SOCAL

Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning (SOCAL) drives economic empowerment by elevating student awareness of career and educational opportunities across multiple industries and provides a forum for students to take meaningful steps towards participation in the workforce of tomorrow.

SOCAL is a collaborative program between education and industry created by Tri-City Medical Center, the San Diego North Economic Development Council and Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista Chambers of Commerce. The vision is to give middle school, high school, post-secondary students and transitioning adults an opportunity to gain insights into career pathways, while allowing businesses and local organizations to participate in these students’ career exploration.

We have partnered with a wide array of interested stakeholders including school districts, CTE’s, colleges, universities, career training institutions, businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and community members to make this a reality. Through this collaboration we aim to provide one place to host resources available to our community. Happy exploring!

North County Facts at a Glance

home to

26

CITIES + UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES

over

1,200,000

RESIDENTS

constituting

37.5%

OF THE COUNTY’S POPULATION

1 in 5 households earn

$150,000

OR MORE ANNUALLY

more than

593,000

JOBS

new jobs:

3,200

IN LAST 12 MONTHS

resident education:

40%

BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER

North County inventors added

2,800

PATENTS IN 2016

Industries with Growing Employment

life science:

32%

EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
SINCE 2013

software:

18%

EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
SINCE 2013

manufacturing:

27%

EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
SINCE 2012