Urban Corps of San Diego Corps-to-Career Department Averages 70% Grad Placement


Corps-to-Career Averages  70% Grad Placement 

Employer Partnerships Build Opportunities for Youth

Taken from  the Urban Corps of San Diego newsletter, The Corps Supporter, Spring 2013

The Corps-to-Career department at Urban Corps is averaging a placement rate of 70% among Corpsmembers from our last two graduating classes. Staff attribute the high placement rate to successful partnerships with local employers in business community which help place graduates in positions which suit their interests and skill sets.

"Graduationis an exciting time for our seniors, however the transition can be stressful without a solid job lined up," says Director of Student services Myrna Contreras. "That is why we actively work to establish relationships with employers and help our youth research careers, colleges, and connect with employers before they leave Urban Corps. We do everything we can to ensure their post-program success." 

Companies partnering with Urban Corps offer job shadowing, participate in job fairs, present career information, recruit graduates, or simply communicate job openings.

Among those partnered with UCO is Grondin Construction, a family-owned and operated firm specializing in general contracting, lead abatement, and independent living modifications.

“We have worked with Urban Corps youth on job sites, and as a result, have hired four Corpsmembers over the years,” says Grondin co-owner Caroline Grondin. "We know that when we hire a Corpsmember we are getting a staff member who has participated in a year-long training program, proven their work ethic, and attained valuable skills. Often times they have experience working directly alongside Grondin team members. Our hope is to strengthen this partnership and create a Corpsmember hiring stream with job skills directly suited to our needs.”

Additional valued partnerships exist with the Goodwill, Nuera Contracting & Consulting, American Insulation and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

The Corps-to-Career Dept. at UCO helps Corpsmembers transition with employment, enroll in college,  and actively seek partnerships with employers. Since the March 2013 graduation in which 27 received diplomas, 17 have been placed in gainful employment and two have been placed in grant/scholarship funded training programs.

(There are many advantages to partnering with UCO to help fulfill staffing needs. Contact UCO Job Developer Geneva Karwoski in the Corps-to-Career Dept. to find out more about setting up an employer partnership. Phone (619) 235-6884 ext 3119 or email gkarwoski@urbancorps.org)