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This time of year is one of both reflection and looking forward here at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. We are wrapping up our fiscal year and finalizing our 2014-2015 budget. It's easy to get stuck in the numbers during this process, assessing funding streams, analyzing contracts, tightening operational expenses, etc. However, I am proud that our boards, committees and staff members never lose sight of our mission -- to empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County. 


We review the numbers closely, while always focusing on finding innovative programs and solutions that will maximize the resources we invest in our communities. We challenge ourselves and our funded partners to reach higher, to dig deeper and to always strive to do better. 


Although reported unemployment figures are decreasing, we cannot rest. San Diego still has more than 95,000 people who are unemployed, yet many employers are reporting skills gaps. Bridging these gaps is part of our ongoing effort. Also, providing our youth adults with employment opportunities must be a high priority for all of us -- this is our future workforce. 


So as we look back -- and ahead -- we celebrate our advances and the many individual success stories. As we go forward, let us know your ideas. Partnership is the key. It is the last word in our name but the first and foremost definition of our shared success.


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes

The City of San Diego approved $200,000 in funding for CONNECT2Careers, a youth summer employment initiative administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The funding was included in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's "One San Diego" budget. Read on.

Lawmakers announced that they reached a deal to improve the nation's workforce development system through new legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WIOA is a compromise between the SKILLS Act and the Workforce Investment Act. Read on. 

LSSI kicks off this month with 36 students starting a summer job at San Diego's top research companies, 58 teachers going back into the classroom to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum, and the announcement that an LSSI alum is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Read on.

SDWP staff joined workforce development professionals from across the country at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals annual conference. The event theme was "Navigating the Rocky Road Together-25 Years of Progress." Read on. 

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom has been named to the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) governance board. The RCCC is a community-based forum focused on homelessness in the San Diego region. Read on.

To mark our anniversary, we're sharing some SDWP facts, this month highlighting a part of our history that relates to the County's recent wildfires. In January 2004, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded SDWP a $1.9 million National Emergency Grant to assist with disaster relief following the October 2003 wildfires. In collaboration with the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego and the California Conservation Corp, SDWP implemented the National Emergency Wildfire Response Project, which created temporary jobs to clean and restore areas damaged by the fires. More than 650 individuals were hired as temporary employees. The work done saved the City and County an estimated $9 million.
Partner Profile

The Price Scholarship Program helps prepare students for the job market by assisting them in obtaining a certificate or an associate's degree from San Diego City College. SDWP collaborates with the program to provide work-readiness training. Read on.

Success Story

Eugene Beronilla once summed up his employment situation as "overqualified and underemployed." After working with the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers to build his r�sum�-writing and interviewing skills, he was able to secure a management position. Read on.

Labor Market News
The California Employment Development Department reported a drop in San Diego's unemployment rate from 6.9 percent in March to 6.0 percent in April 2014. This nearly 1 percent drop is largely due to declining labor force participation. Read on. 
Board Member Profile
Steve Redding is a talent support manager at UPS. He is also a member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Workforce Investment Board. Here he shares why he joined the WIB and what workforce issues he is most passionate about. Read on.
On June 19, San Diego Grantmakers is hosting an event focused on youth education and employment. Ian Gordon, director of the San Diego Youth Development Office, will offer an update on how YDO is advancing youth economic well-being. Read on.

On June 26, SDWP, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services will hold a focus group to discuss expanding employment opportunities for people with mental health challenges. Read on.

Students, school and district leaders, academic core and CTE classroom teachers, business partners, and community partners are invited to attend a Planning Summit to help build a system to support Linked Learning career pathways in San Diego County. The event is June 25 at the University of San Diego. Read on.

The Children's Initiative is holding a "Sunset Event" featuring a silent auction and youth art sale on June 17 at the Hyatt Mission Bay. The nonprofit organization provides leadership, technical assistance, advocacy and cross-system collaboration to improve the lives of children and families. Read on.

Community Partner News

SDWP participated in the Qualcomm-sponsored event "Service, Sacrifice and Transition," a tribute to U.S. military and veterans. The evening featured a screening of the movie Lone Survivor, a military panel discussion, and a reception focusing on veteran resources. Read on.

As part of an initiative to attract manufacturing investment to San Diego, the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Southern California as one of 12 manufacturing communities to receive the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designation. Read on.

Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
Follow us on Twitter  Thank you @kevin_faulconer for showing your support for #SanDiego youth by including @C2CSD in your budget, http://bit.ly/1ioTUQB 

Follow us on Twitter  Excited to have a @C2CSD youth start their summer work experience at @Manpower_US today! Employers, visit http://c2csd.org/employers to hire 
Follow us on Twitter  @Jerry BrownGov included $50M enhancement for postsecondary career and technical education in the revised budget, http://bit.ly/1jxQ2MG
Follow us on Twitter   65% of job openings will require some postsecondary education by 2020, according to @WorkforceDQC http://bit.ly/1lYk1A6

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