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What a month it's already been. Within the last couple weeks, we received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) for a five-year project serving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with disabilities in San Diego County. We are honored to oversee this project, and look forward to working with our partners to serve these families and help more community members become self-sufficient.


On Oct. 2, SDWP and the San Diego/Imperial County Community College Association co-hosted an amazing workforce conference where we released in-depth reports on future employment in our priority sectors. We were thrilled to be joined by Congresswoman Susan Davis, who shared her involvement in supporting and advancing our national workforce system, as well as San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, who offered an insightful keynote about how we can work together to create "America's Finest Workforce." Our panelists shared a tremendous amount of information on our region's priority sectors -- Life Sciences, Health Care, Clean Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Manufacturing. These reports will be used to inform job seekers and employers as we partner on this important work.


In addition to an excellent turnout (300+), we received some great media coverage. Check out the U-T's coverage here. Download the industry reports here.


Peter Callstrom




Peter Callstrom

President & CEO


SDWP News & Notes

SDWP has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) for a five-year project serving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with disabilities in San Diego County. Read on.

SDWP has released our Annual Report, highlighting the steps the organization made this past year toward realizing our vision of every business in San Diego County having access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker having access to employment. Read on.
On Oct. 2, SDWP and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association released five in-depth reports covering San Diego's priority sectors: Health Care, Information Communication Technologies, Life Sciences, Clean Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. Read on.

SDWP received proclamations by the San Diego City Council and County Board of Supervisors naming September Workforce Development Month. SDWP was recognized for its leadership and providing work-readiness training to San Diegans for 40 years. Read on.

More than 50 young adults attended the CONNECT2Careers End-Of-Summer Celebration on Sept. 16. Held at Junior Achievement, the event included a keynote speech from a former C2C participant, as well as one final work-readiness workshop. Read on.

On Sept. 18, Qualcomm's Thinkabit Lab generously hosted the latest WIB meeting. A Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) employer from Casa Companion Homecare Solutions shared their success, and three new board members were sworn in. Read on.

The recent U.S. Conference of Mayors WDC meeting addressed a variety of topics, including apprenticeships, community college partnerships, a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) update and workforce system best practices. Read on.

On Oct. 9, the Downtown San Diego Partnership celebrated its 52nd Annual Alonzo Awards, honoring the people, places and projects that have made significant contributions to the revitalization and advancement of Downtown. Read on.

To mark our anniversary, we're sharing some SDWP facts. The San Diego Workforce Partnership has long supported veterans and their families. In 2007, SDWP partnered with Family Service Centers and the Education Centers located at Camp Pendleton and the San Diego Navy to jointly implement the federally-funded Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (CAA) Demonstration Project, to address the education and credentialing challenges of military spouses. Funds were allocated to the Career Centers to work with the bases to provide outreach, enrollment and job search assistance. At the end of the program, more than 2,500 spouses received CAAs.

Partner Profile

MAAC is one of San Diego's largest nonprofits, assisting more than 35,000 people each year. Its Bridge to Employment program identifies the right program for the right candidate, offering continuous support from training to placement. Read on.

Success Story

After David Craven lost his job, a friend referred him to the East County Career Center, where he took advantage of the re-training programs for career transition. Craven went through an SDWP-funded program that ultimately helped him secure a job in healthcare. Read on.

Labor Market News
The California EDD released the monthly unemployment report (July to August 2014). Highlights from the San Diego region include that the unemployment rate dropped 0.4%, from 6.6% in July to 6.2% in August, and civilian employment increased by 12,000. Read on.
Board Member Profile

Scott Sherman is a member of the San Diego City Council, representing District 7. 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 in his time as Councilmember. Read on.

Ellen Greer is chief of the Southern Workforce Services Division at the California Employment Development Department (EDD). She is also a member of SDWP's Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Here Greer shares the workforce issues she is passionate about. Read on.


On Oct. 16, Urban Corps of San Diego County will commemorate its 25th anniversary of service to youth, community and environment with a celebratory "Sunset on the Bay" event at Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island. Read on.

NAACP invites you to 59th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

NAACP of San Diego invites you to its 59th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner happening Oct. 18 at Jacobs Center Celebration Hall. The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Read on. 

Each fall, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter gathers civic leaders, volunteers and philanthropists from throughout our region to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Read on.

PCWI to host Idea Jam 2014 on Nov. 7

On Nov. 7, the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation will host Idea Jam 2014: Innovating for the Future. 

The event will identify challenges facing the San Diego workforce and generate innovative ideas to meet those challenges. Read on.

Join San Diego Grantmakers at its Annual Conference

The San Diego Grantmakers Annual Conference, held on Nov. 14, is designed to bring together people from throughout the region who are passionate and strategic about philanthropy. This year's theme is "Cultivating Philanthropy, Seeding Change." 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.

Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
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