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May 3, 2021

Daniella Molina is a lead program specialist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells us a little about herself, both personally and professionally. 

How has your work changed during the pandemic? 

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The pandemic has required our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) team to quickly pivot all of our subrecipients who provide job seeker facing services to a virtual platform. This was quite an endeavor as the team wrapped up the 2019-2020 fiscal program year. Our team worked alongside the Career Center Network to transition their workshops to an online platform, achieve electronic enrollments through the Workforce eFile and to assist the career agents with providing virtual career services. Flexibility and adaptability has been the theme of my work during the pandemic. 

What do you like best about working in workforce development? 

What I like best about working in workforce development is being a part of the creation, design and management of workforce programs that empower job seekers to succeed. In the end, it is rewarding to see the impact that the Workforce Partnership’s programs have on not just the individuals going through our programs, but families as a whole.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

When I’m not working you can catch me at the baseball field Monday through Sunday (year round)! I have 2 sons Adrian and Aydan who love the game. Watching them play is a completely fulfilling feeling and being a baseball mom gives me something to look forward to.

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