Veteran lands driving job with speedy training

November 7, 2018

Jessieandson

Jessie Island is a decorated veteran and a father to a 4-year-old son. Until recently, Jessie was looking for a better paying job and was in dire need of a special driver’s license that would give him the salary and benefits he needs to support his family.

Single mom uses free training to switch careers

August 28, 2018

Pamela Olvera Northside Shack

Four years ago, Pamela Olvera visited the South County Career Center and tapped into available funding for training to pursue her passion of cooking. She used the funding for culinary school, and now owns a cafe in Point Loma called the Northside Shack.

Second job supports entrepreneur’s dreams

August 9, 2018

Jesus Gama

Growing up Jesus Jhair Gama describes himself as, “that kid who was called upon whenever there was a technical issue at home.” He enjoyed working with technology and was a self-taught repairman. In his early days of repairs, he immersed himself in information, watching videos and reading as much as possible about the mobile phone industry.

From classroom to coach

June 25, 2018

Rolando

Motivated by a desire to give back to his family, high school student Rolando was looking for work experience and a paycheck to afford things for himself like clothes, shoes and fun experiences for his siblings. In his words, Rolando has done some ‘not so great things’ in the past and wanted to make up for it by giving back to his family members.

College student shadows entrepreneur in internship

April 27, 2018

“I never thought I would know anyone from Microsoft,” said Desjonae Hixon, who spoke at Opportunity Summit 2018: Initiate alongside Carmen Summers, the Southwest Region Technical Sales Director for Microsoft Public Cloud. The panel brought together youth who shared their personal experiences alongside

From surviving to living

April 4, 2018

Ahmed* was a medical doctor in his native Iraq. He, along with millions of others in areas occupied by ISIS, a jihadist group with historical ties to al-Qaeda, have fled from the violence and conflict to other cities and countries

TechHire brings together intern and edtech company in a perfect match

January 8, 2018

Roberto Solis Rodriguez had the ideal situation—he scored a paid internship while in school and the company where he interned liked him so much he got hired on full time at the end of his internship, before he even completed

From Air Force to workforce

November 8, 2017

Matt Roman was a client of workforce services programs and is now a manager of one. Roman served as a Security Forces Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. After he was separated from service in April 2013, he participated

Craft brewer discovers Customized Training at the perfect time

October 2, 2017

It was a cold email sent at just the right time that introduced Alex Pierson to the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Through Reimagine Retail, a grant funded by the Walmart Foundation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, SDWP was looking

From pilot program to pipetting

October 2, 2017

Iliana Pulido, 22, lives in the City Heights area of San Diego and received her high school diploma in 2013 from Arroyo Paseo Charter School. She started community college right after high school but left partway through her first semester