One determined San Diego mom fights on through loss and pandemic to provide for her family

December 4, 2020

Heather and her 18-year-old son

This year turned Heather Villegas’ life upside down. The unexpected loss of her husband as well as her job and health due to COVID-19 left her struggling to provide for her three children on her own. Hearing about the career centers On-the-Job Training was a turning point for her. Read on as Heather tells her story in her own words.

10 organizations we’re supporting this holiday season

December 3, 2020


If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been a tough year. But we’ve been so encouraged to see how people have rallied together to support our community. The same goes for our staff who have found comfort in donating their time, money and talent to make San Diego better. Looking for opportunities to help? Check out our staff recommendations for inspiration.

The nexus of systemic racism, criminal justice and economic opportunity

December 3, 2020

Side View Of African American Prisoner Reading Book

The evidence of racial bias in our criminal justice system is overwhelming. But it is critical that we reflect more on the interrelation of racism in our justice system and the impacts that reverberate out to our economy and workforce that have lasting consequences for our society.

The Beyster Institute works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership

December 2, 2020


The Beyster Institute at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership as an effective and responsible business model.

Board Member Profile: Meet Phil Blair of Manpower San Diego

December 2, 2020

Phil Blair

Phil Blair, a Del Mar resident, is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. He is a long-time employment commentator, a professional speaker on employment and workforce transition issues and is the author of Strategies for Success, a career resource guide. Here he tells us a little bit about him.

Staff profile: Meet Haley Stayton

November 30, 2020

Haley Stayton with family sitting at picnic bench

Haley Stayton is a program analyst at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells us a little about herself, both personally and professionally.

Job experts see more positive signs from October but warn of harder times ahead

November 20, 2020

Lmi down

San Diego’s jobs market displayed further steps towards recovery in October as companies recalled workers and stepped up hiring. Even as many people returned to the workforce or looked for jobs, the unemployment rate fell from September’s 9.0% to 7.7%, seasonally

Workforce Partnership one of 6 selected to use technology to change how we train America

November 20, 2020

Aerial shot of man sitting on coach looking at laptop on coffee table

Changing how we train all Americans will happen from the ground up, not from the top down. The San Diego Workforce Partnership is leading this change in San Diego and we’re excited to be piloting technology solutions with impact aligned partners—JFF, New Profit, XPRIZE and MIT Solve—to prepare COVID impacted works for the future of work.

Discarding ageism to harness the experience of older workers

November 17, 2020

Portrait Of Auto Mechanic Senior Man With Face Mask At Auto Repair Shop

Many Americans are working well past the traditional retirement age of 65, into their 70s and 80s. Over the coming decade, workers 55 years and older will be the fastest-growing segment of the workforce, gifting our communities with the opportunity to learn and grow from their years of professional experience.

San Diego job seekers can now call (619) 319-WORK to get job search help

November 16, 2020


Between career centers all around the county, special projects operated with our community partners and direct service programs operated remotely, how do you know which is best fit for your needs? Job seekers can now call (619) 319-WORK (9675) to learn about all of our service offerings.