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September is an important month at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, many students are leaving their summer jobs behind and heading back to school. We hope these students had meaningful summer work experiences that provided valuable life lessons about what it means to contribute -- and to earn a few dollars, too. And we hope everyone took a moment to stop and think about the meaning of Labor Day -- a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength of our country.


This month marks another big moment for SDWP: September has been named Workforce Development Month in the County and City of San Diego. Later this month, SDWP will receive proclamations by the City Council and County Board of Supervisors recognizing our leadership in workforce development for 40 years. We are honored to receive this recognition and pledge to continue our work to help job seekers meet the workforce needs of employers throughout the County.


We have some exciting events ahead of us, too. Mark your calendars for both our CONNECT2Careers End-of-Summer Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and our Workforce Conference on the region's priority sectors on Thursday, Oct. 2. Also, keep your eyes peeled for our Annual Report, highlighting SDWP's successes from the previous year.


Peter Callstrom




Peter Callstrom

President & CEO


SDWP News & Notes

September is Workforce Development Month in the County and City of San Diego. Later this month, SDWP will be recognized by the City Council and County Board of Supervisors for providing work-readiness training to San Diegans for 40 years. Read on.

C2C experienced another successful summer connecting hundreds of youth with jobs across San Diego County. Youth will mark the winding down of the 2014 program at the C2C End-Of-Summer Celebration on Sept. 16 at Junior Achievement San Diego. Read on.

Join SDWP on Oct. 2 for a one-day conference covering workforce data on San Diego's five Priority Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Clean Energy, Information Communication Technologies and Health Care. Read on.

Earlier this week, SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom joined more than 100 delegates in Washington D.C. The trip was led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and focused on educating key decision-makers about issues impacting our regional economy. Read on.

On Aug. 22, SDWP President and CEO Peter Callstrom was featured on the U-T's Community Spotlight radio program to discuss youth employment, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other workforce issues impacting the San Diego region. Read on.

The Life Sciences Summer Institute wrapped up its 10th summer of providing high school students biotechnology laboratory training. It also concluded its sixth Introductory Life Sciences Experience program, which connects youth to STEM careers. Read on.

The California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds conference attracted workforce professionals from many states. The conference theme was "From Here to There," celebrating the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Read on.

In October 2001, San Pasqual Academy was created through a partnership of the County Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County Office of Education, Access, New Alternatives, and SDWP. Located in Escondido, the Academy provides foster teens with a stable, caring home; a quality, individualized education; and preparation for independent living.
Partner Profile

Second Chance helps change the lives of some of San Diego's most underserved populations, offering job training, youth programs and sober living housing to give participants wrap-around support on their road to success while celebrating milestones along the way. Read on.

Success Stories

P2E helps long-term unemployed individuals find meaningful work, and gives employers the opportunity to evaluate P2E participants as potential employees risk-free. This is the story of how P2E helped one woman find work at The Daily Transcript. Read on.

Ryan utilized resources offered at the South Metro Career Center to re-enter the workforce after incarceration. Through an Individual Training Account, he was given the opportunity to gain culinary training, which led him to find a job in the field. Read on.
Labor Market News
The California EDD released the monthly unemployment report (June to July 2014). Highlights from the San Diego region include that the unemployment rate rose 0.5%, from 6.1% in June to 6.6% in July, and civilian labor force increased by 14,800. Read on.
Board Member Profile

Krista Dupps is an attorney with The Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group. She is also a member of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) at SDWP. Here we caught up with Dupps about what motivated her to join the WIB and what workforce issues she is most passionate about. Read on.


The San Diego Society for Human Resource Management's Workforce Strategies Conference on Sept. 17 includes a special track for veterans featuring workshops and coaching from experts in the world of work and transitioning military. Read on.

CPI honors economic justice superheroes at gala celebration

The Center on Policy Initiatives presents Raise Up San Diego!, a gala honoring San Diego economic justice superheroes, including City of San Diego Council President Todd Gloria and California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, on Sept. 18. Read on. 

San Diego Chamber presents annual awards gala

On Oct. 2, the Annual International Tribute Awards Gala will provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses that have made an impact in the binational efforts bridging U.S. and Mexican economies. The event will be held at the Hotel Del Coronado. Read on.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership's annual Alonzo Awards Dinner honors the people, places and projects that have contributed to the advancement of downtown San Diego in the preceding year. The event is Oct. 9 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. Read on.

South County EDC hosts Economic Summit

The South County Economic Development Council is hosting its 24th annual Economic Summit on Oct. 10 at the San Diego Convention Center. Linden Blue, General Atomicsvice chairman, and John Reilly, SeaWorld San Diego park president, will offer keynote speeches. Read on.

Manufacturing in the Golden State: Making California Thrive is a leadership summit designed to explore how to grow manufacturing jobs and businesses in California. The summit takes place Oct. 16 at AMN Healthcare's San Diego location. 

Read on.

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 The Maritime Alliance for its annual BlueTech and Blue Economy Summit and Gala Dinner Nov 12-13. The agenda is packed with renowned speakers in the maritime community. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Read on.

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