and look at 2021

January 22, 2021

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San Diego’s job market ended 2020 on a somber note as soaring Covid-19 infection rates shuttered many restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, and other businesses. Overall payrolls fell in the region for the first time since July and the jobless rate lurched higher.

Virtual Microsoft training lands former project manager job in San Diego’s tech industry

January 6, 2021

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Simon Eisinger was a participant in TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here he tells us about how one of the training programs helped him prepare for employment.