North County Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Global Trade

Local Educators Gain Insight On Career Opportunities For Their Students at Professional Development Event

Palomar College, in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT), Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing (DSNAM), and the CTE Regional Pathways Program, organized a professional development event for local educators interested in better understanding Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade in the region, and learning about career opportunities for their students in these growing industry sectors. Participants included more than 25 educators from high schools and community colleges in North San Diego County, as well as administrators, counselors, and workforce development professionals from Palomar College, Southwestern College, San Diego City College, and Grossmont College.

Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade Round Robin with Manufacturing EngineersThe event, which was held at Palomar College’s Rancho Bernardo Education Center, began with a welcome by Margie Fritch, Dean of Career Technical and Extended Education at Palomar College. Following Dean Fritch’s introduction, DSNGT, Victor Castillo, and DSNAM, Ed Smith, provided an overview of their sectors before introducing CTE Regional Pathways Program Industry Connections Coordinator, Monica Rosas, who talked about work-based learning opportunities that educators can incorporate into their classroom teaching. The meeting then transitioned to a round robin activity with manufacturing engineers from local companies who gave brief introductions, before rotating through the tables of educators to talk about typical job duties, industry certifications that are desired, education needed, skills employers look for, and why they love their career, among other topics related to careers in their field. The round robin engineers represented the following companies: Solar Turbines, NV5, General Atomics, Johnson Matthey , and Cohu/Delta Design.

Johnson Matthey Facilities TourAfter the round robin activity and networking lunch, a group of the participants departed for a tour of Johnson Matthey, a British manufacturer of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with facilities in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to the tour of its facilities, representatives from the company provided participants an overview of the company, its products and services, and the types of jobs they hire for locally.

Additional resources shared with participants throughout the day included: an overview of regional manufacturing and global trade labor market information, regional website with curriculum for global trade, events and work based learning activities, opportunities for high schools integrating careers across job sectors and regional event offerings for teachers and students.

Central San Diego Educational & Resource Fair

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Participate in Educational and Resource Expo for High School Students

San Diego City College hosted its Annual Central San Diego Educational and Resource Expo on October 3rd as a lead-up activity for Manufacturing Day, which is celebrated nationally during the first week of October. Typical activities around the Manufacturing Day celebration include tours of manufacturing plants, presentations to students, and competitions, among other activities.

San Diego City College’s Educational and Resource Expo featured exhibits and panel discussions with representatives from local manufacturers and resource partners. The purpose of the event was to provide high school and community college students with information on the career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, as well as the educational programs available to help prepare them for these careers. With manufacturing closely linked to global trade, logistics, and supply chain management, staff from the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and San Diego CITD participated in the event and promoted the industry-recognized SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program as well as other educational and training programs available at regional community colleges.

This year, Manufacturing Day will be celebrated on Friday, October 5th.

San Diego Apprenticeship Fair

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Promote New Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program at Apprenticeship Career Fair

The Department of Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Department of Industrial RelationsDivision of Apprenticeship Standards, held its first ever San Diego Apprenticeship Career Fair on August 24th, 2018 at the State of California offices in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. The event was open to the public and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the various apprenticeship programs available in the region, including new programs in non-traditional apprenticeship fields that have been developed as part of the California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative grant program of the  California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Over 200 people attended and more than 17 apprenticeship programs exhibited at the event, including the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT)/San Diego CITD’s Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP), which trains apprentices for the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation. The SCLAP combines paid on-the-job training with classroom lessons. Apprentices in the program take courses from Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Program while working full-time. Additionally, apprentices will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications in supply chain management through the DSNGT/San Diego CITD’s SCPro Fundamentals certification program, which is backed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Attendees at the event also had the opportunity to explore job vacancies, speak to local college and training providers, meet employers who take on apprentices, and get advice on completing applications.

Collage of pictures from the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC

CITD Organizes California Pavilion at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC in Baja California

The San Diego CITD organized a California Pavilion of small and medium-sized manufacturers and service providers at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC, which took place on August 22nd, 2018 in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The event, which is organized by the Directorio de la Industria Maquiladora de Baja California (DIMBC), connects Baja manufacturers with suppliers from Mexico and the United States. More than 2,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors participated in the event, which also included Business-to-Business Meetings, an Academic Program, Forum on upcoming industrial trends, an industrial expo, and tours of manufacturing facilities.
The California Pavilion at the expo included six Southern California companies recruited by the San Diego CITD to promote their products and services to the manufacturing sector in Baja California. The companies included: California Power Generation (CalPower)OpticalLockTPx CommunicationsTrim-Lock, and Import Export Logistics. The companies recruited for the event received free booth space and assistance with participating in the event, thanks to a grant provided to the San Diego CITD through the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
(Photo: Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles; Photo provided by the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration)

CITD Promotes California STEP at North San Diego County Logistics for Exporting Workshop

The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) organized a Logistics for Exporting workshop in North San Diego County, hosted by the North San Diego SBDC on August 8th. The workshop covered topics related to the selection and management of logistics services. Representatives from two local logistics companies, Allen Vigil, Director of International Business Development for Grupo Logistics, and Brenda Rensfield, Station Manager for SAE WorldTrans Logistics, presented on cross-border supply chain management and how to select a third-party logistics company. Connie LeFevre, Senior Maritime Trade Account Manager for the Port of San Diego and Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles, discussed services available through the ports to help businesses export.
Participants in the workshop also learned about technical assistance and resources available to help small businesses grow. Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer with the San Diego District Office of the SBA, provided an overview of the SBA’s programs and services, and Sudershan Shaunak, Director of the North San Diego SBDC discussed the technical assistance available at no or low-cost to small businesses through the SBDC. San Diego CITD Director and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade, Victor Castillo, also participated in the workshop and presented on how the San Diego CITD can help businesses export and the benefits of the California STEP program.

CITD Hosts Workshop on How to Find and Manage Distributors Globally

Finding the right foreign buyers for a business’ products and services can be challenging, yet vital to the success of exporting efforts. To help businesses overcome this challenge, the San Diego CITD hosted a workshop on how to find and manage foreign buyers and distributors. The workshop provided participants with information on tools and resources for finding qualified foreign buyers. San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, welcomed the group and introduced the speaker, Carrie Brooks, Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, who presented on how to use online resources to find and vet potential buyers and distributors globally. Additionally, Mrs. Brooks discussed how to stimulate sales from international distributors and resellers and how to avoid the most common mistakes companies make when selling abroad.

The “Finding and Managing Distributors Globally” workshop was part of the CITD’s Export University series of workshops, geared toward helping companies optimize their export potential and grow globally. Check the CITD calendar for date and more information on upcoming workshops in this series.

San Diego CITD and Southwestern College Host City of San Diego Small Business Advisory Board Meeting

The City of San Diego’s Small Business Advisory Board (SBAB) advises the Mayor and City Council on matters that enhance the capability of small businesses in San Diego to succeed. There are 11 board members, consisting of small business owners and business advocates, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The SBAB typically meets on the third Friday of every month at the Downtown Central Library, however, the board recently took their meetings on the road for a three-part series aimed at sitting down with experts from San Diego’s thriving industries in different communities throughout San Diego.

On June 13th, the San Diego CITD and Southwestern College hosted an SBAB meeting which focused on discussing strategies for expanding businesses into international markets. Southwestern College Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Renee Kilmer, provided opening remarks and welcomed everyone to the college’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa prior to the start of the meeting. The meeting featured a panel discussion with business owners engaged in international trade, as well as representatives from organizations that provide trade assistance. The guest speakers on the panel included Carrie Brooks, Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, Sylvia Casas-Jolliffe, President of CASAS International Brokerage, Victor Castillo, Director of the San Diego CITD, Drew Garrison, Manager at the World Trade Center San Diego, and Jeff Silver, President of Rough Draft Brewing Company. Each panel member had a few minutes to introduce themselves and their company or organization and then had an opportunity to answer questions from the Board about the importance of trade in the region and how to expand opportunities for small businesses to grow internationally.

The City of San Diego’s SBAB meetings are open to the public. Visit the SBAB website for additional information on the board and upcoming meetings.

Thank You to the San Diego CITD Interns

The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade provides work-based learning opportunities through its internship program. The program is open to community college, university, and high school students and provides a way for them to learn about global trade, enhance their soft skills, and acquire work experience. Some students in the internship program also earn industry-recognized certifications in supply chain management through the CITD’s SCPro Fundamentals certification program, which is offered in collaboration with the Center for Supply Chain Education at Broward College and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Over the last year, the CITD has hosted 14 interns from various colleges, universities, and high schools in the region, including: Zach Curtis, Daisy Ortiz, Hassan Hunt, and Chloe Seradj from High Tech High Chula Vista, Alexandra Lombard from e3 Civic High School, Julio Gonzalez, Aranzazu Santana, and Nylza Lujan from Southwestern College, Jesus Calderon, Jennifer Diaz Vazquez, Louise Haglund, and Guillermo Aguilar from SDSU, Roberto Tapia from UCSD, and Isai Castillo from CSU San Marcos. As part of their internship, the interns worked on a variety of database and market research projects for CITD clients, helped keep some of our program websites up to date, witnessed trade in action through company tours and the MEXPORT trade show, and participation in Export University workshops. Five of the interns also earned certifications through the SCPro Fundamentals certification program, some of whom were able to leverage the certifications into jobs with local employers after their internships.
Zach, Daisy, Hassan, Chloe, Alexandra, Julio, Aranzazu, Nylza, Jesus, Jennifer, Louise, Guillermo, Roberto, and Isai were of great help to the CITD and its clients. It was a pleasure to have hosted them and wish them success in all their future endeavors.

CITD Helps to Organize California Pavilion at Mexicali Supply Expo 2016

The Mexicali Supply Expo was born with the mission to strengthen and support the supply chain at a local, regional, national and international level for industrial sectors in the City of Mexicali.

February 25th 2016 marked the 6th edition of Mexicali Supply Expo. The event began promptly at 8:30AM with an opening ceremony that included local Mexicali Government Officials like ProMexico’s Northwest Region General Coordinator Gilberto Macias, Baja California Ministry of Economic Development Promotion Director Roberto Durazo, National Chamber of Industry Transformation Mexicali Chapter Secretary Mr. José Eugenio Lagarde and U.S. Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Timothy Kelly to name a few.

California Pavilion Mexicali SupplyAmong the many exhibitors, six were buyer companies who were there to exhibit products manufactured and assembled in their plants and what they require in raw materials and service from suppliers. The San Diego CITD helped to organize a California Pavilion within the expo where CITD clients were able to have their product and service offerings on display. CITD partner agencies including the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Export – Import Bank, San Diego and Imperial Valley District Export Council and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation were also part of the pavilion. In addition to the pavilion, the CITD helped to arrange meetings with potential customers for its clients in attendance.

Parallel to the trade show there were technical conferences offered to attendees. These conferences addressed topics like reduction of energy consumption in industrial projects and challenges in supplying the manufacturing sector.

U.S. Customs Will Have Reduced Hours of Operation on Presidents Day

Via Roberto Gallegos of Globe Trade Services ( , U.S. Customs will have reduced hours of operation on Monday, February 15th, 2016 in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. The hours of operation will be as follows:

Mexico to United States (Northbound)

Trucks with Merchandise – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Empty Trucks – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

United States to Mexico (Southbound)

Trucks with Merchandise – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Empty Trucks – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Normal hours of operation will resume on October 13th.