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The Workforce Partnership operates six career centers across San Diego County, providing services to job seekers and employers. These career centers are our most publicly accessible entry point and have traditionally been operated by our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Career Services Subrecipient, therefore primarily providing WIOA services. At the same time, the program offerings of the Workforce Partnership have significantly diversified over the last decade, moving from solely WIOA focused services to direct services that are sector specific. The network we have designed integrates the traditional WIOA services provided by the Career Services Subrecipient with additional customer services provided by the Workforce Partnership, while also separating the function to foster excellence within all three components.

Goals for our network:
  • Align our increasingly diverse funding and programming with our most well-known, commonly used service located in our physical career center locations.
  • Create one central entry point for all services
  • Increase control of customer experience to provide consistent, tailored services.
  • Implement performance-based contracting to drive toward true impact
  • Identify balance between virtual and in-person services.
  • Move from one-size-fits-all to customized levels of service.
  • Allow our system to be more accessible for local organizations
This notice is to inform you of two opportunities to support the San Diego County Career Center Network. Respondents are welcome to apply to both or one of the following Requests for Proposal (RFP):
  1. Request for Proposal – Career Center Operator: (one subrecipient will be selected)
    • Partner relationships, engagement and innovation. Focusing on establishing strong relationships with and between collocated partners at the career centers and fostering an environment where partners have knowledge of each other’s program offerings and goals so that they can seamlessly refer clients to their respective programs and provide mutual support toward each of their goals.
    • Structure management, focusing on the physical maintenance and upkeep of the career centers and operational systems
    • This funding opportunity totals approximately $375,000 for the base year, with an option to be renewed for three subsequent years for $300,000 depending on funding allocations from the State of California.
  1. Request for Proposal – Career Services Subrecipient: (one subrecipient will be selected)
    • Providing some basic career services including but not limited to participant intake, orientations, initial assessments, employment services and referrals to other partners and services.
    • Providing individualized career services including but not limited to comprehensive and specialized assessments, case management, individual employment plans, career planning and vocational counseling
    • This funding opportunity totals approximately $3.5 million for the base year, with an option to be renewed for three subsequent years for $3 million depending on funding allocations from the State of California.

What’s Next

Action Operator Services Career Center Services
Release RFP October 18, 2021
Respondent orientation October 26, 2021
Final day to submit questions November 24, 2021
Notice of intent due November 24, 2021
RFP due December 10, 2021
In-person interviews January 21–26, 2022
Evaluation complete January 28, 2022
Workforce Development Board approval February 17, 2022
Policy Board approval February 25 2022
Anticipated award notification February 25 2022
Contract start April 1, 2022 June 1, 2022

Who Can Apply?

Any organization type can bid:
  • Community-based organizations/nonprofits
  • For-profits
  • Education institutions
  • Public entities
  • Consortiums
  • Any collaboration of these entities

The Workforce Partnership values the strength and strategic benefit of multiple partners coming together to provide comprehensive community services grounded in linguistic/cultural skills, trust and relationships within populations and geographies, and experience delivering evidence-based programming. Receiving and/or managing WIOA funds previously is not a requirement. Entity must not be excluded or disqualified through the System for Award Management (SAM).

Entities are allowed to apply to both RFPs (Requests for Proposals) as long as they can clearly demonstrate that firewalls and conflict of interest policies and procedures are in place that conform with Title 20 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) (Code of Federal Regulations) Section 679.430 (Title 20 CFR Section 678.620).

Any questions related to this procurement process and the RFPs should be directed to procurement@workforce.org.

Applicants are welcomed to apply jointly to meet criteria. The organizations below have expressed interest in collaboration, so please feel free to reach out. To be added to the list, simply email procurement@workforce.org with your full name, company and email address.


James Hughes 

Career Team 

Larry Taylor 

Guided Compass Career Planning 

Julie Lowen 

Children’s Paradise Inc. 

Laurie Olague 

Employment Social Enterprise Business Development Consultant and Board Member, San Diego Youth Services 

Nellie Hornbeck 

Uplift Institute 

Stephanie Galage 


Mary Hubbard 

MARSTE Training Services and Coaching 

Marissa Mancillas 

SoCal Pre Apprenticeship Program 

Sheiveh Jones 

San Diego County Office of Education, Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation 

Stephanie Ortega 


Matt Mouer 

The Arc of San Diego 

Mary Jo Schmick 


Esther Landin

Compass Career Education Resources


Respondents Orientation

The Workforce Partnership hosted a Respondents Orientation on Tuesday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. where we reviewed the application itself and the process for applying. You may view the recording and PPT by clicking the buttons below.

If you have any questions about the Respondents Orientation, please email us at procurement@workforce.org.

Budget and Submission Training

The Workforce Partnership hosted a budget and submission training on Tuesday, November 2 where we reviewed the required budget attachments to the application and the process for submitting. You may view the recording and PPT presentation by clicking the buttons below.


All applications for both RFPs are due on Friday, December 10, 2021, by 5 p.m. PST.


Below are attachments for you to download and fill out (when applicable) for submission with your RFP.

Application Forms

Town Hall

The Workforce Partnership hosted a Town Hall on Monday, June 28, 2021 where we reviewed the upcoming service delivery changes and received feedback from the community on how to continue to evolve the services delivered at the career centers. You can view the PowerPoint and the recording by clicking below. 

Become an Evaluator

We have received our maximum number of evaluators and are no longer accepting applications.

We were seeking individuals who have experience with workforce development, job placement, training and education programs to serve as evaluators for our RFP.

The RFP evaluation process will take place between December 21, 2021 and January 28, 2022, and will include an orientation, reviewing a minimum of five RFP’s, evaluator panel discussions, respondent interviews and panel decisions.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization chartered by the empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County. The organizations primary funding is allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and California Employment Development Department (EDD) under the provisions of WIOA and is overseen under the leadership of the workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Policy Board. Together with community partners, the Workforce Partnership funds and delivers programs whose goal is to prepare adults for employment. Additionally, the Workforce Partnership provides targeted employment services designed to help eligible job seekers identify a career path, obtain the skills, and experience they need for success. For additional information on the Workforce Partnership its mission and strategic pillars, visit workforce.org

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