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December 7, 2017

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

What is a typical day like for you?  

I have the privilege of managing youth contracts which takes on many facets—my goal is always their success. My contracts encompass the entire San Diego County region with different approaches for each area to effectively support young adults. I review stats, create trainings, offer program design suggestions, participate in youth activities and oversee their contract/budgets. I also work with the Price Scholarship program where I facilitate the personal growth class at City College and spend time creating effective work-readiness training, customer service, cultural diversity, internships, mentorship, trauma-informed care, jobs and educational pathways.  

If you had $30,000 to donate to a workforce development program, what would you want done with it?

To support behavioral health, self-care and trauma-informed care. With all of the struggles our young adults and their families face, having a caring professional who can support and guide them in making good choices while promoting self-care. This is a key factor to success.

What professional moment or project are you most proud of?

Human-centered design work at the White House Employment and Training Administration; keynote at the San Diego Women’s Conference, Hispanic Women’s Conference, ASQ (Aviation, Space, and Defense Division) San Diego Quality Conference; creating safety programs that save lives for our military; being featured in a motivational A&E one-hour documentary about my daughter and me being one percent of women who race stock cars in the U.S.

What do you like best about working in workforce development?

Some people spend their lifetime wondering, “Did I matter?” For over 17 years, I have been working in an environment that believes in you and allows creativity and the opportunity to change lives. I have learned that compassion, empathy and building trust impacts youth for a lifetime. Young adults that I worked with over the years continue to send me shoutouts on what is going on, both in good and troubled times in their lives. I have young adults who have started their own business, firefighters, working in child development, research scientists, doctors, attorneys, engineers, NASA employees, nurses, biotech, some who have become great parents, those who do amazing community work and one who started a clothing line that funds sports for children around the world. The one thing they all have in common is that someone believed in them! I don’t believe I can change the entire world, but I do take responsibility for my corner of it because what I (we) do in workforce development matters!

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

I truly enjoy life and try to experience everything that comes along. I enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with my animals on my mini ranch. I emcee and do fundraisers for various charity groups, I sit on various safety boards, I create activities for local military and their families to support quality of life, I enjoy going to the desert, camping, a lot of fishing, and naturally, racing. I also enjoy doing radio and TV around driving safety and automotive care. Finally, I love spending time with my four grandchildren.

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