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Workforce Strategies Conference

On September 17, 2014 San Diego SHRM hosted a Workforce Strategies Conference at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. This event, provided an opportunity for Human Resource professionals and business leaders in the community to connect, build, sustain and contribute. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, network with exhibitors and attend a SHRM Town Hall Meeting.


San Diego SHRM also partnered with the Easter Seals Dixon Center, Veteran’s Association of North County/CTAP, Father Joe’s Villages and the San Diego State University SHRM Student Chapter to provide a free all day workshop to our active duty military, veterans and emerging professions.


Presented by Human Resource professionals, this workshop included networking opportunities with San Diego employers, one-on-one resume writing, interview coaching and presentations designed to equip all active duty military, veterans and emerging professionals.


As each veteran attended the event at no cost, the San Diego SHRM community purchased scholarships to provide each veteran with a free registration to the Career Transition Workshop, which included, breakfast, lunch and a networking reception.


This event provided an extraordinary opportunity for veterans and emerging professionals to meet Human Resource professionals, get feedback on their resumes and learn about current job opportunities. With the training, information and networking, veterans walked away knowing how to be successful in securing and managing their job search.


Join us in September 2015 for our next Workforce Strategies Conference!


Career Transition Workshop Praise

“I was at the Workforce Strategies Conference on September 17 and I was really impressed the entire day. I have just retired from the Navy as a Captain with 26 years; last job as Senior Director of HR for Naval Aviation.”

     -John D. Nell, US Navy


“The featured lectures and one-on-one meetings with HR experts certainly will help me as I transition from military service to a civilian career. San Diego SHRM is gracious and selfless to extend this professional assistance, gratis, to transitioning veterans.”

     -Tim Pence, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)


“Thank you all for a wonderful conference, especially in support of all the veterans that attended. The speakers provided realistic and useful information and the coaches were wonderful with their resume recommendations and overall encouragement. Can’t thank you all enough for your support to the veteran community and for truly ‘walking the talk’! So proud to be a part of the HR and SDSHRM community.”

     -Sandra Fichter, Coordinator of Veterans Initiatives 


"Thank you again for advising me on the Workforce Development Conference. Honestly, it was a great event with some truly dynamic speakers. I was dually impressed and made some great contacts."

     -SDSU Veteran

Local Veterans 

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Reports 241,000 veterans live in San Diego, of which 29,000 are veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unemployment rates for veterans over the age of 55 is 11.4%, as compared to 8.1% for non-veterans, and 16% of San Diego veterans are between the ages of 18 and 34. Regional businesses are being asked to do their part by hiring veterans, with state and federal tax breaks designed to encourage the hiring of veterans.


Every month, 2,000 men and women are released from military duty in San Diego County. With this many people seeking employment in an already tough job market, some veterans who are not prepared for the transition to civilian life become unemployed, and unfortunately too often become homeless.


St. Vincent de Paul Employment and Housing Services 

St. Vincent de Paul Employment and Housing Services provides professional skills training and job-seeking support to enable residents to secure permanent employment with local businesses. Clients on Career Track receive both rapid education and rapid training to compete in today’s evolving workplaces. Specialized job training in their popular Culinary Arts and Security Programs are  available. A Community College instructor is on site daily at their facility to teach Vocational Education and GED classes. Employment and Housing Services instructors, interns and volunteers teach weekly classes in resume writing and interviewing.


Weekly Class List Class Time  Day of Week 
 Interviewing  8:30-10:30 a.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
 Job Applications 12:30-3:00 p.m. (bi-weekly)  Monday and Tuesday 
 Resume Writing 8:30-11:00 a.m.   Thursday and Friday

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)

CTAP is an educational program that is offered to transitioning veterans for free. CTAP’s ongoing workshops, taught by volunteers who are working HR Professionals, meet the needs of the transitioning military veteran through eight interactive and content-rich workshops every month. CTAP provides practical job seeking tools and techniques such as résumé writing and interviewing skills that transitioning military veterans and their spouses need to obtain and retain a successful civilian career. CTAP’s goal is to have every program graduate placed in a new career, which will provide steady and appropriate income for themselves and their families.


San Diego SHRM members can volunteer to assist with the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). On-line registration:  Questions should be directed to Janis Whitaker at or 760.659.0334.  All classes are held at VANC building, 1617 Mission Ave Oceanside, CA 92057. 

Volunteer and connect with peers, as well as a diverse network of community partners. Volunteer and build your HR skills, while earning HRCI credit through delivery of HR specific programs. Contribute to the needs of the community by serving San Diego’s Unemployed and Homeless Veterans. To read more, please do so here


Testimonials from CTAP Graduates

"CTAP is an outstanding course that will help transitioning veterans prepare for and navigate the civilian job market. This is the best transition course I have attended and the personable approach CTAP takes is the top reason. Each and every instructor or coach is passionate about the material and display a genuine sincerity to the students."
-Santori Scott, June 2014

"The CTAP program exists with one goal in mind; to empower fellow veterans, members of the military, and their families by providing needed support and resources to help them transition out of the military. CTAP is successful because it provides an effective approach toward setting individual career goals, creating a winning resume, and understanding the interview process. Military service members learn about job searching, professional networking, and business basics in a manner that rewards personal effort and builds a customized plan for future employment for every student. The volunteer instructors and coaches are hand selected and the quality of their endeavor is reflected by their own success and the achievements of their students"
-Jason F. Ehlers

"The CTAP course is an invaluable resource for transitioning service members. For those in need of immediate and valuable direction, this course is for you. For those who may have felt prepared to transition, this course is humbling. The single greatest attribute of the program is the confidence instilled by the all-volunteer team. When recommending CTAP to other service members, I often say “I feel on inch taller after every class.” The skills taught and the manner in which they are presented are first class. I have the utmost gratitude for the VANC and the CTAP course."
-Capt. Richard H. Cardona, May 2014

"This class demonstrates the true meaning of professionalism. If you want to be a successful transitioning veteran then you need to take this class. Janis and team, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me gain and improve my skills to be able to support my family. This class only confirmed my want and need to be a successful veteran."

"This program is really mind bogglingly good and awesome. I was expecting a regular TAPS class but what I found is a family and people actually here to help you and they really put all their efforts. Now I’m not really blind and don’t know what to expect out in the real world. This is a goldmine of knowledge, resources, and nice crew."
-Arcello Venzin

"I thought I knew a lot about seeking for employment, but CTAP gave me more to learn and ponder. What I’ll do differently is definitely use LinkedIn and stay in contact with these newfound friends and contacts. I highly recommend CTAP to anyone transitioning to the civilian world. Thank you so very much for allowing me to be part of CTAP. I will definitely share what I’ve learned with my fellow veterans and spread the word that there are people out there who really care."
-Vicky Aguila

"I have attended several career transition program classes but this class has been by far the best. The reason is the one-on-one assistance for resume writing. It was also good because the class attendance was spread out over a month period. So you start using fundamental skills learned in class during the week. The other classes were jammed into a 3-4 day class all day. Learning was better in this class since it was spread out."

"CTAP does a great job filing in the gaps left by TRS pertaining to resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and job hunting. Highly recommend."
-Gregory Walker

"This class has been one of the most beneficial moments in my life. I now have countless resources and contacts to assist with looking for and preparing for a job."
-Allen Sturdevant

"I came in feeling unqualified and extremely scared and nervous about re-entering the job world. CTAP has helped boost my confidence for the workforce. I am truly grateful for all the time and hard work VANC, Janis, and all the volunteers have put in to help me. I hope CTAP expands nationwide."
-Dreisha Wilson



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