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Summer is upon us and lots of great things are happening at SDWP! From CONNECT2Careers to daily success stories from the Career Centers and funded partners, we are proud to empower our region to provide quality job and career pathway training. Help stretch our reach into the community - forward our newsletter to a friend, check out our website, and connect with us through social media. The more connected we all are, the better we can support one another!


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SD Zoo Newsletter San Diego Zoo Hires Three C2C Students
The San Diego Zoo, one of SD's top tourist attractions has hired three City of San Diego high school students through the CONNECT2Careers youth employment initiative. Isabella Medina is one of those students and is thrilled about the opportunity. Read on


Junior Achievement Partners with CONNECT2Careers

Junior Achievement is making a major impact this summer by providing curriculum and equipping C2C participants with job readiness and life skills training. They have also have hired a C2C participant! Read on.


Unemployment job fair Unemployment Report | June
San Diego's unemployment rate has steadily decreased over the past year to 6.7 percent, which is well below the year-ago estimate of 8.8 percent. Our rate also sits below that of California (8.1 percent) and the overall percentage of the nation (7.3 percent). Read on.


From Cashier to Certified Nursing Assistant 
Before enrolling in Bridge to Employment, Oceania worked as a cashier and a phone operator but was frustrated with the low wages and inconsistent hours. She needed job training in order to provide a better life for her family. Read on.
New Board of Directors Leadership
SDWP is excited to announce Jeffrey Woodson, Vice President of Administration for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, has been elected to the Vice Chair role on the Board of Directors. Read on
Youth Development Office (YDO) Receives New Grant

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions has announced that San Diego's YDO will receive one of 21 grants awarded in the U.S. The office will harness the power of collaboration to help American youth, ages 16-24, who are disconnected from education, training and employment. Read on.


Mark North County Career Center Career Center Helps a Client Get Back on His Feet
Three months ago, Mark Usherwood was living with his wife in their car as a result of losing his job in 2009. After a nearly four-year search for employment, Mark walked into the North County Coastal Career Center last December in search of help. Read on.
Welder Report | The Hidden STEM Economy

Did you know that half of the STEM jobs in the U.S. do not require a B.A. and pay 10 percent higher than other jobs with similar educational requirements? The report notes that while a college degree is not required, these hidden jobs still call for rigorous courses and long-term, on-the-job training. Read on.

DOL Logo DOL Focuses on Female Veteran Employment
Recently DOL hosted a dialogue on the challenges and potential opportunities for female veterans. Currently, they earn $6,000 less than their male counterparts, which has prompted the DOL to focus their attention and efforts on preparing these service members. Read on.
DollarWise youth campaign Contest | Opportunity for Youth
A few weeks remain! The U.S Conference of Mayors DollarWise Campaign invites youth to participate in the 2013 Summer Youth Jobs Contest. Prizes include iPads, Kindles and more. Enter today! Read on.
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