San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence


Project Overview: Grant number, name and location: Customized Employment - 01, San Diego, CA, E-9-4-1-0081
Grant recipient: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.
Project Lead: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Subcontractors: Five One-Stop Centers; Access Center (an assistive technology technical assistance resource center); and the University Center on Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) at San Diego University.

Early on, the grantee subcontracted most of its activities to Community Service Providers (Goodwill and Able/Disabled primarily), but radically changed its structure after two years to internalize the activities of the grant in its own system.
Key Lessons/Accomplishments
  • Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and WIB administrative agencies are key players in workforce policy issues, if they choose to take a strong role
  • Performance measures are a manageable challenge when treated constructively by the WIB
  • Lack of experience is a key barrier to customized business-outreach efforts
  • Grant structure (and overuse of subcontractors) severely hinders the capacity for systems and policy change.
State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • Customized Employment
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership, Five One-Stop Centers Access Center, University Center on Excellence on Disabilities at San Diego University,
Date Enacted: