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Earlier this week, on behalf of SDWP, I shared a message of gratitude to our veterans, calling attention to their employment needs. I shared the story of Luis Salvatierra, a Navy veteran who took advantage of veteran-focused services provided at the South Metro Career Center, and was quickly hired as an IT specialist. If you missed the commentary in The Daily Transcript, read it here.


We are making progress, but as a region, we can and must do more. There are thousands of talented veterans and non-veterans alike who are ready to add value to employers throughout the county right now. At SDWP we are continuously working to identify and implement workforce programs that help all job seekers find meaningful employment in their career of choice.


In the spirit of November's theme of giving thanks, I want to thank those who are working alongside SDWP in our mission to empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County -- the SDWP staff and board members who are so dedicated to our work and our funded partners who meet with job seekers every day to guide them on their path to employment.


Peter Callstrom




Peter Callstrom

President & CEO


SDWP News & Notes

SDWP staff members recently attended a daylong training on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The training is part of a statewide program designed to explain how the new legislation will impact California's workforce system. Read on.


On Oct. 30, the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) celebrated the work of its industry advisory members by hosting them at a special appreciation event at the Handlery Hotel. SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom was the keynote speaker. Read on.

Two members of the San Diego Workforce Partnership Leadership Team --Emilia Gabriele, Vice President and CFO, and Jessica Mosier, Director of Youth Programs -- were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Awards. Read on.

SDWP is soliciting proposals from applicants who are experienced and qualified in providing independent evaluation services in support of SDWP's Breaking Barriers in San Diego project funded through the DOL's Workforce Innovation Fund. Read on.
Peter Callstrom joined leaders at the Close It Summit in Washington, D.C. last month to discuss strategy on closing the skills gap. Guided by a theme of "disruption," attendees were encouraged to question methods and commit to more innovation and collaboration. Read on.

SDWP plays a key role in the longest-running local economic forecasting event in the county -- the San Diego County Economic Roundtable, held every January. The event features a panel of experts covering key industries and the region's employment outlook. For more information, see the event section below.

Partner Profile

RCCC consists of representatives from the 18 cities within San Diego County, nonprofit service providers and others who seek to identify gaps in homeless services, establish funding priorities, and pursue a systemic approach to addressing homelessness. Read on.

Success Story

A local space and defense contractor was able to save 15 at-risk jobs through SDWP's Employee Retention Program. The pilot project is coordinated by the Rapid Response team, and works with contract provider CMTC to help companies avert layoffs. Read on.

Labor Market News
The California EDD released the August to September 2014 unemployment report. Highlights from the region include that the unemployment rate dropped 0.3%, from 6.2% in August to 5.9% in September, and civilian employment decreased by 4,600. Read on.
With Comic-Con pre-registration around the corner, SDWP reviewed the convention's impact on the San Diego region, looking specifically at the additional jobs and wages Comic-Con brings to the San Diego Convention Center. Read on.
Board Member Profile

Kevin Crawford is the President and CEO of the United Way of San Diego County. He is also a member of SDWP's Policy Board. Here he tells SDWP about his first job and shares the accomplishments he is most proud of during his time with the United Way. Read on.

Community Partner News
The SCEDC hosted its annual Economic Summit last month, focusing on the region's economic outlook, priority sectors and employment trends. The event included an Economic Outlook Panel and an Elected Officials Panel as well as two keynote speeches. Read on.


The CONNECT Innovation Report provides an overview of the strength and impact of the innovation economy in San Diego by reviewing data year-over-year and quarter-to-quarter to provide a comparison across tech industry clusters. Read on.

The YDO has brokered a partnership between SDWP and San Diego Unified School District that leverages funding for a two-year reengagement activities pilot for 250 Opportunity Youth who are recent dropouts or are at severe risk of dropping out of high school. Read on.

On Nov. 7, the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation (PCWI) Idea Jam 2014: Innovating for the Future provided an in-depth look at the industries that drive San Diego, how those jobs will change in the future, and how we can be ready for that change. Read on.

The Centers of Excellence, the California Community Colleges Life Sciences/ Biotechnology Initiative and Bio-Link have released a report titled "Supply and Demand Analysis: Life Sciences & Biotech Middle Skills Workforce in California." Read on.


Biocom invites you to help make waves toward the treatment of Alzheimer's and diabetes at its annual "Celebration of Life" dinner on Nov. 20, which will commemorate accomplishments, employees and loved ones while reflecting on the industry. Read on.  

Biocom to offer one-day course in biotech for the non-scientist 

The one-day BioBriefing course will take place Nov. 30. Geared toward the non-science professional, it will provide a concise overview of the key concepts of modern biology and an introduction to the technology and terminology used in the biotech industry. Read on.

CONNECT will continue its tradition of honoring San Diego's celebrities of innovation along with groundbreaking new products launched this year at the 27th annual Most Innovative Product Awards. The event takes place Dec. 4 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Read on.

Reserve a table at the SDUSD Community Resource Fair

This event is designed to provide San Diego Unified School District school counselors and administrators with information, referral sources, and direct access to the city's youth and family service providers. Use code sdusdcg to view the event. Read on.

San Diego County's longest-running free economic forecasting event happens Jan. 16. A panel of experts covering the future of the regional economy will provide predictions and perspective on what may be in store for San Diego County. Read on.

Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
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