Library hosts webinar on cover letters
The Escondido Public Library hosts a free virtual cover letter writing workshop for teens and adults from 6-6:45 p.m. Nov. 18 with Erin Royer Shetter of Spring Career Services. Get detailed explanations and step-by-step processes to create an effective cover letter. A short Q&A period will follow the webinar. Register at https://bit.ly/3k4RWhk.
Goodwill holds LBD event
All Goodwill retail stores will hold LBD (Little Black Dress) events starting at 10 a.m. Friday in advance of the holiday season. The Escondido store at 315 W. Washington Ave. will be the primary location, with the largest selection of LBDs, shoes and accessories. Goodwill’s annual Little Black Dress event provides a wide assortment of black dresses from well-known labels such as White House Black Market, Guess, Diane Furstenberg, and others, priced from $5 to $30. Each store will also feature a selection of shoes and jewelry to accessorize the dresses. Visit sdgoodwill.org.
Arc of San Diego earns accreditation
The nonprofit Arc of San Diego, which serves people with disabilities, recently earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, valid through May 31, 2024. The review evaluated the agency’s Community Employment Services: Job Development, Employment Supports, and Organizational Employment Services. Among the areas commended by the commission are The Arc of San Diego’s use of technology, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit, which has a training center in San Marcos among other sites, reacted quickly and set up essential remote supports for clients. It also provided necessary training and education in using the remote supports. The staff was also cited for its dedication, respect and professionalism. Visit https://www.arc-sd.com.
Company recognizes two partners
Miami-based Monat Gratitude, the philanthropic arm of Monat Global, recently recognized Kereen-Hapuc Rodriguez of Fallbrook and Connie Sanchez of Escondido as 2021-22 Gratitude Ambassadors for giving back to their communities. Monat Global partners sell hair care, skin care and wellness products through social marketing. Rodriguez and her family have created gift baskets for health care workers, provided snacks to local law enforcement and collected toys to bring to hospitals during Christmas. Through her personal business, KR Desighns, Rodriguez sponsored 90 families in Mexico to provide food during the pandemic. Sanchez volunteers with several local organizations, including a local women’s rescue center and a recovery program for victims of sexual abuse or trafficking. Gratitude Ambassadors encourage other partners to give back to the community. Visit monatgratitude.com.
Software apprentice program available
The San Diego Workforce Partnership and Creating Coding Careers offer a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program aimed at removing financial barriers to careers in software engineering. Creating Coding Careers is designed to address skill shortages in tech industries. By offering access through a Workforce Partnership Income Share Agreement, the program provides career-advancing skills and education to workers who struggle to pay education costs up front. Apprenticeship participants will sign an $8,000 income share agreement to cover the cost of training and will start repaying the fund after they secure a job that pays more than $50,000 a year. After completing the 12-week apprenticeship program, graduates will receive a $2,100 stipend before joining Creating Coding Careers’ paid 12-month apprenticeship. Apprentices are paid $18 an hour as they learn coding skills by working on real projects. Learn more at https://workforce.org/codingcareers; register at cccareers.org/apply.
Tickets on sale for December luncheon
Tickets are available now for the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s third annual Excellence in North County Economic Development Awards, to be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Seabird Resort in Oceanside. Awards will be presented to spotlight excellence in North County’s economic development. Awards will be given to new businesses that opened or relocated to North County, existing businesses that have made significant expansions, new development and investments, and policies and activities that make the region more economically competitive. Table sponsors at the $5,000-and-up levels will receive free lodging at the Seabird Resort. Get tickets at https://bit.ly/2ZPrWzN.
Sprouts awards grants to area nonprofits
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation recently granted $3 million to 115 nonprofits focused on improving school garden learning and nutrition education. Since its start in 2015, the foundation has granted $15 million to more than 300 nonprofits that have brought garden-based learning to 1.5 million children and provided nutrition education to roughly 900,000 K-12 students. Sprouts Farmers Market covers all the foundation’s operational expenses, meaning that every dollar raised goes directly to programming. Area partners include Coastal Roots Farms, Solutions for Change, Teri Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and Sage Garden Project. Find a full list of the foundation’s 2021 grant recipients at https://about.sprouts.com/sprouts-foundation/grants.
Resident named to Mission Fed board
Malliga Tholandi, an experienced educator and administrator, has been named to the volunteer board of directors of Mission Fed Credit Union. A Rancho Bernardo resident, Tholandi spent the last six years as a member of the credit union’s supervisory vommittee, including two years as chair. Before retiring in June 2016, she worked for more than 30 years in school business, including five years as associate superintendent of business for the Poway Unified School District, where she was also the district’s chief financial officer.. Tholandi also served in four other school districts and at the San Diego County Office of Education as the head of the financial accounting department. She is a member of the School Business Executives of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Business expo takes place Wednesday
The Vista Chamber Business Expo & Hiring Fair takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Civic Center. Learn about Vista’s businesses, network and explore job opportunities, and get a chance to win prizes, such as a Nintendo Switch, a pair of Apple Airpods and an Amazon Alexa. Registered guests free, otherwise $5 at the door. Register at bit.ly/3aUmFZB. Call (760) 726-1122.
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