DSN Promotes Careers in Global Trade to CalWORKs Students at Southwestern College

The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Director of the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD), Victor Castillo, was invited by the CalWORKs program at Southwestern College to give a workshop on career opportunities in the global trade sector to students participating in the program. CalWorks, which stands for California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids, is a state program that provides cash assistance and services to eligible needy families in California. The CalWORKs Program at Southwestern College provides assistance to TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants which include academic, career, personal counseling and employment assistance. Mr. Castillo’s presentation to the students included an overview of the sector and information on the various careers in global trade and supply chain management, including the educational and training options available regionally to prepare students to take advantage of opportunities for high-wage jobs in these fields.

In addition to the workshop, San Diego CITD staff members Gabriel Reyes and Desiree Dolores participated in the CalWORKs program’s CTE Expo on January 23rd. During the Expo, Gabriel and Desiree provided information on Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Program and the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program offered through the CITD. The goal of the expo was to introduce CalWORKs students to the various Career Technical Education programs available at Southwestern College and provide an opportunity for the students to speak with counselors and faculty representatives from the programs.

DSN Discusses Career Pathways in Global Trade and Logistics at Regional Counselor Conference

The CTE Regional Pathways Program, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium, hosted a conference for K-12 and community college counselors and administrators at the Marina Village Conference Center on December 5th. The aim of the annual conference is to provide counselors and administrators with information about local career and technical education (CTE) pathways in high growth industry sectors within the San Diego & Imperial Counties region.

The conference began with a keynote panel discussion about the many benefits of attending community college. The panel consisted of professionals in various fields who relayed their stories of how community college provided a solid foundation for them to pursue additional education and be successful in their fields. Following the keynote panel, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of breakout sessions covering a variety of topics around CTE pathways and helping students develop the 21st century skills that are crucial in today’s economy. One of those sessions, which was hosted by Deputy Sector Navigator for Global and Logistics (DSNGTL) and San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) Director, Victor Castillo, along with SB1070 Industry Connections Coordinator for Global Trade & Logistics and CITD International Trade Specialist, Monica Rosas, focused on Careers in International Trade, Supply Chain and Logistics. During this session, Mr. Castillo covered an overview of global trade and its impact on jobs and the economy, as well as career options and educational programs in this sector. One of the programs highlighted by Mr. Castillo was the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program, offered through the DSNGTL/CITD, which has helped students successfully compete for jobs in the industry. Ms. Rosas then discussed work-based learning opportunities in Global Trade & Logistics including in-class Work Readiness and Guest Speaker Presentations, Industry Tours, and Internships. The session also featured a presentation by Karla Camberos, Bi-national Logistics and Trade Compliance Manager for The Visualpak Companies, who talked about the types of skills and education needed to be successful in pursuing a career in the Global Trade & Logistics sector.

The event, which was attended by more than 350 counselors and educators, provided a great opportunity to network and learn how to better guide and prepare their students for fast growing careers in the region.

CITD Hosts Delegation of Senior Officials from Africa

The San Diego CITD hosted a meeting with a delegation of senior officials and professionals from various countries in Africa, which are members of the African Free Trade Zone trading blocs. The delegation which included representatives from Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are interested in learning about the San Diego region’s border economy, trade environment, and economic development. The meeting was arranged through the San Diego Diplomacy Council, which organizes professional, educational, and cultural exchanges for incoming delegations for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

During the meeting, San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, presented on the trade and manufacturing activity that happens in the Southern California/Baja California region, and how the CITD assists small and medium-sized businesses in California to grow internationally. After the presentation, several members of the delegation asked questions related to how their countries could attract investment and develop trade relationships similar to that of our region.

The group will be visiting other economic development organizations, business associations, and local businesses in San Diego during the remainder of their stay.

High School Students Learn About Global Trade and Logistics Careers Through Work-based Learning Activities

As part of the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) and the CTE Regional Pathways work-based learning fall activities, Industry Connections Coordinator (ICC) for Global Trade and Logistics, Monica Rosas, participated in the Grossmont High School 2017 Ethics in Business Conference which is organized by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Union High School District Career Technical Education Department.

The program is designed to train the next generation of to become principled leaders. Ms. Nicole Thren and Ms. LeAnne Ginn teach a total of six sections of English for Business. For each section, they had their students meet in groups with one facilitator (business partner).  They did a brief introduction and then the students took a silent quiz individually. After a set amount of time, the facilitator went over the quiz with the students discussing each question and each answer. After that portion of the event each table discussed a list of scenarios to which ICC Rosas provided real-life examples of what she experienced in her career.

In addition to participating in the Ethics in Business Conference, ICC Monica Rosas coordinated a classroom presentation for 17 seniors from San Diego High School – School of Science and Technology. A teacher at the school, Ms. Jackie Rivers, requested an industry guest speaker for her Civil Engineering class. Students at the School of Science and Technology go through a robust engineering pathway during their HS years. They start in 9th grade with Introduction to Green Technologies, followed by Introduction to Engineering and Design in 10th grade. In 11th grade they have Principles of Engineering and lastly, during their senior year, they have Digital Electronics and Civil Engineering and Architecture. Students at the school are not only interested in various engineering fields, but also expressed interest in learning about Global Trade & Logistics (GTL).

Ms. Rosas arranged for two guest speakers from a local manufacturer to cover both GTL and Advanced Manufacturing. Ms. Karla Camberos, Bi-national Logistics and Trade Compliance Manager, and Mr. Rod Karim, Technical Director, for the Visual Pak Companies were both enthusiastic about presenting for the students and even came up with an interactive activity where they raffled two prizes to catch students’ interest. Mr. Karim’s talk centered around why he became interested in engineering and an explanation of his day-to-day activities at The Visual Pak Companies. Ms. Karla Camberos also explained her academic background and how she became engaged with Logistics and Trade Compliance. Both the teacher, Ms. Rivers, and students were happy with the visit and asked thoughtful questions to speakers. Ms. Rivers invited the guests to come back for the spring semester and ICC Rosas will be coordinating that activity.

The DSNGTL, CTE Regional Pathways, and the San Diego CITD are grateful to our industry partners for their time and cooperation with promoting careers in advanced manufacturing and Global Trade & Logistics.

CITD Takes Southern California Suppliers on a Tour of Baja California Manufacturers

The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Economic Development for the State of Baja California (SEDECO) and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), led a tour of several manufacturing facilities for small businesses in the Southern California region interested in business opportunities in Baja California’s growing manufacturing sector. More than 20 participants—which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals—boarded a bus provided by Temarry Recycling and participated in the tour that began with a visit to the Hisense manufacturing plant in Rosarito, Baja California.  Hisense is a China-based manufacturer of electronics and appliances, including televisions, refrigerators, portable air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, among other products. The company’s Rosarito plant manufacturers high definition televisions for the North American market. During the tour of the facilities—which included the opportunity to see a portion of the company’s automated manufacturing processes in action—Hisense Mexico’s VP, Marco Esponda, provided participants with an overview of the company and its current need for regional suppliers for a variety of components and services.

Once the tour of the Hisense plant concluded, the group departed to Hotel Calafia—a landmark hotel in Rosarito situated on the ocean’s edge—to enjoy a lunch buffet hosted by SEDECO and the Economic Development and Tourism Department of the City of Playas de Rosarito (DETUR). During the lunch, Conrado Acevedo, Director of DETUR welcomed the group on behalf of the City’s Mayor, Mirna Cecilia Rincón, and talked about the City’s initiatives to spur investment and grow the local economy. Additional speakers at the lunch included José López Castellanos, SEDECO’s Undersecretary for Investment Promotion, San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, Andres Campos, Director of the Economic Development Commission of Ensenada, Irlanda Gil, Business Development Specialist for the Tijuana EDC, and Gilberto Macías, Northwest Regional Director for ProMéxico.

After lunch, the tour continued on to Tecate, Baja California with a visit to Temarry Recycling, an industrial waste recycling plant. Temarry is the only company serving the Western U.S. authorized by the EPA to export hazardous waste for recycling to Mexico. Teresa Ruiz, legal representative for Temarry, guided the group on tour of the facility which through its recycling processes recovers reusable solvents from industrial waste and can completely eliminate hazardous waste using a thermal treatment system.

The tour concluded with a visit to Formula Plastics, a plastic injection molding company that does work for customers in the consumer, medical device, automotive, telecommunications, and technology sectors among others. Some of these customers include Bosch, Sanyo, Philips, and Panasonic. Sales Director for Formula Plastics, José Mora Cornejo, discussed the company’s high-precision molding capabilities and provided the group with a glimpse of their manufacturing operations which include 55 molding machines, a Class 8 clean room, a state-of-the-art metrology lab, IQMS quality and production management system, and a private freight and trucking delivery service.

The San Diego CITD coordinates these activities as part of its Supplier Export Program, which helps small and medium-sized businesses increase their sales through international trade by matching them with the manufacturers that are looking to source services, components, raw materials, and other commodities regionally. Several of the companies that participated in the tour identified potential business opportunities with the manufacturers that were visited and expressed an interest in participating in future industrial tours and trade missions.

Students Participate in Networking Event with Supply Chain Management Professionals

The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL) participated in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable‘s  Supply Chain Student-Executive Speed Networking event hosted at National University. The CITD/DSNGTL was part of the organizing committee for the event, which in addition to CSCMP San Diego/Baja Rountable representatives,  included faculty and administrators from other educational institutions with Supply Chain Management programs including National University, CSU San Marcos, and USD. The event was geared toward students and young professionals interested in careers in the supply chain management field. Prior to the start of the event, the CITD’s Program Specialist and CSCMP SCPro Fundamentals Certification Program Coordinator, Desiree Dolores, presented on the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain certifications and Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Program.

Among the more than fifty students in attendance from the participating educational institutions, three Southwestern College students were sponsored by the San Diego CITD/DSNGTL. During the event, students were broken up into small groups and were able to have rotating 10 minute meetings with Supply Chain Management Professionals from companies which included: DJO Global, Stone Brewing, Bumble Bee, Grupo Logistics, and Quest Nutrition.

The event provided a great opportunity for students to network and ask employers specific questions about careers in supply chain management and what it takes to be successful in the field.

CITD and DSN for Global Trade and Logistics Participate in Manufacturing Week Events

The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL) participated in a series of events leading up to Manufacturing Day, a national celebration of modern manufacturing. Manufacturing Day is an annual event, celebrated nationally during the first week of October and includes tours of manufacturing plants, presentations to students, and competitions, among other activities. On October 4th, the San Diego CITD and DSNGTL participated in San Diego City College’s Manufacturing Day Educational Resource Fair, which featured representatives from local manufacturers as well as 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, the San Diego CITD and DSNGTL promoted its supply chain management certification program and educational programs in these areas available at regional community colleges.

On October 5th, the San Diego CITD and DSNGTL, in collaboration with Southwestern College and the South County EDC, coordinated a presentation and demonstration by Action Drone for the college’s students. Action Drone is a Chula Vista based manufacturer of drones for commercial use. The presentation, which included a demonstration of one of Action Drone’s indoor drones, was geared toward college students interested in STEM fields and took place at Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus.

Additionally, the San Diego CITD and DSNGTL helped to coordinate a tour of Neyenesch Printers, Inc., a San Diego commercial printer and CITD client. The week’s events culminated in a Manufacturing Day breakfast event, hosted by the San Diego Regional EDC, which featured a panel discussion on the manufacturing industry with representatives from local manufacturers.

Southwestern College Foundation Grant Helps Students Earn Industry-Recognized Certifications in Supply Chain Management

Earlier this year, the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and DSN for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) was awarded a grant from the Southwestern College Foundation to respond to the educational and training needs of Southwestern College students interested in careers in global trade, logistics, and supply chain management. The funding provided a cohort of students with the opportunity to access one of eight certification tracks of the SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification Program, offered through the Center for Supply Chain Education at Broward College, and coordinated locally by the CITD/DSNGTL. Students covered under the grant were provided access to the “Supply Chain Management Principles” online course and given the opportunity to take the exam on September 12th to earn a certification for that track. Six students successfully passed the exam and earned an industry-recognized certificate, which prepares them for entry to mid-level career opportunities in the field. The SCPro™ Fundamentals program and certifications are backed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a leading global association dedicated to the advancement of supply chain management professionals. Two of those students, Aranzazu Galvan Santana and Nylza Lujan (pictured above), are also completing internships with the CITD.

Without funding from the Southwestern College Foundation grant, students would have had to pay over $200 for the certification track and exam. The CITD/DSGTL is seeking additional funding opportunities that would allow these students, and others throughout the San Diego region, to access additional certification tracks at no cost to them. Students who pass the exams for all eight certification tracks in the program earn a special SCPro™ Fundamentals Comprehensive Certificate.



CITD Participates in South Bay Union Elementary School District Connect to Business Event

The South County EDC, in collaboration with the South Bay Union Elementary School District, organized an event for teachers to learn about important industry sectors in the region and how they can prepare students for future opportunities in these sectors. The event featured a panel discussion with representatives from Samsung, Action Drone, BAE Systems, Scripps, and Southwestern College’s Crown Cove Aquatic Center, representing key industries including: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, maritime, healthcare, and tourism. The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics participated in the event with a table to promote career and education opportunities in global trade, logistics, and supply chain management, as well as Career Technical Education programs at the community colleges related to the industry sectors represented at the event.

More than 100 teachers participated in the event, held in preparation of San Diego Manufacturing Week—which runs Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6.—and focused on opportunities in the industry; conveying changes occurring or projected to occur; sharing what skills, education and employee traits, characteristics, attitudes are necessary; and what teachers can do to prepare their students for the future.

California STEP Offering Opportunity for California Small Businesses to Sell Their Products Directly to Chinese Consumers

California STEP, in collaboration with JD.Com, is offering a unique opportunity for small California-based consumer products companies to sell directly to Chinese consumers. JD.Com—which is China’s largest retailer and the 3rd largest internet company in the world by revenue—and the California STEP program are working to identify, screen, and support California small businesses to gain a foothold in the world’s largest e-retail market.

California companies that meet the small business eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to submit their products for PRIORITY consideration by JD.Com through the California STEP registration. The California STEP program will pay for the first product listing (a $1,000 registration fee) for the companies selected. California STEP will also provide ongoing support for selected companies through an e-retail dedicated blog and helpline. Companies selected will become a part of the JD U.S. Select Store incubator program which will include an online store at JD.Com with access to over 236 million active users in China, free marketing resources on JD’s platform, daily maintenance of your online store and transactions, as well as integrated export consignment shipping and customs service.

Product categories which are being recruited for the JD.Com include:

  • Health and beauty (cosmetics, hair care, nail care, skin care), vitamins and other health supplements
  • Healthy food products (non-perishable)
  • Pet products
  • Baby products
  • Other “California Lifestyle” products – this is a broader category that includes products that have an association with California (including but not limited to fashion, household goods, sporting goods, surf, entertainment, environmentally conscious, etc.)

For additional information about this opportunity and to apply, click here.