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C2C wraps up summer having made great strides forward for youth employment in San Diego

On September 21, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) invited funders, employers, partners, elected officials and program participants to celebrate the accomplishments of summer 2016. This special event highlighted this year’s progress so far and outlined the vision for the future of C2C and youth employment in San

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Internship moves college student along career path

In May 2016, San Diego State University student Devon Quenga, like many college students, was struggling with questions about the future of his career. He had just been denied acceptance to an very competitive academic program, and had been applying

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First generation college student lands two jobs

This fall, Samantha Muñóz Ayala will be among the first in her family to attend college. She was looking for work to cover food, rent and transportation expenses when she heard about CONNECT2Careers (C2C) through a partnership with Youth and

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SAY Youth Leader helps sister pay for college

Southwestern College student Bill Ebuen just finished a summer internship with the San Diego County Office of Education when a coworker told him about CONNECT2Careers (C2C). “I was searching for jobs to help out with bills,” Bill told us. “My dad is retiring

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Job opportunity allows musician to stay in San Diego

When 18-year-old Alex Zettel’s parents told him their family was moving out of the area, Alex had two choices: move with his parents and build a new life in another town, or move out and start living on his own.


Three jobs and three steps closer to medical school

Alma Cruz first heard about C2C when a teacher encouraged her to apply for the school break externship program. This program connects youth with short work experiences during their winter and spring breaks in preparation for summer internships. Externship applicants


CONNECT2Careers praised in Brookings Institution report on youth summer jobs programs

The Brookings Institution recently released a report on youth summer job programs that talks about innovative approaches, praising CONNECT2Careers (C2C) for its year-round approach, partnerships with regional entities and its database. The report, entitled “Youth summer jobs programs: Aligning ends and means,” was


Mayor’s reception engages businesses to invest in our future workforce

On July 14,  Mayor Kevin Faulconer, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation gathered with employers and stakeholders dedicated to investing in San Diego County’s future workforce at the One San Diego 100 Reception. Fittingly, approximately one hundred partners and employers attended the

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New job helps young mom get back on her feet

Octavia was a young mother going through a tough time and needed assistance to get her back on her feet. “A few months ago, I hit rock bottom and unexpectedly lost everything. I lost my home and my car broke

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Meet our 2016 job coaches!

  The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) encourages employers to open their doors to young employees, because we know young people need work experience to learn and grow, and we know internships and early job experiences prepare youth to take on the challenges