College and Career Readiness

A Path to Cleantech Careers

Cleantech San Diego is participating in the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium, a program in partnership with Junior Achievement, United Way, and San Diego Workforce Partnership to increase opportunities for students to prepare for college and a career. As a partner of the Consortium, Cleantech San Diego helps generate learning opportunities within San Diego’s regional cleantech sector for students in grades 8-14. Cleantech San Diego is seeking help from the business, civic, and nonprofit communities, on behalf of the school districts in San Diego County, to provide students with real-world experiences through work-based learning experiences. 

Upcoming Opportunities:

School is back in full swing and there are many opportunities for local companies, universities, and an agencies to support high school and community college students. With support from Junior Achievement and San Diego Workforce Partnership, all of the guesswork is removed on how to structure a guest speakership, company tour, or internship. Greatest needs are in engineering, transportation, and building trades. If you are interested, please contact


  • Equip future workforce with 21st Century skills
  • Develop a more robust talent pipeline
  • Access a diverse and innovative workforce
  • Branding opportunities, increased name recognition, and positive press
  • Economic development that boosts business prospects

Work-Based Learning Opportunities:

Work-based learning is defined as a learning experience where students have a direct interaction with employers and workforce professionals providing students the opportunity to become more aware of careers, explore those careers of interest, and prepare for those careers.

Guest Speaker: 15-60 minute commitment
Present at a school site and direct questions from students about college and career opportunities and expectations.


Job Shadow: 4-5 hour commitment
Students and teachers shadow industry staff at their place of business.


Reverse Job Shadow: 3-6 hour commitment (in one or multiple sessions)
Groups of professionals bring their work to school campuses.

Company Tour:  1-4 hour commitment
Students walk through industry facilities touring the daily processes of the business. Students may also participate in an employer panel to debrief from the tour.


Internship: 30 hour commitment
Give well-prepared students an opportunity to experience the world of work as an employee. Interns learn new skills while they earn wages and/or academic credit.


To learn more or to get involved, contact Melissa Fischel at 858-775-9451 or