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We equip job seekers to increase their economic mobility, help businesses grow, rebuild, and thrive equitably, and prepare children and young adults for the world of work. We believe in the power and dignity of work, fight for equity and inclusion and dedicate ourselves building programs that meet people where they are.  

Workforce development is much more than finding the next job. It is helping people connect what they know, love and need with what the market demands. Career preparation begins in the classroom and continues throughout life. Life-long learning is essential to keep pace with an ever-changing world.  

We offer services, custom programs and unique initiatives that are redefining what workforce development canand mustbe, because everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.


To empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County.


Every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment.



Engaging in inclusive, respectful relationships among colleagues, customers and community that foster the achievement of shared goals.


Driving quality, innovation and measurable outcomes through a customer-centered focus and a high-performance culture.


Strategic, efficient, effective use of resources to meet the evolving needs of our customers and community with the highest levels of integrity. 


Taking responsibility for creating a culture where everyone is welcomed, heard, valued and empowered to fully participate and reach their full potential. 


Prioritizing those who have been systemically denied opportunity through policies, priorities, practices and behaviors that result in access to opportunity for ALL colleagues, customers and communities.

Strategic Pillars


For Businesses

High Road Kitchens Reopening restaurants and reemploying workers

Layoff Transition Services Support for businesses and employees before, during and after layoffs

Expanded Subsidized Employment Wage subsides for employers who hire from our Welfare-to-Work participants

On-The-Job-Training (OJT) Wage subsidies for employers who hire career center participants

WARNs Information on layoff notices and notification requirements

For Job Seekers

Career Centers Job search and career development services for all, including training, workshops, hiring events and more

Connect2Careers Partnerships with funders who support innovative youth employment programming

Construction Career Jumpstart Paid training for jobs in energy, construction and utilities, a priority sector

Income Share Agreements Post-secondary education without debt

Reentry Works San Diego Career supports and services for justice-involved individuals

Return to Work – Older Worker Program Work-readiness training and supports for seniors returning to work

School Break Externships Short-term work experiences for San Diego youth during winter and spring break

Southeastern San Diego Live Well Program Job training and placement within County Live Well Centers

Supported Employment/Work Well Connects County behavioral and mental health with workforce systems

TechHire Connects under-represented populations with job training and placement in tech

The Workforce Partnership on Campus Connects the world of work for Vista Unified students