Workforce and Entrepreneurship

 

Workforce and Entrepreneurship

Our workforce development programs are aimed at creating a talent pipeline so that all San Diegans can have access to high-wage jobs in high-growth sectors, and the impactful life science and affiliated industries in San Diego can continue to thrive. This effort includes key veteran-focused mentorship and internship programs, as well as initiatives created to address the needs of individuals who qualify as out-of-school youth or low income. Our workforce development programs provide meaningful pathways for all San Diegans into this high-growth, high-wage industry as a means to achieve this financial security.

Our Programs

Veterans Initiative
Veterans Initiative

Year-Round Mentoring | Fall Workshop | Spring Career Fair

The Veterans Initiative provides veterans access to a variety of educational training institutions, hiring managers and executives within the life science industry. Complete with job skills workshops, an industry-focused career fair and mentorship pairing, this program provides a holistic approach to addressing skills gaps, hiring and job-search challenges, and a unique direct connection for veterans to the life science industry. More Info

Introductory Life Sciences Experience (ILSE)
Introductory Life Sciences Experience (ILSE)

Year-Round

ILSE provides a pathway into a STEM career for young adults with substantial barriers to employment. Participants include refugees, former foster youth, homeless, and those beset with a learning or physical disability. The program features free college courses in biotechnology, practical lab skills training, individualized support, work readiness coaching and access to paid life science internships.

Hackathon For Health (H4H)
Hackathon For Health (H4H)

One-Week Competition Every October

Hackathon For Health is a data analytics competition that partners leading companies in San Diego’s growing health care, biotech, and technology industries with the best and brightest big data student enthusiasts. Students work in teams or as individuals to develop viable solutions to pressing health concerns using real world data sets. More Info

Life Science Workforce Symposium
Life Science Workforce Symposium

One-Day Program Every October

The Life Science Workforce Symposium is a forum for educators, employers and economic developers to explore issues and challenges involving tomorrow’s life science workforce and current best practices to ensure its sustainability. Through panel discussions, keynote speakers and workshops, academics gain a first-hand understanding of industry needs and employers gain deeper insight into the wide variety of college and university life science related programs in our region.

Academic Biotech Consortium
Academic Biotech Consortium

The Academic Biotech Consortium is a forum for the life science education community whose goal is to more closely align life science curriculums with industry needs. The Academic Biotech Consortium serves the San Diego biotechnology industry by supporting increased collaboration and articulation among member educational programs, assessing and addressing industry needs, and facilitating placement of interns within the industry.

Schools represented include: Cal State University (CSU) San Marcos, CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology, Cuyamaca College, Escondido School District, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego State University (SDSU) Biology, SDSU Extended Studies, Mira Costa Community College, Miramar College, University of California San Diego (UCSD) Biology, UCSD Extension, UCSD Pharmacy, and University of San Diego.

Life Science Workforce Trends Reports
Life Science Workforce Trends Reports

Released Biennially in June

The Life Sciences Workforce Trends Reports provide insights into the most pressing talent needs of the life science industry as well as key trends that are driving talent acquisition. Produced biennially, both nationally and for the state of California, this real-time data on the demand for talent is vital to sustaining growth and ensuring a regional and national competitive advantage in the life sciences industry.

View 2016 California Talent Report

View 2016 National Talent Report

 

For more information, or to get involved with one or more of our Workforce and Entrepreneurship initiatives, contact us.

 
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