San Diego CITD Update
January 2017
In This Edition
DSN Discusses Career Pathways in Global Trade and Logistics at High School and Community College Counselor Conference
The  SB 1070 CTE Regional Pathways Program, in collaboration with the  California Community Colleges San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium, hosted a conference for K-12 and community college counselors and administrators at the Marina Village conference center on December 6th. The aim of the annual conference is to provide counselors and administrators with information about local career and technical education (CTE) pathways for students in high growth industry sectors within our region.

The conference began with a keynote presentation by Ed Hidalgo, Director of the World of Work initiative at the University of San Diego, which explores ways to connect the world of work to K-12 education. Following the keynote presentation, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of breakout sessions covering topics including: Careers in Demand & Labor Market Success Redefined, Electrical and Telecommunications Apprenticeships, Career Opportunities and Building Trades Apprenticeships, Helping Students Get Focused and Stay Focused through Personalized Pathways to Student Success, CTE Today: How Funding is Shaping Today's Career Pathways, Priority Sectors in San Diego and Imperial Counties, How Work-Based Learning Builds 21st Century Skills, and Careers in International Trade, Supply Chain and Logistics. Most of the sessions were repeated at three breakout intervals to allow the counselors an opportunity to participate in multiple sessions.
CITD Participates in San Diego International Trade Advisory Board Meeting 

San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, was invited to present at the International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) San Diego's quarterly meeting at National University's campus in Carlsbad, CA.  The ITAB is a not for profit organization comprised of professionals who work with businesses that are involved or interested in international trade. M embers include business executives of companies that are involved in international trade, lawyers, accountants, MBA teachers, freight forwarders, bankers, representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, San Diego World Affairs Council, American Apparel and Footwear Association, among other professionals. The event sponsors were the International Trade Advisory Board, the City of Murrieta, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Mr. Castillo provided the keynote presentation, titled "San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD): Programs and Services", at the meeting and an overview of trade in the region as well.

The  Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation  (IVEDC) organized and coordinated an industrial tour to two aerospace manufacturing plants in the City of Mexicali on December 7th, 2016. The purpose of the tour was to promote the Aerospace Supply Chain Initiative  of the U.S. Commercial Service. The  U.S. Commercial Service  (USCS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. The USCS has offices throughout the U.S. and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries, with a global network of trade professionals to connect U.S. companies with international buyers, providing market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, and advocacy and commercial diplomacy support.

The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics will begin offering American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)  Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification courses starting February 15th, 2017 at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. APICS is a national industry-recognized association for supply management professionals.

The CPIM program  empowers professionals with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations. To earn the CPIM designation, a professional must pass a series of five exams to demonstrate mastery of essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to production and inventory management. The CITD/DSN will be offering the APICS courses designed to prepare professionals for each of the certification exams. The instructor-led courses are 8 - 10 weeks long, with one 3-hour session per week.

According to APICS's Operations Management Employment Outlook, professionals with the CPIM designation see a significantly improved hiring potential and an average 14% salary increase.

Registration is now open and there is limited seating for the course. For more information on the certification courses and to register, click here.

Deadline to register is February 3rd, 2017.

The  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics for San Diego & Imperial Counties (DSNGTL) and San Diego CITD, in collaboration with  LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies), will begin offering courses in Supply Chain Management that will prepare participants for certifications through the  Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). LINCS is a national supply chain management education and certification program funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.

The LINCS program offers eight different certification tracks, including: Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, and Supply Management and Procurement. Participants can complete one track, or all eight, depending on their individual educational and career goals.  All courses are available through a self-paced online learning system and e nrollment in the program is currently available at no cost to participants.

After completing a course, participants may sit for a  SCPro Fundamentals certification offered and certified by CSCMP. Upon passing the exam, the participant receives a certification in the particular skill sets tested by that certification exam, making them more competitive in obtaining and sustaining employment.

For additional information, including certification track descriptions, click here.

Attention warehouse operators. Come learn about  permits required and associated  with  high piled storage and hazardous material. This important forum, which will take place on February 8th, 2017, will include the participation of racking firms, fire protection consultants, San Diego Fire Department Fire Inspectors, San Diego Building Department Plan Checkers, and San Diego County Hazmat.

For more information and to register, click here.

The International Trade Administration's  Top Markets Series  is meant to help exporters determine their next export market by comparing opportunities across borders. Each report in the tool ranks future  export opportunities within more than 25 specific industries based on a sector-specific methodology. The reports provide a detailed assessment of the competitiveness landscape within a sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. exporters in key markets. 

Each report is available for download. Interested exporters can also download or view individual case studies within larger reports.

For more information and to access this tool, click here.

Mexicali, Mexico is home to over 500 national and international companies with manufacturing and assembly operations utilizing over $350 million in parts and components in the region annually. The Mexicali Supply Expo 2016 is your opportunity to connect with the Areospace, Metal Mechanic, Medical Device, Automotive, Electronic and more, professionals who are looking for suppliers to meet their fabrication needs. At this annual, international event, which will take place on February 23rd, 2017, manufacturers and suppliers will:
  • Meet one-on-one to discuss demand and supply needs and opportunities
  • Participate in an Expert Panel Discussion to examine international operations and discuss doing business in Mexicali
  • Tap into government, developers and educational institution opportunities in specialized pavilions
  • Network with key company leaders at an industry-wide reception
For more information on this event, click here.

Get ready for MEXPORT 2017 , the region's premier industrial trade show promoting supplier opportunities with major manufacturers in the Southern California/Baja California region. MEXPORT 2017 will be held on April 6th, 2017 in Otay Mesa. 

Booth space is now available for MEXPORT 2017. For more information, click here.

Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics

Part of the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Econony" initiative, the DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Visit the DSN website for information on international business-related programs, resources, and tools for students, employers, faculty, and workers.

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About the CITD

Expand your business through International Trade! 

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) assists small and medium-sized enterprises expand internationally by providing low and no-cost programs and services including, one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events.

International trade counseling is available by appointment at the following San Diego CITD Locations:

National City
Southwestern College Higher Education Center
National City
880 National City Blvd.
Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950   

Chula Vista
Southwestern College Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Road
Building 660
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Otay Mesa
SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
Building 4500
San Diego, CA 92154

East County
East County EDC
127 East Lexington Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020

For appointments, call
(619) 482-6393 or visit

The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
California STEP

California STEP , funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, facilitates export promotion activities, serving targeted industries to drive exports for small business.

The program provides resources and services to help small businesses participate in foreign trade missions, trade show exhibitions, training workshops, and more. Download the fact sheet below for more information and how to take advantage of these benefits.

California STEP:
Foreign Market Promotion Opens Nov 1, 2016
  • No Cost Match
  • Trade Show Booth Cost
  • Website Translation
  • And Much More (excludes travel costs)
California STEP Individual Company Export Promotion (ICEP) Program
California STEP Registration Form -2017
Ask Us How You Can Participate

California Export Guide
SDSU CIBER  in partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc.,, has launched the  California Export Guide , available in print and online. The colorful, magazine-style guide is a free resource for California exporters to find the tools they need to succeed in global markets.

The purpose of the guide is to provide California companies and foreign investors with expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about exporting, foreign direct investment and global business.
CITD Supplier Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD  Supplier Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD and is here to assist you with the information, resources, and technical assistance you need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC or for more information, please visit their website at or call 619-285-7020. 



Reference in this newsletter to any specific commercial products, brand names, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the San Diego CITD, or its officers, employees or agents.