Another great meeting on 1/19 team. Thanks again to Kellie and Tori for posting updates.
One additional comment that came up earlier was the possibility to connect or integrate the regional workforce development organizations into the model. These organizations are federally-funded, non-profits geared to creating a more-prepared workforce. Our local example is The San Diego Workforce Partnership (http://www.workforce.org/).
Much of the funding comes from the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workforce_Investment_Act_of_1998), which... “provides workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce investment systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.”
SDWP invests in "One Stop" Career Centers and I believe there are 4-5 around the San Diego County region. (Ex. http://www.metrocareercenters.org/)
Partnering with regional workforce development organizations may be able to provide career mentors (for pre-internship mentorship, soft skills training, etc.), and/or be an option for one of our "satellite" locations for education.
Another option is to have the workforce development organizations provide stipends to corporates and small businesses that are providing mentorship or internships for our students.