A step to support Black students—African American Achievement Summit

June 5, 2019


On June 4, Mesa College hosted the 2nd African American Achievement which brought together 500+ students from all over the district. The day was a celebration of African American/Black identity and was emceed by motivational speaker Jordan Harrison.

5 little-known jobs offering self-sufficient wages

June 4, 2019

aerospace engineer flight simulator

Our recent Priority Jobs report highlights 72 occupations that will continue to grow rapidly in the future, have many annual openings and provide an entry-level hourly wage high enough for individuals to be self-sufficient. While this list includes well-known occupations like school teachers, registered nurses and software developers, we wanted to highlight a few promising careers that most people probably aren’t as familiar with. Which ones get your imagination going?

From Startup Week: 5 Tips for starting a business in San Diego

June 3, 2019

Startup Panel ISAs

Startup San Diego brings together local entrepreneurs to strengthen connections, share progress, exchange resources and celebrate the thriving innovation community at San Diego Startup Week. This year’s theme was “We are San Diego” to highlight innovation happening all over the region. With sessions in Tijuana, Mexico, downtown San Diego, Carlsbad and Barrio Logan, our region’s robust and diverse tech scene was showcased on its home turf.

Staff profile: Meet Sophia Barber

May 29, 2019

Sophia Portrait

Sophia Barber is a program coordinator at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.

Employer roundtable addresses big topics for San Diego’s service sector

May 22, 2019

Irvine Employer

In collaboration with the James Irvine Foundation, the San Diego Workforce Partnership hosted an employer roundtable on May 21 where San Diego service sector businesses—which includes those rooted in customer facing roles (restaurants, hospitality, retail, etc.)—discussed what is working well and what key challenges exist within their realm of workforce development.

Press Release: Ambitious Pay-for-Success Initiative Brings Together Tech, Education, Business Leaders to Upskill San Diego’s Workforce

May 16, 2019

San Diego Workforce Partnership logo

Google.org joins Strada Education Network and The James Irvine Foundation to back pioneering workforce development program. Beginning this summer, the program will enable unemployed and underemployed individuals across San Diego County to access training in high-demand fields at no up-front cost through an income share agreement.

South County EDC Celebrates Optical Training Program Graduation

May 10, 2019

SDEDC graduates

On May 9, South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) celebrated the graduation of the “I Can See My Future” Optical Training Program at Sweetwater High School in National City.

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.