San Marcos, CA – Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning Program (SOCAL) received a proclamation for its outstanding commitment to the economic development of San Diego County communities from Chair Nathan Fletcher and all the members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 14.
SOCALworkforce.org includes 40 videos from businesses, 21 videos created by Tri-City Medical Center, and 60 videos from San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) highlighting careers in manufacturing, biotechnology, communications technology, construction, electrical, energy, environmental & utilities, food processing, healthcare (clinical & non-clinical), media/film/events, public safety, and software. It is set up as a one-stop resource for career-seekers to explore industries, companies, and careers, with the goal of inspiring the future workforce with new career pathways.
The SOCAL website has been visited by over 2000 students; SOCAL partners have briefed 16 different school districts that currently educate more than 130,000 students; and SOCAL has been featured at Super Stem Saturday, Carlsbad Unified School District parent outreach events, and Vista Unified School District’s Career Awareness event.
The collaborative aims to have 100 career profiles and videos by the end of 2022 and will be offering career-day interactive and virtual presentations by community residents, providing insight into their careers, and will be offering experience-ship and internship opportunities in 2023.
“The SOCAL program provides insight into a variety of good-paying careers with a broad range of educational requirements ranging from high school and certificate-level training, to associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. I’m proud to support this program and want to thank all who are involved with it!” said Supervisor Jim Desmond, who presented the proclamation.
ABOUT THE COMPANY – SOCAL is a collaborative program between education and industry created by Tri-City Medical Center, SDNEDC, and Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Greater Escondido, San Marcos, and Encinitas Chambers of Commerce. The vision is to give middle school, high school, post-secondary students, and transitioning adults an opportunity to gain insights into career pathways while allowing businesses and local organizations to participate in career exploration.
SOCAL has partnered with a wide array of interested stakeholders including school districts, career and technical educators, colleges, universities, career training institutions, businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and community members to make this a reality. Through this collaboration, SOCAL aims to provide one place to host resources available to San Diego County communities.
To learn more about SOCAL, SDNEDC, and opportunities for investing, contact SDNEDC CEO, Erik Bruvold.