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What a busy summer already! With the recent passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (see article below), our elected leaders have affirmed the necessity of our system, which helps job seekers gain the skills needed to fill the in-demand jobs in our region. We are honored to play a vital role in serving the thousands of job seekers throughout San Diego County. 


Also, our summer youth employment programs -- CONNECT2Careers and the Life Sciences Summer Institute -- are off and running. Many youth have landed jobs, but more opportunities are needed. Pause to remember your summer jobs as a young adult. These jobs have a profound effect on how we develop, learn and prepare for successful careers. Please consider providing that life-changing opportunity to one young adult (or more!) in our communities.


Peter Callstrom




Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes

U.S. DOL Secretary Thomas Perez spoke to San Diego businesses and community partners, including representatives from SDWP, to gather feedback on what the government can do to help get people back to work and fill the workforce needs of companies. Read on.

San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner and Councilmember Myrtle Cole each kicked off one of the CONNECT2Careers work-training workshops, which are designed to prepare C2C students for success in the workplace. Read on.

Congress has passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, continuing the important work funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) since 1998. WIOA now heads to the President to be signed into law. When final, it will reauthorize WIA for six years. Read on.

Last month, 32 students completed the Life Sciences Summer Institute pre-internship "bootcamp" training. The one-week training offers students hands-on laboratory research experience prior to starting their seven-week, paid research internships. Read on.

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom attended the 82nd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Dallas last month. Callstrom represented San Diego at the Workforce Development Council annual meeting, which touched on various workforce issues. Read on.

Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair presented his book "Job Won!" to America's Job Center of California managers and staff from across the region, highlighting how the book can act as a resource when working with job seekers at the career centers. Read on.

Legendary San Diego Padres player Tony Gwynn was once a spokesperson for the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Hire-A-Youth program (now CONNECT2Careers). Gwynn played 20 seasons with the Padres, and is considered to be one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. Gwynn passed away last month from cancer. SDWP remembers "Mr. Padre" for not only his outstanding baseball career but also his dedication to San Diego youth. 
Partner Profile

The San Diego Urban Teacher Fellows program is a Career Pathway into Teaching Model that supports students while they are enrolled as a liberal arts major at City College. Once the students complete transfer requirements, they gain admission to SDSU. Read on.

Success Story
April Greenwood enrolled in the Bridge to Employment Program, which is made possible through SDWP's Health Profession Opportunity Grants. With the help of supportive services, Greenwood became a Licensed Vocational Nurse working with pediatric patients. Read on.
Labor Market News
The San Diego Monthly Employment Report (April to May 2014) shows some encouraging figures, including that San Diego's unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent, 6,900 San Diegans found employment and unemployed persons in San Diego declined by 3,800. Read on.
Board Member Profile

Stephanie Murphy is the director of the San Diego Housing Commission's Achievement Academy. She is also a member of SDWP's Workforce Investment Board. Here she talks about joining the WIB and the workforce issues she is most passionate about. Read on.


On Aug. 12, the SDWP Procurement Team will present "How to Do Business with SDWP," highlighting its procurement requirements and the RFP and RFQ processes. The informational event will be held at the Parkway Community Center in Chula Vista. Read on.

The Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation is hosting a Lunch & Learn event featuring Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair, who will speak about his book "Job Won!" and explain what impresses HR managers. The July 22 event will be held Coleman University. Read on.

San Diego City College will host Passport to Life, a career and education expo for youth on probation. The Aug. 8 event -- which is presented by multiple organizations, including SDWP -- offers resources to youth who are transitioning from being on probation to being an adult with responsibilities. Read on. 

On Aug. 6, the San Diego North Economic Development Council will host the first North County Craft Brew Symposium. The event will explore the economic impact and importance of the industry, how the region can support and grow this industry, and the ancillary services that serve craft breweries. Read on.

Community Partner News

CONNECT has opened the nomination period for its annual Most Innovative New Product Awards. The MIP Awards honor San Diego's celebrities of innovation and groundbreaking new products. The call for nominations ends Aug. 15. Read on.

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter has announced that William "Bill" Earley has been named Regional Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Earley is a San Diego native and graduate of SDSU. Read on. 

Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
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Follow us on Twitter  Fun time at the Bridges to Employment networking game - Thx to employers who participated! @HPOGProgram @nclifeline 
Follow us on Twitter  SDWP-sponsored #maritime industry report now on @Harvard U.S. Cluster Mapping website, http://bit.ly/UNrxGD @SDRegionalEDC @TMA_maritime

Follow us on Twitter  @sdchamber survey reveals that 69% of San Diego businesses are more inclined to give a job to a #veteran http://bit.ly/1lBMUEy

Follow us on Twitter  @C2CSD students are already making a difference in summer jobs: @BusterBiofuels intern Michael is assisting w/ feedstock testing in the lab

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