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Unprecedented Regional Collaboration Expands ‘One San Diego Skills for Success’ Program to Entire Region

Mayor Faulconer and Mayors from Throughout San Diego County Come Together to Increase Youth Employment


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - NEWS RELEASE

SAN DIEGO – Continuing efforts to help San Diego youth gain skills for successful careers, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer has today announced that leaders from nearly 40 local agencies are joining him to create internships and summer jobs with local businesses. The collaborative effort will increase real-life career opportunities for opportunity youth, and high school and community college students through the expansion of Mayor Faulconer’s successful One San Diego 100 program.

Mayor Faulconer in his 2016 State of the City Address committed to working with 100 employers in the city of San Diego to provide work-based learning opportunities including paid and unpaid internships, guest speakers, job shadows, company tours and summer jobs to youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The effort exceeded its initial goal of engaging 100 employers and now the program is expanding countywide.

“There is a growing chasm between good paying, middle-class jobs and workers with the skills to fill them,” Faulconer said.  “Today, we are uniting to take action to bring economic opportunity to underserved communities throughout our region and help our youth gain the experience they need to have a successful career.” 

The newly-renamed One San Diego Skills for Success program is expanding countywide due to the work of the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium, which is comprised of K-12 districts, community college districts and nonprofit partners.  A $13.2 million workforce development grant from the California Department of Education was awarded to the Consortium on 2015 and served as the catalyst for this effort.

Mayors, superintendents, county supervisors, nonprofits, and community college district chancellors and presidents, will identify employers to provide meaningful work experiences for youth so they can learn the 21st-century skills they need to be successful.

The program is available to all 16-24 year olds in San Diego County enrolled in high school and college, plus the 43,000 youth who are not in school or employed.

“This kind of collaboration is unprecedented in our county,” said MiraCosta College President, Dr. Sunita Cooke.  “Working together as a region is how we will ensure that all students are prepared for local high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers.”

Participating Mayors Include:

  • The Honorable Matt Hall, City of Carlsbad
  • The Honorable Mary Salas, City of Chula Vista
  • The Honorable Richard Bailey, City of Coronado
  • The Honorable Al Corti, City of Del Mar
  • The Honorable Bill Wells, City of El Cajon
  • The Honorable Catherine Blakespear, City of Encinitas
  • The Honorable Sam Abed, City of Escondido
  • The Honorable Serge Dedina, City of Imperial Beach
  • The Honorable Mark Arapostathis, City of La Mesa
  • The Honorable Racquel Vasquez, City of Lemon Grove
  • The Honorable Ron Morrison, City of National City
  • The Honorable Jim Wood, City of Oceanside
  • The Honorable Steve Vaus, City of Poway
  • The Honorable Jim Desmond, City of San Marcos
  • The Honorable John Minto, City of Santee
  • The Honorable Lesa Heebner, City of Solana Beach
  • The Honorable Judy Ritter, City of Vista

Consortium Partners include:

  • K-12 Districts:
    • Carlsbad Unified School District
    • Coronado Unified School District
    • Escondido Unified High School District
    • Fallbrook Unified High School District
    • Grossmont Unified High School District
    • San Diego County Office of Education/Momentum Learning
    • Mountain Empire Unified School District
    • Oceanside Unified School District
    • Poway Unified School District
    • Ramona Unified School District
    • San Dieguito Unified High School District
    • San Marcos Unified School District
    • San Diego Unified School District
    • Sweetwater Unified High School District
    • Vista Unified School District
    • Steele Canyon High School (Charter)
  • Community College Districts:
  • Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District
  • MiraCosta Community College
  • Palomar Community College
  • San Diego Community College District
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Nonprofits:
  • Cleantech San Diego
  • East County Economic Development Council
  • Junior Achievement of San Diego County
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • United Way of San Diego County

An effort as large as this one requires broad and sustained participation from elected officials, industry leaders, community leaders, and employers.  Those who are interested in getting involved can go to www.onesandiego100.org for more information.

CONTACT: Francis Barraza at (619) 453-9897 or [email protected]


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