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June 22, 2016

As part of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) commitment to provide access to high quality training in San Diego County, SDWP will partner with the Escondido Adult School (EAS) and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) to provide Contracted Education programs in Health Care and Life Sciences, respectively.

With Contracted Education, SDWP contracts directly with institutions of higher education to fund training programs that are in-demand by San Diego’s employers and result in industry-recognized credentials. This flexibility in programming allows SDWP to add quality training programs to the region and offer job seekers more training choices. Additionally, Contracted Education programs are cost-effective, funding multiple seats in a classroom instead of paying for individual seats, which can cost up to five times more than a spot in a Contracted Education cohort.

On June 22, SDWP announced that EAS and GCCCD had both submitted winning proposals for Contracted Education agreements. Respondents were asked to submit proposals in one of San Diego’s five Priority Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies, Health Care and Clean Energy

GCCCD will offer an environmental health and safety technician certificate program focused on the Life Sciences sector. Within eight different courses, these 116 hours of training will lead to four industry-recognized credentials.

EAS will offer a certified nurse assistant program for approximately 245-280 hours or 40 days. Upon successful completion of their state board examinations, participants will receive state licenses in addition to certificates of completion from EAS.

GCCCD and EAS will each train approximately 30 participants in two cohorts between fall 2016 and June 2017. EAS will offer daytime courses for one cohort and evening courses for the second cohort.

Job seekers, particularly dislocated workers who has lost a job because his or her employer has moved, shut down or reduced its workforce, enrolled in the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) network are encouraged to apply and notify their case managers when SDWP announces the training dates. Interested job seekers may also sign up to receive email notifications. All training, including examinations for industry-recognized credentials, are of no cost to WIOA-enrolled participants. 

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