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Earlier this month we attended the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference in Washington, D.C. With 2,000 attendees representing the 600-plus workforce organizations throughout the country, many great ideas and messages were shared in numerous sessions. We were also fortunate that our incoming WIB Chair, Marlene Taylor, joined us to share best practices and brainstorm on ways to continue to innovate in our region.


NAWB named Qualcomm a W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award Honoree, recognizing the company's ongoing commitment to comprehensive workforce solutions with proactive and creative initiatives. Ed Hidalgo, Senior Director of Staffing, accepted the award on behalf of Qualcomm.


Qualcomm has been an amazing contributor to workforce development in San Diego. It has demonstrated time and time again how much it values preparing the current generation for the opportunities of tomorrow. Whether it be through its self-funded "Hire-A-Youth" program that has benefitted more than 110 students to date, or its Qualcomm Corporate Integration Program (QCIP) Warrior Project that recruits veterans and pairs them with company mentors, or its Thinkabit Lab, a new education initiative, Qualcomm leads by example.


Qualcomm's initiatives answer a call to action made by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez at the conference: "Let's innovate! Let's build a movement." By working together as partners in San Diego, we can make a difference in the lives of people in our region. Congratulations, Qualcomm!


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes

SDWP's summer jobs program Connect2Careers is accepting applications from young adults who reside in the City of San Diego. If you know a youth who is looking for a summer job, encourage them to apply today to get connected to local businesses. Read on.

Supervisor Ron Roberts will serve as Policy Board chair, and City of San Diego Councilmember Myrtle Cole will serve as vice-chair. New to the board are Supervisor Dave Roberts, Councilmember Scott Sherman and United Way President and CEO Kevin Crawford. Read on.

SDWP colleagues joined more than 1,300 members of local workforce boards at NAWB Forum 2014, March 29-April 1, in Washington, D.C. The conference brings together leaders in workforce and economic development, education, business and industry. Read on.

Two SDWP-funded programs, Connect2Careers and the Life Science Summer Institute, are participating in the San Diego Foundation's giveBIG online networking and giving event. We hope you will donate to C2C and LSSI on May 6! Read on.

Supervisor Greg Cox was honored at SDWP's Workforce Investment Board meeting last month at San Pasqual Academy. CEO Peter Callstrom gave Supervisor Cox a commemorative plaque thanking him for his years of leadership on SDWP's Policy Board. Read on.

There's a new way to connect with SDWP -- on LinkedIn! SDWP's LinkedIn page is home to workforce news, labor market data, partner program information and local event listings. There are also postings for career opportunities at SDWP. Read on.

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom was the featured speaker at CSU San Marcos' "In the Executive's Chair" event, which offers students the opportunity to hear from business leaders about their careers and companies, and the critical business decisions they commonly face. Read on.

To mark our anniversary, we're sharing some SDWP facts. First, did you know that the Joint Powers of Agreement was signed on March 19, 1974? Then-Mayor Pete Wilson was the first chairman. Originally named the San Diego Regional Employment and Training Consortium, the organization became the San Diego Workforce Partnership in April 1995.
Labor Market News

San Diego County has the 10th lowest unemployment rate of all counties in the state, at 7%. With a total labor force of 1.6 million, 1.4 million people are employed and 111,000 are looking for work. California's unemployment rate decreased to 8% in February. Read on.

Board Member Profile

Becky Quinn is the HR Manager and Corporate Communications Liaison for QCMI. She is a member of SDWP's Workforce Investment Board. Quinn shared her interests in employment issues, and why she wanted to give back to the community. Read on.

Partner Profile & Success Stories

One of the SDWP's funded partners, the IRC in San Diego is the largest IRC field office in the United States. To assist refugees in becoming more self-reliant, IRC offers a host of programs and services related to employment and career development. Read on.

Christian had years of behavioral and truancy issues. Since joining the IRC Connect2Work program, Christian has exhibited model behavior and been an exemplary student in the Work Readiness Training program. He joined an after-school public speaking group and began volunteering at the library. Read on.

Jorge Alcaraz joined the IRC Connect2Work program with a lot of enthusiasm, but no work experience. He completed the Work Readiness Training program and Digital Literacy classes, and took full advantage of the one-on-one job search appointments, and the program helped him find two great jobs. Read on.


The In-Demand Jobs report event will take place on April 16, from 1-2 p.m., at the South County Career Center, located at 1111 Bay Blvd. in Chula Vista. Joe Brice´┐Żo, a labor market consultant with the EDD, will cover state and regional employment trends. Read on.

Interested in providing services as a vendor or as a program provider? On April 30, the SDWP Procurement Team will present its first "How to Do Business with SDWP" program, highlighting its procurement requirements and the RFP and RFQ processes. Read on.

The San Diego Regional EDC's annual dinner will be hosted at SeaWorld on May 13. Business and community leaders representing enterprises across San Diego, Imperial Valley and Northern Baja Mexico are invited to attend. Read on.

The California Workforce Association's conference "Meeting the Challenge: Enhancing our Capability to Impact Income Mobility" will be April 22-24 at the downtown San Diego Marriott. Mayor Kevin Faulconer will provide welcoming remarks. Read on.

Community Partner News

On March 28, more than 420 guests -- including educators, arts and STEM nonprofit leaders, scientific research centers and more -- attended the STEAMConnect Conference focusing on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. Read on.

"Inspiring Success for 100 Years": SDCE's history started in 1914, the year adult education began inside classrooms at San Diego High School on Twelfth and Russ streets downtown. Classes were within the program known as the San Diego Adult School, and these classes mark the beginning of CE's history. Read on.


The San Diego Regional EDC-produced report "Cybersecurity in San Diego: an economic impact and industry assessment" found that the cyber industry impacts more than 13,000 jobs and has a total economic impact of $1.5 billion. San Diego is in a position to lead the industry nationally. Read on.


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