02 Nov 2016

WIOA Spotlight: Access Inc.

In today’s economic and social landscape, education isn’t just about books and tests. It’s also about preparing students for the challenges of the 21st-century job market.

As a nonprofit workforce innovation partner, we work with a variety of community-based organizations to provide our students with job skills training and support services to help them make the transition from school to self-sufficiency and economic independence. Access Inc., one of our exclusive WIOA partners in the San Diego area, has been a vital part of our mission to help underserved students gain the skills they need to find a rewarding career path and succeed in today’s economy.

Founded in 1967 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” Access’ mission is to address the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in San Diego County by providing counseling, education, case management, legal assistance, career exploration and placement services. Coming alongside the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Access has helped provide our students with paid internship opportunities, field trips to local businesses, and professional skills and career readiness training.

The success of our partnership has demonstrated the amazing potential for community and educational collaboration, and the future is looking even brighter. Access is set to receive $1.6 million in additional funding through the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) in San Diego. This money will help Access and Learn4Life serve more than 500 new students with much-needed services. In addition, Diego Springs is on the verge of becoming a San Diego Workforce Innovation High School.

At Learn4Life, we understand that big change often starts at the community level. That’s why we’re working with a variety of WIOA partners across the state to support students in the communities that need it most. And while our ambitions may be big, our mission is to help create safer, more prosperous communities — one student at a time.

Thanks to Access and all of our WIOA partners for their help in realizing these goals!