From treatment to lead cook

October 27, 2016

When Mark Bradley first heard about Breaking Barriers (BBSD) he was doing his best to get back on his feet. Mark was out of work and receiving substance abuse services treatment from Mental Health Systems’ San Diego Center for Change, funded through the

From always applying to advocating

October 27, 2016

When Alicia Vasquez found out she’d been placed at the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) for job shadow day during her senior year, she wasn’t sure what to expect. It is thanks to that experience, however, that Alicia learned about CONNECT2Careers

Using Lean principles to prevent layoffs

October 27, 2016

Established in 1980 in a small garage woodshop, Spooner’s Woodworks has grown to be a premiere architectural woodwork firm serving all commercial markets, with a focus on tenant improvements, primary/secondary education, military, public works, medical and hospitality sectors. It has grown so much that a year ago

Grant funding helps new resident on biotechnology career pathway

October 3, 2016

Hailing from Torreón, Coahuila in Mexico, Ernesto de Leon had already completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and a master’s in quality and productivity when he fell in love with partner Jesse Cruz 10 years ago. He decided to move

The Arc of San Diego helps people with disabilities find work

September 6, 2016

The Arc of San Diego, one of the largest service providers for children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, finds employment for people with disabilities in a variety of positions and industries throughout the community.  Thanks to a SDWP

Veteran excels in new career with steep learning curve

July 26, 2016

After a career in the food and beverage industry, U.S. Navy veteran Daniel Martinez realized that though he was good at his job as a manager and the industry had provided him with great opportunities, the long hours and low

Job center helps former inmate land job one week after release

June 1, 2016

When Desiman Miller first entered the East Mesa Reentry Facility, he promised himself he’d make the most of his time there. He enrolled in over 25 classes and spent his free time reading books focused on learning new skills and

East County career center helps Marcia obtain a new career

April 6, 2016

Marcia Knabe had a background in corrections, but wanted to do less physically demanding work. She came to the East County Career Center, an America’ Job Center of California (AJCC) site, determined to continue working but in a less physical

Life sciences internships help first-generation high school grad decide her future

February 23, 2016

In some ways, Andrea is like many other high school students; she enjoys going to the movies with friends and works at a restaurant in her spare time. In other ways, she is very much unlike many of her peers.

Laid off higher ed VP finds new work thanks to career center

February 4, 2016

Jonathan King was unemployed when he joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center at the downtown library — one in a network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites — in August 2014. He had been laid