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Funding job training programs since 1974.

On March 19, 1974, a Joint Powers Agreement between the City and County of San Diego created the San Diego Regional Employment and Training Consortium (RETC). The RETC's mission was to support public and private job training, summer youth employment programs and Job Corps in San Diego County. Twenty-one years later, RETC became the San Diego Workforce Partnership.


The continuously evolving regulatory environment requires the SDWP to be nimble as we serve our region. We are constantly analyzing data -- labor market statistics, program efficacy, and specialized services for high-priority groups, such as our veterans, displaced workers and young adults.


Now we are 40 years old, energized and working hard to shake things up. We want to build upon our long history of convening stakeholders to collectively address workforce challenges. Part of our vision is that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce, and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. Aspirational? Yes. Possible? Absolutely.


We look forward to celebrating our 40th year with you all year long. Look for celebration messages and events via Twitter, Facebook and your inbox. Happy anniversary, SDWP!


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes

Congressman Scott Peters toured a Mira Mesa High School biotech class to watch the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum in action. The class demonstrated lab experiments their teacher learned in SDWP's Life Sciences Summer Institute teacher externship program. Read on.

The National Association of Workforce Boards selected Qualcomm as a W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award Honoree. Qualcomm is being recognized for its Hire-A-Youth program and the Qualcomm Corporate Integration Program Warrior Project. Read on.

Veteran employment issues were the focus of discussion at a State Senate informational hearing at the San Diego Central Library. SDWP's Peter Callstrom was invited to participate in the event, which was organized by the California EDD and Senator Ben Hueso. Read on.

Last month Ian Gordon, director of the San Diego Youth Development Office, which is supported by the SDWP, participated in the Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact workshop in San Francisco. Read on.

Partner Profile: CONNECT

CONNECT announced that Greg McKee has joined the organization as its new CEO. He succeeds Duane Roth who passed away last year. CONNECT fosters the formation and development of high-tech and life sciences companies in the San Diego region. Read on.

Partner Program Success Story

Chelsea enrolled in the International Rescue Committee's Connect2Work program, which serves at-risk and low-income students. Chelsea's internship with The AjA Project allowed her to work in a fast-paced environment while doing what she loves: photography. Read on.

Board Member Profile

Kevin Landry is the President and CEO of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California, and a member of the SDWP's Workforce Investment Board. Landry shared his interests in employment issues, and why he wanted to give back to the community. Read on.

Labor Market News

The SDWP Research Department kicked off its first In-Demand Jobs Workshop on March 6 at the South Metro Career Center. The event presented the findings of the In-Demand Jobs biannual report, and Richard Holden from the USDOL addressed employment data. Read on.

The next two In-Demand Jobs events will take place on March 17 at the East County Career Center and on March 27 at the North County Career Center. Joe Brice´┐Żo, a labor market consultant with the EDD, will cover state and regional employment trends. Read on.


On April 4, the nation's top venture capitalists and institutional investors will gather at the Summit to meet with the most cutting-edge early-stage companies, leading researchers, and prominent life sciences and technology executives. Read on.


On April 5, the San Diego Metro Region Career Center is hosting a Community Resource Fair. The event is held in partnership with Somali Family Services of San Diego, KRA Corporation and the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Read on.

Community Partner News

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District recently launched a partnership with Global Corporate College, a higher education network that helps corporations train their workforce to meet today's needs. Read on.


The House Student App Challenge allows high school students to compete in the creation of software apps for mobile, tablet or other computing devices. The Challenge runs Feb. 1 to April 30. All San Diego districts are participating. Read on.

Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
Follow us on Twitter  Proud to support @211SD at the annual luncheon honoring local heroes #connect211sd


Follow us on Twitter  Unemployment is now the most important problem Americans see facing the US, according to @Gallup poll http://bit.ly/1cT0aNu
Follow us on Twitter  Great article by @jonhornUTSD about CONNECT2Careers in the U-T, http://bit.ly/1qcQcQj @C2CSD @UTsandiego

Follow us on Twitter  @USDOL releases best practices for hiring long-term unemployed http://1.usa.gov/1g4Co3f #RenewUI

Follow us on Twitter  Listening to @sdchamber Jerry Sanders talk jobs and company retention at @PCWISD lunch and learn. #SanDiego

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