San Diego CITD Update
September 2018
In This Edition
DSN for Global Trade/CITD Promote New Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program at Apprenticeship Career Fair

The Department of Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Apprenticeship Standards, held its first ever San Diego Apprenticeship Career Fair on August 24th, 2018 at the State of California offices in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. The event was open to the public and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the various apprenticeship programs available in the region, including new programs in non-traditional apprenticeship fields that have been developed as part of the California Apprenticeship Initiative - New and Innovative grant program of the  California Community College Chancellor's Office.

Over 200 people attended and more than 17 apprenticeship programs exhibited at the event, including the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT)/San Diego CITD's Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP), which trains apprentices for the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation. 

CITD Organizes California Pavilion at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC

The San Diego CITD organized a California Pavilion of small and medium-sized manufacturers and service providers at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC, which took place on August 22nd, 2018 in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The event, which is organized by the Directorio de la Industria Maquiladora de Baja California (DIMBC), connects Baja manufacturers with suppliers from Mexico and the United States. More than 2,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors participated in the event, which also included Business-to-Business Meetings, an Academic Program, Forum on upcoming industrial trends, an industrial expo, and tours of manufacturing facilities.

(Photo: Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles; Photo provided by the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration)
The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) organized a Logistics for Exporting workshop in North San Diego County, hosted by the North San Diego SBDC on August 8th. The workshop covered topics related to the selection and management of logistics services. Representatives from two local logistics companies, Allen Vigil, Director of International Business Development for  Grupo Logistics, and Brenda Rensfield, Station Manager for  SAE WorldTrans Logistics, presented on cross-border supply chain management and how to select a third-party logistics company. Connie LeFevre, Senior Maritime Trade Account Manager for the Port of San Diego and Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles, discussed services available through the ports to help businesses export. 

The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges' Centers of Excellence San Diego/Imperial Region, is conducting a study of jobs in global trade, supply chain management, and logistics in San Diego. The study will analyze the employment and training needs of San Diego companies engaged in these sectors and help identify related occupations. 

The survey is being conducted using an online survey tool and expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  If you are an employer engaged in global trade, supply chain management, and logistics activities as part of your business operations, please take a moment to complete this important survey.

Selling internationally is not the same as selling in the domestic market. Knowing how to finance your international trade transactions and collect payment is crucial since your customers could be thousands of miles away. If you are engaged in international trade, this workshop will provide you with valuable information on payment options for your international sales and programs that can help you reduce your risk and expand your business in the global marketplace.

Topics covered in this workshop include:
  • Pros and cons of various international trade payment methods
  • Balancing risk between seller and buyer
  • Using insurance to protect against default
  • Financing your international growth
  • Protecting against foreign exchange risk
Cost: $20

Space is Limited,  Register Today!
Baja Supplier Day
Industrial Tour 2018

The   San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Baja California Secretary of Economic Development and the Ensenada Economic Development Corporation, is organizing a Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour. If you are an existing business that supplies to electronics, medical, and industrial companies, this event is for you.

The program for the day includes:
  • Tour of two manufacturers
  • Opportunity to meet with buyers
  • Presentation by Baja California State officials about supplier opportunities in the region

Cost: $35

Lunch and transportation provided

For additional information, visit

Best Practices in Trade Compliance

In this one of a kind event, hosted by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, trade compliance leaders from Solar Turbines, 3 Day Blinds, and DJO Global will share their best practices on how to effectively and strategically manage trade compliance during these challenging times. 
  • Communicating with Upper Management
  • Selling and Promoting Trade Compliance
  • Supporting and Communicating with other Company Departments
  • Resources and Staffing
  • Procedures and Internal Controls
  • Global v. Domestic Compliance
For additional information and to register, click here.

Careers in Supply Chain Management: Student-Executive Speed Networking Event

The  Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable  is organizing an innovative networking event for students and young professionals. This collaborative speed networking event, which will be hosted by National University, is tailored specifically for students interested in careers in the supply chain management field and provides them with an opportunity to network with supply chain executives from leading companies in the San Diego region. 

Schools collaborating on this event include National University, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, CA State University - San Marcos, and Community Colleges in the region.

For additional information, click here.

North County Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade

Palomar College, in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing and the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade, will be hosting a professional development event for high school and college faculty to learn about  career opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade sectors in North County. 

Participating faculty will take part in the following informative and interactive activities:

  • Overview of the Advanced Manufacturing and Global Trade sectors
  • Learn about work-based opportunities in North County
  • Opportunity to talk with Advanced Manufacturing Professionals during a Round Robin Session
  • Tour a manufacturing facility
The event will take place at Palomar College's Rancho Bernardo Education center on Thursday, October 4th as an event leading up to Manufacturing Day.

For additional information about the event, click here.  

SCPro Fundamentals Supply Chain Management Certifications

The  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT) and the San Diego CITD are offering the opportunity for students and encumbent workers to earn an industry-recognized certification in Supply Chain Management. 

The  SCPro Fundamentals Supply Chain Certification Program is backed by the  Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and offers 8 different certification tracks. This completely online certification program is currently free for students at  Southwestern College , Palomar College , and   San Diego City College  enrolled in international business, business administration, business management, logistics and transportation, or manufacturing engineering technology programs. This is possible due to a grant the DSNGT/San Diego CITD received through the San Diego/Imperial Region Strong Workforce Program and Regional Consortium for Collaborative Program Innovation Projects, which is aligned with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office "Doing What Matters" initiative.

The certification modules include:
  • Supply Chain Management Principles
  • Customer Service Operations
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehousing Operations
  • Demand Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Manufacturing & Service Operations
  • Supply Management & Procurement
Each of these certifications is industry recognized and has proven to be beneficial as students move into the job search market or for existing workers to gain upward mobility. Students interested in this program will be able to start with the Supply Chain Management Principles module and if they pass the proctored exam, they can move forward with other certifications depending on their goals and interests. Students who pass and receive all 8 certifications will receive a CSCMP SCPro Fundamentals Comprehensive Certification.

For additional information about the program, please  visit

Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics

Part of the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Econony" initiative, the DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Visit the DSN website for information on international business-related programs, resources, and tools for students, employers, faculty, and workers.

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About the CITD

Expand your business through International Trade! 

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) assists small and medium-sized enterprises expand internationally by providing low and no-cost programs and services including, one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events.

International trade counseling is available by appointment at the following San Diego CITD Locations:

National City
Southwestern College Higher Education Center
National City
880 National City Blvd.
Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950   

Chula Vista
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Building 660
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Otay Mesa
SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
Room 4106
San Diego, CA 92154

East County
East County EDC
127 East Lexington Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020

For appointments, call
(619) 482-6393 or visit

The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
International Business and Logistics Programs at San Diego Community Colleges

Supply Chain Management Certifications Offered in Collaboration with the San Diego CITD/DSNGTL

SCPro Fundamentals

APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
California STEP

California STEP , funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, facilitates export promotion activities, serving targeted industries to drive exports for small business.

California STEP Individual Company Export Promotion (ICEP) Program
California STEP Registration Form -2018
Ask Us How You Can Participate

California Export Guide
SDSU CIBER  in partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc.,, has launched the  California Export Guide , available in print and online. The colorful, magazine-style guide is a free resource for California exporters to find the tools they need to succeed in global markets.
CITD Border Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD  Border Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, visit the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD.



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