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WORKABILITY I San Marcos Unified School District

What is the WorkAbility 1 Program?

The mission of WorkAbility 1 (WA1) is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to competitive, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong learning and quality of life.

The WA1 program is funded and administered by the California Department of Education through the Special Education Department.

The WA1 program offers students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills. WA1 provides secondary students with an understanding of job seeking and job keeping skills.

WA1 was initiated in November 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities and continues to successfully conduct interagency coordination of services.

What does WorkAbility 1 provide for students receiving special education services?

  • comprehensive pre-employment skills training
  • employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work
  • independent living and post-secondary education or training
  • the opportunity for students to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills
  • introductions to employers in the business community who will give students with special needs a chance to prove themselves

For additional information regarding WorkAbility 1, please contact:

Program Coordinator: Karen Thompson

T: 760 290 2242
C: 760 566 4968
F: 760 736 8275
E: [email protected]

 

Episode 6 – San Marcos Farmers Market featuring Events Director Melanie Jamil

The San Marcos Chamber has recently opened the San Marcos Famers Market. Chamber Events Director Melanie Jamil and CEO Rick Rungaitis discuss hosting a Farmers Market during the pandemic and give an overview of vendors and highlights of the Market.

 

That’s something that’s really neat about our Farmers’ Market – we’re in a position now where we’re going to be able to keep bringing on new things.” – Melanie Jamil, San Marcos Chamber Events Director 

Melanie Jamil has been the San Marcos Chamber’s Events Director for the past five years. Included in her duties of overseeing all the Chamber’s special events is the San Marcos Farmers Market. The Market is in its second year and is newly located in North City across from CSUSM. Melanie joins Chamber CEO Rick Rungaitis to discuss how the Chamber is able to keep the Farmers Market safe for shoppers. In honor of National Farmers Market Week, this discussion highlights the vendors, small businesses, and upcoming special collaborations with local chefs from San Marcos restaurants.


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Come out to the Farmers Market every Tuesday from 3-7pm for a variety of fresh organic produce, flowers, delicious food offerings, and crafts!

Follow the San Marcos Farmers Market for weekly updates:

San Marcos Farmers Market on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SanMarcosFarmersMarketCA/

San Marcos Farmers Market on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sanmarcosfarmersmarket/


Resources mentioned:

The California Competes Tax Credits provides a great opportunity for business owners that are looking to grow their business. Find out how you can apply by visiting: https://business.ca.gov/california-competes-tax-credit/


Previously: You might also be interested in listening to our last episode featuring Sean Loofbourrow, Chief of Safety at North County Transit District

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Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Contact Rick for details about this opportunity at [email protected]

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San Marcos Chamber would like to assist you in these trying times by providing a Google Audit of your website.

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Saba SEO has been a great partner to San Marcos Chamber over the years. As a Google Premier and Yelp-Certified agency, they have helped us tremendously, including designing our website and assisting with digital marketing.

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Episode Summary

Sean Loofbourrow joined North County Transit District as the Chief of Safety in April 2016. He leads the Safety Division with specialists that provide inspection, audit, and oversight activities for all five modes of NCTD transit operations.

Episode Description

Today’s Guest: Sean Loofbourrow

Prior to NCTD, Sean served in the United States Navy for 20 years. Sean was designated a Naval Flight Officer and served aboard ships and in squadrons that deployed worldwide. His last tour was as the Safety Director onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), which conducted a 10-month deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.   He has a MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, he has undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and Johnson and Wales University.


Discussion Topics:

North County Transit District Website: https://GoNCTD.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoNCTD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoNCTD

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/GoNCTD/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoNCTD

The San Marcos Business and Community podcast by the San Marcos Chamber features interviews with business and community leaders that serve San Marcos.

Learn about the latest happenings in San Marcos, business tips to help your business grow and conversations about hot topics that shape the business community.

To listen to past episodes, visit this page.

Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Email Rick at [email protected].

To learn more about the latest happenings at the San Marcos Chamber, sign up for the email newsletter here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/64awz8m

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Interview with San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin

 

 

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Welcome to another episode of The San Marcos Business & Community Podcast (@smchamberca), where we sit down with local business and community leaders to discuss the latest happenings in San Marcos, business tips to help your business grow and conversations about hot topics that shape the business community.

This episode features special guest City Manager of San Marcos (@sanmarcoscity), Jack Griffin. Serving as city manager since June 2012, San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin has built a solid foundation in municipal management over the past 32 years and brings extensive experience to San Marcos in the areas of capital improvements, fiscal management and public services delivery.

Prior to joining the San Marcos team, Jack Griffin served as city manager of Sebastopol, California, which is located in Sonoma County’s wine country. He has also worked for the City of Chula Vista as the director of public works and director of general services and the Township of Moon, Pennsylvania as their assistant township manager and planning director. Griffin has held several other public positions during his tenure, including work in municipal transportation management, engineering and animal control.

Griffin has overseen more than $250 million in municipal construction projects during his career including the renovation of Chula Vista’s civic center, police headquarters, three new fire stations, three new recreation centers and 12 new parks.

Griffin has also undertaken several difficult budget adoptions as city manager during the recession, has extensive labor relations experience and strong organizational management skills.


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The San Marcos Business and Community podcast by the San Marcos Chamber features interviews with business and community leaders that serve San Marcos. Learn about the latest happenings in San Marcos, business tips to help your business grow and conversations about hot topics that shape the business community. To listen to any of the past episodes, visit this page.

Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Email Rick at [email protected].

To learn more about the latest happenings at the San Marcos Chamber, sign up for the email newsletter here.

Follow the San Marcos Chamber:

Twitter: twitter.com/SMChamberCA

Instagram: instagram.com/SanMarcosChamber

Facebook: facebook.com/sanmarcoschamber

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Has your school, restaurant, or business been closed up due to the recent stay-at-home orders?

Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

Water provided by the Vallecitos Water District continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards — but after water leaves Vallecitos’ distribution system and enters private service connections, the water quality can deteriorate if water becomes stagnant. Stagnant water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria.  Building owners and managers must actively manage and maintain plumbing systems to prevent bacteria growth. Bacteria can flourish in pipes, fixtures and associated equipment (like fountains, cooling towers and HVAC systems) that aren’t used for several days. Schools, for example, commonly flush pipes before kids and teachers return from breaks.

 

For more information, free resources are listed below:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to ensure the safety of building water systems and devices after a prolonged shutdown.  This “Guidance for Building Water Systems” from the Centers for Disease Control lists eight steps to take before your business or building reopens.

Vallecitos’ wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority, has also created a simple fact sheet for building owners and managers to help prepare inactive plumbing systems for building re-occupancy.

See also: CDC article on “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes”

Information in this article provided courtesy of Chamber member Vallecitos Water District.

Original article can be accessed here (04/28/2020 2:42 PM)