Essential Skills Rubrics


The Essential Skills Rubrics, created in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, align with the six essential skills—emotional intelligence, communication, creative & critical thinking, collaboration, dependability and resourcefulness. It is crucial to model, evaluate and set goals around essential skills to support career readiness, growth and advancement. Essential skills apply across all sectors and impact students at every phase of their learning and into a career. 

Educators in K-12 schools, colleges and professional training programs can use these rubrics at any grade level, and career counselors can use them to promote self-awareness in job seekers. 

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Essential Skills Poster

This poster highlights skills valued by employers. Building these skills will help you to get a job and make you a superstar in your workplace.


Priority Sector Posters 2019

As part of regional planning for the Southern Border Region (SBR)—comprising San Diego and Imperial counties—the SBR research team regularly updates the priority sectors. See below for the 2019 edition of the priority sector posters for San Diego County.


Priority Sector 2-pagers 2019

A companion piece to the 2019 priority sector posters, these printable 2-pagers offer ideas on how to begin a career in each sector.