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Job and Career Resources

User friendly job search websites:


Summer Jobs:

Check out these great tips on finding a summer job! Path to Summer Youth Employment


Connect 2 Careers

CONNECT2Careers is a summer employment program through the San Diego workforce Partnership. Apply online at http://c2csd.org/youth/

C2C offers:

  • Pre-placement work-readiness training
  • Connections between your interests and employers looking to hire
  • Career insights and skill-building
  • Staff guidance and support throughout your experience
  • Paid work

In order to participate in C2C’s summer work program, you must be:

  • A City or County of San Diego resident
  • 6–24 years of age on or before the application deadline
  • Able to provide your own transportation
  • Able to obtain a work permit, if under the age of 18
  • Able to complete the online application process
  • Able to commit to an unpaid, pre-employment workshop
  • Able to apply to multiple employer positions online

Websites that offer other resources: job seeking tips, resume builders, career interest surveys, etc.


Career Specific Websites:


 

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

http://www.asvabprogram.com/ - The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether you are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

The ASVAB test page of the website provides an overview of the test and sample questions to test your knowledge.

 

CA Employment Development Department 

Employment Development Department/State of California

http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov - current information on the California labor market, salaries and occupational requirements.  Visitors to this website can: complete career assessments, search for jobs, explore jobs in their area, learn job search tools and resume tips, find out about training and licenses and so much more!  Under the column LMI By Customer, selectJob Seeker - this will lead you to assessments, exploration of career, assistance with creating a resume, sample interview questions and many other useful resources.  The following two attachments provide instructions for searching for jobs locally or exploring your career interests: Job Search   Career Research

Help Wanted Online (HWOL) Local Area Data. This page of the California EDD website compares the number of unemployed persons in an area with the number of available jobs, the top ten employers with the most job ads in an area and the top ten occupations with the most job ads in an area.  The following link will take you to the page where you can click on San Diego or other area you may want to investigate: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/article.asp?articleid=1293

Tips For Finding The Right Job In California. This great online workbook from EDD is a step by step guide to finding a job in California.  This online booklet provides information on effective job searches; determining your job skills; where to get job information; how to complete applications, cover letters and resumes; interviewing skills and a job search checklist.  Use this online booklet to assist you in finding work! Tips For Finding The Right Job In California



   ENTREPENEURS!
A Guide to Self-employment

Thinking Outside the Employment Box: Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Share Their Self-Employment Success Stories.Traditional workplace environments may not be for you.  This publication from Iowa's Employment Development Initiative highlights success stories and should get your creative juices flowing! Thinking Outside The Employment Box

Complete this chart to help you map out your ideas and plans! Entrepreneur Map

Complete this short exercise to learn how to think like an entrepreneur. Think Like an Entrepreneur



Food Handler Certification

You can now complete the training for a Food Handler Certification online.  Be sure to sign up for a San Diego County course.

  1. State Food Safety: http://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/california/san-diego-county
  2. Premier Food Safety: http://www.premierfoodsafety.com/san-diego-county-food-handlers-card
  3. Servsafe: http://www.servsafe.com/ss/foodhandler/index.aspx?aliaspath=/Special-Pages/ssredirect
  4. TAP Series: http://www.tapseries.com/courses/foodhandler/description/casd

Here is the link to all schools that do in class training:
http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/deh/fhd/food/pdf/publications_fhschools860.pdf

The two in San Marcos are  MAAC Headstart and Foothills Adult Education.  They will direct you to the location holding the training course.  It is often at the Old Spaghetti Factory.


GetMyFuture

This is a great new student resource from the U.S. Department of Labor...check it out, it's very user friendly!

http://www.careeronestop.org/GetMyFuture/index.aspx

GetMyFuture.org (also a mobile-friendly web app) assists in planning careers, exploring education and training options, and searching and applying for jobs.  The site includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, and tips.


Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

Most of us know Goodwill as a place to drop off donations or shop for great deals, but did you know that Goodwill can help you find a job?  Goodwill's employment programs include:

PAID TRAINING PROGRAM -three months of paid on-the-job and classroom training to individuals who need or desire entry level work experience.

Young Adults: A program for young adults (18-25) who are ready to go to work.

Ticket to Work: Are you receiving SSDI or SSI? Would you like to go to work without sacrificing all your benefits?

Job Fairs: Check the home page for JOB FAIRS

Click here: If you would like assistance applying on-line through Goodwill's Community Employment.

Goodwill's Supported Employment Program Brochure  Outside Inside  Find out more!

Help Finding a Job at Other Companies within San Diego County?

More: Visit Services and Employment Assistance for more information.

 

Careers with Goodwill

Search open jobs & apply online  If you click on the LINK, you will be able to see current job openings, and you can apply for the job online. 


 Job Corps

Job Corps: http://www.jobcorps.gov - a voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education. 

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income.  Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.  Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.  Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today's careers. 

A list of careers offered and detailed information about each course can be found at: http://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/en/benefits/careers.aspx

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don't have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges.  Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students in order to help them make the transition into the workplace.

Our local Job Corps is located at:

1325 Iris Avenue, Building 60
Imperial Beach, CA 91932-3751
Tel: (619) 429-8500
Fax: (619) 429-4909
http://sandiego.jobcorps.gov

 

North County Career Centers (Operated by ResCare, Inc. ResCare Workforce Services) 

These centers assist those who have significant barriers to employment, have lost their jobs or are just entering the workforce.  They offer comprehensive services that prepare workers for high-growth, high-demand industries.  North County Career Centers serve both coastal and inland Northern San Diego County and are delivered through two One-Stop locations, one in Oceanside and the other Escondido; and three satellite sites in Vista, Encinitas and Escondido.

Visit their main page http://northcountycareercenters.com/ for more information and then link straight to the coastal and inland page http://www.rescare.com/nccc/index.php for locations, membership information, services etc.

YEOP - The Youth Employment Opportunity Program. This service (through the North County Coastal Career Center) assists youths aged 15 to 25 in achieving their educational and vocational goals. Contact the YEOP Youth Advisor to make an appointment: 760 631 6150

Job Corps Services at North County Coastal Career Center. Make an appointment with Patricia Padilla, (the Job Corps North County Admissions Counselor) at her office located within the North County Coastal Career Center. Call 760 414 3564 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


                   

http://www.onetonline.org - O*NET is a website for exploring and searching occupations. It also contains Career Exploration Tools and assessment for students searching for career options.


Security Guard Training and Information

http://www.bsis.ca.gov/industries_regulated/ppo.shtml  This link will take you to the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and provides important licensing information for students interested in becoming Security Guards. 


Ticket to Work
http://www.chooseworkttw.net/

If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security, and protections if you have to stop working due to your disability.  Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence.  Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)  agency. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your “employment team” that will help you on your journey to financial independence. 


NCWD - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ 

By Youth, for Youth: Employment - this guide (written by and for youth who want to know more about finding and keeping the right job) discusses subjects, such as what makes a job right for each young person, job search and resume development, and how to interview for a job. The publication also addresses disability disclosure in the workplace and how to request accommodations, if needed. Additional information includes employment supports and services, including vocational rehabilitation and transportation.


United States of America Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2010-11 Edition: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/-For hundreds of different types of jobs the Occupational Outlook Handbook gives you: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, job descriptions, and working conditions.  In addition the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State and more.                              

San Diego County Occupational Outlook Report: SD County OOR-a 2011 study of occupations in San Diego County providing information on education, training, experience requirements, wages, benefits, skills and employment opportunities.


 

Apprenticeships

 

 

ApprenticeshipUSA

Registered Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

The U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, works in conjunction with State Apprenticeship Agencies to administer this program nationally. These agencies are responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards; protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices; issuing nationally recognized and portable Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship to apprentices; promoting the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance; assuring that all programs provide high quality training; and assuring that all programs produce skilled and competent workers.

Registered Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

Search for apprenticeships near you: http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/find-opportunities.htm


  

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - San Diego Chapter
http://www.abcsd.org/train/applicant-information3160.html?chapter=abcsd

ABC San Diego trains apprentices in Electrical, Plumbing, Pipefitting, Sheet Metal and Electronics Systems Technician.  Employers participate as “sponsors” by employing the apprentice full time in the trade. The sponsoring employer agrees to train the apprentice in the individual trade while the apprentice earns a living and builds a reputation as a skilled, knowledgeable and reliable employee.

Classes are held two nights each week for 2.5 hours each night. The total number of classroom hours is determined by the curricula of the respective trade. ABC apprentices must receive a minimum of 180 hours of classroom instruction each year.

ABC San Diego wants to help you plan and realize your goals. Apprenticeship training gives construction workers a considerable advantage over those trained by informal means. Advantages include:

Qualification for a higher level of pay.

  • Certification of skills from the State of California, Division of Apprenticeship Standards, and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.
  • Earn college degree credits through San Diego City College (San Diego Community College District).
  • Family medical/dental insurance benefits.
  • Exposure to the latest technology and building codes.
  • Life-long job mobility through a nationally recognized certification program of your skills.

The recruitment, selection and training of apprentices for the San Diego Apprenticeship Training program shall be without discrimination of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 18 years or older, and must have a high school diploma or equivalent, Board of Education certified GED.
  • Electrical candidates must also show proof of a C grade or better in basic Algebra.
  • In order to identify the best candidates for the program, applicants must pass a rigid qualifying test that evaluates reading comprehension and math computation skills.
  • Candidates who successfully pass the qualifying examination proceed to an oral interview and a drug-screening test. Electrical applicants must also pass a color vision screening.
  • Once the candidate passes all tests and interviews, he/she is indentured and referred to a prospective employer.
  • In addition to on-the-job training provided by the employer, apprentices must attend classes two nights a week to master the technical and theoretical requirements of the trade.

See the 5 step process to enrolling in the apprenticeship program.


Associated General Contractors of America - San Diego

http://www.agcsdatt.org/apprentice_information/

The AGC operates the state’s first and largest open-shop apprenticeship program. As opposed to a labor union, the AGC program is run by contractors, for contractors. AGC is well respected throughout the industry due to contractor management of the program and the skill, integrity, and responsibility that exemplifies AGC members.  They are firmly committed to increasing the number of skilled construction workers by providing the highest level of training and education to registered apprentices.

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeship training consists of a combination of on-the-job training, plus related education. All registered apprentices would become full-time employees of a construction company and learning their trade on daily basis. Since apprentices are employees, they are earning income while they are learning. 

The second requirement is related education. Apprentices must attend classes two nights per week for a minimum 24 weeks out of the year. 

The entire program lasts between 2-4 years depending on the trade, and upon completion/graduation, the AGC and state of California award a certificate that is recognized throughout the industry as a valid indicator of high quality training, signifying that the apprentice has completed an apprenticeship program which meets the industry standards of occupational proficiency. 

The Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.'s Joint Apprenticeship Committee is accepting applications on a continuous basis for its open shop (non-union) apprenticeship program in the following crafts: 

  • Carpenter
  • Cement Mason
  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Lather
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Laborer
  • Painter

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Proof of high school diploma or GED
  • Good physical condition (physical exam and drug test may be required
  • Must be able to consistently get to and from work and school
  • Applicants must provide the following documents when applying: proof of high school diploma or GED and employment verification as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Most employers also conduct pre-employment drug testing.

For further information, or to get involved in this innovative program:

San Diego Apprentice Training Facility
6255 Ferris Square
Suite C
Phone: (858) 558-8700
Fax: (858) 558-8694
Contact: Charles Henkels

http://www.agcsdatt.org/apprentice_information/


BC3

Building California Construction Careers

http://www.buildingc3.com/

Building California Construction Careers (BC3) is a program designed to educate the public about construction career opportunities and apprenticeship.  BC3 is currently funded by a grant through the California Employment Development Department.  This website provides all the information you will need to investigate a career in construction, including a self assessment, information on the various trades, an apprenticeship search page and so much more.


California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association
http://www.calapprenticeship.org

 A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, (depending on the trade you select); have mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and like to work with a team; and want to earn a living wage and good benefits.  Benefits of an apprenticeship include:

  • Become skilled in a trade, and get paid to do it - "Earn While You Learn!"
  • Paid "scholarship" - no or low-cost supervised training
  • Full-time employment with career placement built in
  • Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits
  • Nationally recognized credential - Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Improved job security and standard of living
  • Opportunityfor college credit and/or associate degree

Check out the link above for a variety of apprenticeship opportunities.


 

Career Exploration

This section provides an opportunity for you to access several websites that allow you to explore jobs and careers. Use these websites to discover your interests and strengths and to learn more about different career paths. 

 

California Department of Education - Secondary Transition Planning

Resources and guidelines for educators, parents and agencies that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in the area of employment.

This link will take you to numerous resources: Employment  Many of them are included separately below, but this is a great site for one-stop shopping!


 

California Career Resource Network - CalCRN

This website was created by the California Career Resource Network and the California Department of Education.  In addition to free online career exploration programs they provide numerous other resources.

Home siteto access the links for the following resources: http://www.californiacareers.info

 

California CareerZone:  http://www.cacareerzone.org/ - a career exploration programwith four easy to use career assessment tools.

Make Money Choices: http://www.cacareerzone.org/budget/- an online budgeting program. Find out how much money you will need in the future to support your chosen lifestyle and the career choices you need to make to earn the money!

The California Career Center (CalCC): http://calcareercenter.org- a career and college web portal.  Tools to help you map your future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military or other options.

 Students:

  • ·Middle & High School Completion & Planning
  • ·Post-secondary Education and Training
  • ·Exploring Career Options
  • ·Getting a Job
  • ·Addressing Challenges
  • ·Financial Literacy
  • ·Career-Related Videos
  • ·“My Stuff” Accounts
  • ·Personalized High School and Career Action Plans
  • ·Upload and save documents

Parents and Guardians

  • ·Career Development and College Planning Parent Handbooks
  • ·Helping Your Child Address Challenges
  • ·Quick Guides to: Exploring Career Options, Postsecondary Education and Training and Paying for College
  • ·California CareerZone Workbook [PDF]
  • ·Career & College Planning Resources for Parents and Guardians

 

California Career Planning Guide: http://www.californiacareers.info/ccpg.html -the California Career Planning Guide will help you plan your own personal career path.  By following the exercises and gathering related materials, the Career Action Plan will help you to pursue your life and career goals more effectively.

Parent Guide: http://www.cacareerzone.org/guide/parents/- this guide is to help parents and guardians understand how California CareerZone works so they can help their student through the career exploration process.


 

Other Great Websites for Career Planning

 

California Career Café: http://www.cacareercafe.com- a virtual career center where students can assess their strengths, explore educational opportunities, and make connections to professional associations. 

WHO DO U WANT 2B: http://whodouwant2b.com/student/pathways- Information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance.

My Next Move: http://www.mynextmove.org/- Explore career interests using key words or by industry.  Also has a quick and easy Interest Profiler that helps you discover what kind of job you might really be looking for! 

Drive of Your Lifehttp://www.driveofyourlife.org/- Drive of Your Life is a fun online career exploration game that will help you learn more about yourself, higher education and careers. You answer a series of questions about yourself to learn what careers might interest you and then go on a virtual drive to learn more about each of those careers – all in your own customized car!

 

http://www.internships.com 

 A great search engine for internships.  Just put in your zip code and then refine your search using the selection bar on the left of the screen.

 

 

Jobs Made Real: http://www.jobsmadereal.com/- The idea for this website came about as a result of teens saying they do not know what people really do in their jobs.  Over 160 teens at Chop's Teen Club (a nonprofit, multi-use recreation and enrichment facility designed to meet the changing interests and needs of Santa Rosa teens) were surveyed and the discovery was made that your primary source of research is YouTube. This information influenced the layout and design of the website. This website features thousands of videos of people doing their jobs, data on job forecasts and career information.  

Do2learn provides free access to their JobTIPS Determining Interests pages.  In this section of their website you can identify your strengths, skills, career interests and goals.    Assessments include a social skills assessment, interests quiz, and work environment assessments to help guide you towards specific careers. You can also learn much more about specific jobs in the job descriptions section. http://www.do2learn.com/JobTIPS/DeterminingInterests/Overview.html

 

CONNECT2Careers aligns your career aspirations and educational background with community-minded businesses to create meaningful PAID summer work experiences aimed at preparing you for 21st-century jobs.

C2C offers:

  • Pre-placement work-readiness training
  • Connections between your interests and employers looking to hire
  • Career insights and skill-building
  • Staff guidance and support throughout your experience
  • Paid work

In order to participate in C2C’s summer work program, you must be:

  • A City or County of San Diego resident
  • 16–24 years of age on or before the application deadline
  • Able to provide your own transportation
  • Able to obtain a work permit, if under the age of 18
  • Able to complete the online application process
  • Able to commit to an unpaid, pre-employment workshop
  • Able to apply to multiple employer positions online

Note: There is no promise of employment by completing your C2C application. Employment is dependent upon available jobs and employers’ selections.

For more information, contact http://c2csd.org/


 

 

Community Service & Volunteer Experience

In addition to the opportunities listed below, the WorkAbility staff at your school has a list of local community service locations where you can volunteer or complete court assigned community service hours.  Drop by the WorkAbility Office to pick up a copy. 

http://guardianangelvolunteers.org/get-involved/

If you would like to volunteer to work with seniors, this site is for you.

"Guardian Angels’ volunteers understand the importance of socializing with seniors, especially those isolated in skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, convalescent centers, senior homes and memory care centers throughout San Diego County.  Through their stories we learn of where we’ve been and where we’re going, in sitting with them we learn patience, in communicating with them we learn how to listen, and by simply visiting with them we learn about ourselves."

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Senior Visitor: Visit with a senior(s) who may be in need of friendly chat, social stroll, or just a listening ear. (Minimum 6 month commitment, 3 hours/month)
  • Activities Assistant: Whether it’s calling the numbers for bingo or facilitating a friendly game of bridge, facilities are always looking for individuals willing to lend their time and creativity. Plenty of facilities are even willing to customize activities to your talents, likes, and interest. (Minimum 6 month commitment)
  • Social Media/Communications: Do you use Twitter, Facebook, or blog? Perhaps you’re an aspiring writer, well why not put your talents and interest to use! Help us manage our Facebook page, write interesting articles for our newsletter, or visit facilities and interview some of the seniors. This is a virtual service opportunity so if you have a computer you can do this from home on your computer. (Minimum 4 months commitment, 10-20 hours/month)
  • Community Outreach: Are you involved in the community or would like to be? Help out at health fairs, community fairs, or help with trainings and recruitments. We’ll train you and give you all the information you need then you can go out and inform others. (6 month commitment, 8-10 hours/month)
  • Event Coordinating: Whether it’s a volunteer appreciation, regional softball game, or senior social they all require planning. Under the supervision of the program coordinator you’d be assisting to plan, oversee, and implement events that are being organized for the first time. The volunteer will have significant input in how the event will be structured.(Commitment varies per event)


 North County Community Services (NCCS)

NCCS provides programs that educate young children, support working families, provide food for those feeding the hungry and creates opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents of North County. Anyone can volunteer who is above the age of 13 with an adult, or 16 without an adult - parental permission is required for all volunteers under age 18.  Volunteers help out with every aspect of operations at North County Community Services. Other volunteer tasks include sorting and organizing fresh and canned food, preparing and distributing food for their Temporary Food Assistance (TFA) program, and other tasks as needed such as: painting, cleaning, gardening, refurbishing playgrounds, reading to children, and office volunteering.  

Where Do I Start?

Before you volunteer, you need to attend a two-hour long orientation and training session. These occur weekly at varying times and on varying days. To get started, email or call the volunteer coordinator. Be prepared to provide your full name, email Address, phone number and the reason you would like to volunteer.  Additionally, be sure to include any school program or conviction information (if applicable), along with the number of hours needed and deadline for completion (if applicable).  Lastly, make sure to share the times and days you are available to volunteer so they can hook you up right! http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org85889.jsp

 


VolunteerMatch: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/filters/?l=San%20Marcos,%20CA,%20USA&k= VolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community. Find local volunteering opportunities now!  Enter your city of zip code and narrow your search by your interests and the age group you'd like to work with.


 

 

City of San Marcos

http://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/index.aspx?page=200

City of San Marcos volunteers provide a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers gain valuable experience and provide meaningful work to the community. Volunteering with the City provides an opportunity to utilize valuable skill sets and develop new ones; gain valuable work experience towards a new career path; and learn how local government functions. 

Opportunities
San Marcos Senior Center

  • Trailblazers
  • Nutrition
  • Office
  • Van Drivers
  • Class and Program Instructors
  • Bingo Assistants

Other volunteer opportunities

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Senior Center, please call (760) 744-5535.

 

San Diego County Sheriff's Department 

Explorer Programhttp://www.sdsheriff.net/explorers.html

The Program. The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is sponsored by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. Through direct interaction with working field Deputies, detectives and support staff, a young person is motivated to expand their interest in the profession of law enforcement as a career. The purpose of the program is to have responsible young men and women within the County explore all aspects of modern law enforcement.

Goals. Encourage Positive Citizenship The program encourages desirable character traits, ethical conduct, sound morals, patriotism and respect for law and order so that the Explorers’ exemplary behavior might be emulated by their peers.

Active Participation By being involved in a positive community based program, the young person is able to occupy their spare time by providing worthwhile objectives to pursue.

Career Exploration The Sheriff’s Explorer Program provides young people in the community the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes in the field of law enforcement by on the job exposure to the Sheriff’s Department’s various duties.

Qualifications. Explorer candidates must meet rigid standards in order to qualify to participate in the program. During the application process a complete records and background check will be completed, including contacting personal references. To submit an application you should meet the following criteria:

  • An applicant must be between 16 and 20 years of age.
  • Graduated, enrolled or possess a GED certificate from high school.
  • Maintain at least an overall “C” grade point average, if they are still enrolled in school.
  • Ability to perform 20 hours a month of service to the department. This may be accomplished through a balance of ride-alongs, performing office work, attending meetings and training, or special assignments.

 

Accept the Challenge. Hundreds of current law enforcement officers in San Diego County began their career as Sheriff’s Explorers. You are invited to become a part of the Exploring team. An application will be mailed directly to you by contacting the Sheriff’s Personnel Division at (858) 974-2001. Completed applications should be submitted to the Sheriff’s Explorer Coordinator. The Sheriff’s Personnel office will set up an interview with the applicant and will conduct a background investigation. Qualified candidates will be notified that they have been accepted into the Sheriff’s Explorer Program as a cadet. Explorer cadets may participate in explorer functions on limited bases, while waiting to attend the Explorer Academy.

Training. An Explorer cadet will complete a course of instruction that will prepare them to enter the Law Enforcement Explorer Academy.

There are two types of Law Enforcement Academies. One is any eight day, summer live-in academy and the other academy is held during the school year, over 4 weekends. The training includes classes in Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Report writing and Physical Fitness.

Upon Academy graduation, the Explorer Cadet will earn the privilege to wear the badge and uniform of a Sheriff’s Deputy Explorer. In addition, Explorers will receive continuous professional training monthly in law enforcement related topics throughout their tenure in the program.

As a Deputy Explorer you will be assigned to one of the ten patrol stations throughout San Diego County: Encinitas, Fallbrook, Vista, Santee, San Marcos, Poway, Ramona, Lemon Grove, Imperial Beach or Valley Center.

Sheriff Explorers provide a myriad of beneficial services to the Sheriff’s Department and to the community. Many Explorers volunteer thousands of hours annually to the community.

For more information about the Explorer Academy, please visit the San Diego County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association website.


 

Disability Resources

 

California Department of Education - Secondary Transition Planning

Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

Employment. Resources and guidelines for educators, parents and agencies that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in the area of employment.

Education and Training. Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in education and/or training.

Independent Living. Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in independent living.

Compliance. Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth develop transition plans that comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Guideposts for Success. A document developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that identifies key educational and career development interventions.

Employment First Policy. Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth develop postsecondary goals that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).


 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Making College Affordable - A Guide for Students with Disabilities http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/

A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities, including advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.

PSAT,SAT and/or ACT accommodations: If you have taken the necessary general education classes to apply to a four year university directly from high school, you will be taking the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT during your junior year.  You may qualify to receive accommodations similar to those written into your I.E.P.  College Board and ACT are not required to grant these accommodations, however you may want to see if they will be granted.

Apply directly to the test-taking companies.  You will need a copy of your I.E.P.

SAT https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities

ACT http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/


 

NCWD - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ 

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.   NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services to gain education, employment and independent living. Resources include:

Transition Truths - an online tool that describes systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood. Students can learn about their rights within these systems, plan for their transition, and identify areas where change is needed within their communities. 

By Youth, for Youth: Employment - this guide (written by and for youth who want to know more about finding and keeping the right job) discusses subjects, such as what makes a job right for each young person, job search and resume development, and how to interview for a job. The publication also addresses disability disclosure in the workplace and how to request accommodations, if needed. Additional information includes employment supports and services, including vocational rehabilitation and transportation.


North County Youth Resource Guide 

This publication, created by  the CHATncsd Program at Vista Community Clinic,  is a great north county resource for a multitude of needs including:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Decision-Making 
  • Driving 
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education
  • Emotional and Mental Health 
  • Employment 
  • Health and Nutrition 
  • Personal Safety 
  • Support Groups 
  • Teens and the Law 
  • Volunteering 

 


Self Advocacy

http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/  Find self-advocacy groups, view stories from self-advocates, learn about self-advocacy and research self-advocacy.


Social Security Administration
http://www.ssa.gov

2011 RED BOOK The Red Book - A guide to employment supports for persons with disabilities under the SSI Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. 


SSI/SSDI - Disability Help Center: http://www.ssdhelpcenter.org/  - the Disability Help Center assists people seeking to receive Social Security Disability, SSI and Veteran's Disability Benefits.  Their services are free.


Ticket to Work
http://www.chooseworkttw.net/

If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security, and protections if you have to stop working due to your disability.  Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence.  Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)  agency. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your “employment team” that will help you on your journey to financial independence. 


Other Disability Resources & Publications 

Department of Rehabilitation: http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov - The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Disability Benefits: http://www.disabilitybenefits101.org - DB101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit, and employment programs that people with disabilities use. These programs may be run by state, federal government, non-profit, or private organizations. Here they are discussed under one roof and in plain language.

Disability Disclosure:  The 411 on Disability Disclosure-This workbook helps you think about disclosing a disability.  It does not tell you what to do, but it does help you make informed decisions about disclosing your disability and how that will affect your educational, employment, and social lives. Making the personal decision to disclose your disability can lead to greater confidence in yourself and your choices. Disclosure is a very personal decision that takes thought and practice.  Both young people with visible disabilities and those with hidden (not readily apparent) disabilities can benefit from using this workbook.

A Guide for Transition Age Youth - A booklet designed by the San Diego Regional Center to help you and your child prepare for transition.  It answers those questions most often asked by parents and tells you where to get additional information.

The Journey To Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs - 

This comprehensive guide from Ability Path.org examines the law as it impacts a child with special needs, the importance of the I.E.P. and the different paths a student may take after graduating from high school.  This publication examines the steps that need to be taken prior and subsequent to graduation. 

San Diego Family Magazine's Flourishing Families: Each year San Diego Family Magazine publishes a special needs resource guide for families and agencies in San Diego County, Flourishing Families.  It is a comprehensive list of behavior, education and health resources located here in San Diego County and beyond.  Use this link to access the digital issue. Flourishing Families 2015.

Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego: http://specialneedsresourcefoundationofsandiego.org/ A website and publication which bring together people, information and resources.

Youth Transition Tool Kit: A Guide for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood- http://www.tknlyouth.org/  This toolkit was developed by the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP) and includes information on education, employment, independent living, health care, finances, and social/recreation.  Each section contains information for the young person, tips for parents, and resources. Most sections also contain youth worksheets. Youth may create their own notebooks by printing the sections of the tool kit that are relevant to their needs and interests.


Other Useful Resources

Financial Aid: 

FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Cal Grant (How to apply): http://www.calgrants.org/index.cfm?navId=22

Options: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/paying/financialaid.htm


Further Education:

CalState San Marcos: http://www.csusm.edu

MiraCosta College: http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us

Palomar College: http://www.palomar.edu

Making My Way Through College - This great publication is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability.  Subject matter includes:

 Get the Facts about College

  • Decisions about Disability Disclosure & Connecting to Disability Services
  • Get to Know Your School
  • Figure out Your Finances
  • Learn about Disability Benefits Planning
  • Decide What Support You Need & Get Connected
  • Connect with Other Students, Including Students with Disabilities
  • Take Charge of Your Health & Well-being
  • Understand Yourself
  • Create Your Individualized Plan

10 Colleges with Programs for ASD Students

 


Affordable Colleges and Online Courses:

Affordable Colleges Online: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/california/

Whether you’re looking for online colleges with financial aid or affordable colleges and universities with a good return on investment, this website has done the research so you don’t have to.

You can obtain an online degree from a four-year college for a fraction of the cost of attending the school.

The site has developed a comprehensive lists of affordable college and online college options. They also provide information regarding financial aid options and advice on filling out the FAFSA form.  


The Law: When You Become 18 and Kids & the Law

State Bar of California publications regarding the law and how it impacts your teenager - http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public.aspx

When You Become 18 - A handbook that describes how the law changes when you become 18 and all the various ways in which that impacts your life and the decisions you need to make.  Now that you are an adult in the eyes of the law. You can rent your own apartment, take charge of your finances and even buy a car on your own — all without a parent’s consent or assistance.  But adulthood also brings new responsibilities and consequences. Your parents no longer have to support you. You can now be sued personally. You are responsible for paying your own income taxes. If you are a young man, you must register for the military. And if you commit a crime, you will not have the protection of the juvenile court and laws; you could wind up in jail for something that, at a younger age, might have resulted in no more than a stern lecture and a ride home in a police car.  This guide touches on some of the laws that may apply to you at this turning point. Keep in mind that laws are constantly.

Kids and The Law - Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents is designed to give you a basic overview of some of the laws that apply to children—laws created, in many instances, to help safeguard your youngsters at school, in part-time jobs and at play. This guide can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a parent and assist you in answering your children’s questions about the law.

 

Updated 6/26/2017

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