NAFTA Becomes USMCA Seminar

NAFTA Becomes USMCA Seminar

CASAS International Brokerage, with the support of the San Diego CITD, hosted a seminar for its customers on how they can prepare for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will include adjustments to certain provisions of the previous trade agreement between the three countries, NAFTA.
The seminar was held at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa on November 13th, and featured guest speaker, Lic. Daniella Martinez. Lic. Martinez is considered one of the most relevant business consultants in foreign trade and customs in Mexico, and is the co-founder of Trade & Law College, as well as Managing Partner of TLC Asociados, a Tijuana-based law firm specializing in foreign trade and customs matters.
BlueTech Week 2018

BlueTech Week 2018

The 10th annual #BlueTechWeek, organized and hosted by The Maritime Alliance, brought together hundreds of participants from industry, government, and academia to highlight innovation in ocean and water-related technologies and industries. International leaders in industry and academia presented the current state and future for responsible sustainable development in the maritime industry. Participants also learned about international maritime clusters and the San Diego maritime technology community.
Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour

California Small Businesses Connect with Baja California Manufacturers During Industrial Tour

The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Baja California Secretary of Economic Development (SEDECO) and Ensenada Economic Development Corporation, led a tour of several manufacturing facilities for small businesses in the Southern California region. More than 20 participants—which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals—boarded a bus provided by SEDECO and participated in the Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour in Ensenada, Baja California. Companies participating in the event were recruited with the help of San Diego CITD partner, CMTC—a non-profit provider of manufacturing consulting services to California small and medium-sized manufacturers.

The tour began with a visit to the NAVICO/Lowrance Electronics of Mexico manufacturing plant in Ensenada.  NAVICO is Norwegian manufacturer of marine electronics and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with operations in 14 countries. As part of the tour of NAVICO’s facilities, participants were given an overview of the company and its current need for regional suppliers for a variety of components and services.

Once the tour of the NAVICO plant concluded, the group departed to Restaurante Madre—a recently opened restaurant in Ensenada by chef Miguel Bahena, who trained under well-known Baja chefs Benito Molina and Drew Deckman—to enjoy a lunch hosted by SEDECO. After lunch, the tour continued on to visit SUNPOWER/Sunpower Corporation Mexico, a leading manufacturer of solar panels for residential and commercial use. SunPower’s Ensenada plant, established in 2016 currently has 200 employees with plans to expand to 400. They also have a plant in the City of Mexicali with approximately 2,200 employees. The last stop on the tour was to Consolidated Precision Products (CPP). Founded in 1991, CPP has 19 facilities across the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and specializes in high-precision, geometrically complex aerospace components and sub-assemblies.

At each stop on the tour, participants had an opportunity to connect with plant managers and buyers to discuss supplier opportunities. The growth in manufacturing across the border has created a $13 billion supplier market within the Baja California manufacturing industry. The Baja Supplier Day Industrial tour was an activity of the San Diego CITD’s Border Export Program. Through tours like this and other activities, the CITD is creating opportunities for Southern California companies to become part of the supply chain in Baja California’s growing manufacturing sector.

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Launch First Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

The first cohort of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) was officially launched on October 15th with the start of the Principles of Importing and Exporting course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course is part of the apprenticeship program’s Related Supplemental Instruction, which is meant to enhance the on-the-job training (OJT) the apprentices receive through their employers.
This first cohort of SCLAP includes 8 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in the evenings. Through the OJT, apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation, which has different titles in the industry including Cargo Agent, Documentation Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International Brokerage and Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa.
The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT) and the San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through a grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. The DSNGT and CITD collaborated with local employers in logistics and international trade to develop the program standards, which were approved by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit
CSCMP San Diego/Baja Roundtable Student-Executive Speed Networking Event

Speed Networking Event Helps Students Learn About Careers in Supply Chain Management

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable, in collaboration with local colleges and universities, organized the fourth installment of its innovative Student-Executive Speed Networking event. The event, which took place on October 24th at National University’s Spectrum Business Park Campus, is tailored specifically for students interested in careers in the supply chain management field and provides them with an opportunity to network with supply chain executives from leading companies in the San Diego region. Schools collaborating on this event included National University, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University – San Marcos, and Community Colleges in the region, represented by the DSN for Global Trade (DSNGT), Victor Castillo.
The event was kicked off with a welcome by CSCMP San Diego/Baja Roundtable chapter president, Michelle Schrock, and Timothy Pettit, Associate Professor and Academic Program Director for National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Management and MBA Specialization in Supply Chain Management. Executives in various supply chain management positions and industries who were invited to host tables then introduced themselves and their companies before the speed networking began.  During the event, 44 students from local colleges and universities, rotated through tables every 10 minutes and had the opportunity to hear from the executives, who provided an overview of their work experience, discussed career advice, and talked about growth opportunities in the industry. Executives hosting tables included: Kathie Calvin and Mike Marshall with ViaSat, Allen Vigil with Grupo Logisitcs, Nicole Allison with Raymond Handling Solutions, Rick Fritz with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Andy Torres with Southwest Motorcyles, Mike Famer – Financial Inventory Analyst, Ilene Tong with Tocagen, inc., and Michelle Schrock with WD-40.
DSNGT and CITD Director, Victor Castillo, also had an opportunity to speak to the students about the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program offered through the DSNGT/CITD. The SCPro Fundamentals program, backed by CSCMP, offers industry-recognized certifications in eight different tracks including Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, and Supply Management and Procurement. Each track offers a certification, however, a comprehensive certification is awarded if all eight are earned. For additional information on the SCPro Fundamentals program, go to
North County Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Global Trade

Local Educators Gain Insight On Career Opportunities For Their Students at Professional Development Event

Palomar College, in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT), Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing (DSNAM), and the CTE Regional Pathways Program, organized a professional development event for local educators interested in better understanding Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade in the region, and learning about career opportunities for their students in these growing industry sectors. Participants included more than 25 educators from high schools and community colleges in North San Diego County, as well as administrators, counselors, and workforce development professionals from Palomar College, Southwestern College, San Diego City College, and Grossmont College.

Careers in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade Round Robin with Manufacturing EngineersThe event, which was held at Palomar College’s Rancho Bernardo Education Center, began with a welcome by Margie Fritch, Dean of Career Technical and Extended Education at Palomar College. Following Dean Fritch’s introduction, DSNGT, Victor Castillo, and DSNAM, Ed Smith, provided an overview of their sectors before introducing CTE Regional Pathways Program Industry Connections Coordinator, Monica Rosas, who talked about work-based learning opportunities that educators can incorporate into their classroom teaching. The meeting then transitioned to a round robin activity with manufacturing engineers from local companies who gave brief introductions, before rotating through the tables of educators to talk about typical job duties, industry certifications that are desired, education needed, skills employers look for, and why they love their career, among other topics related to careers in their field. The round robin engineers represented the following companies: Solar Turbines, NV5, General Atomics, Johnson Matthey , and Cohu/Delta Design.

Johnson Matthey Facilities TourAfter the round robin activity and networking lunch, a group of the participants departed for a tour of Johnson Matthey, a British manufacturer of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with facilities in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to the tour of its facilities, representatives from the company provided participants an overview of the company, its products and services, and the types of jobs they hire for locally.

Additional resources shared with participants throughout the day included: an overview of regional manufacturing and global trade labor market information, regional website with curriculum for global trade, events and work based learning activities, opportunities for high schools integrating careers across job sectors and regional event offerings for teachers and students.

Central San Diego Educational & Resource Fair

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Participate in Educational and Resource Expo for High School Students

San Diego City College hosted its Annual Central San Diego Educational and Resource Expo on October 3rd as a lead-up activity for Manufacturing Day, which is celebrated nationally during the first week of October. Typical activities around the Manufacturing Day celebration include tours of manufacturing plants, presentations to students, and competitions, among other activities.

San Diego City College’s Educational and Resource Expo featured exhibits and panel discussions with representatives from local manufacturers and resource partners. The purpose of the event was to provide high school and community college students with information on the career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, as well as the educational programs available to help prepare them for these careers. With manufacturing closely linked to global trade, logistics, and supply chain management, staff from the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and San Diego CITD participated in the event and promoted the industry-recognized SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program as well as other educational and training programs available at regional community colleges.

This year, Manufacturing Day will be celebrated on Friday, October 5th.

San Diego Apprenticeship Fair

DSN for Global Trade/CITD Promote New Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program at Apprenticeship Career Fair

The Department of Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Department of Industrial RelationsDivision of Apprenticeship Standards, held its first ever San Diego Apprenticeship Career Fair on August 24th, 2018 at the State of California offices in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. The event was open to the public and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the various apprenticeship programs available in the region, including new programs in non-traditional apprenticeship fields that have been developed as part of the California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative grant program of the  California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Over 200 people attended and more than 17 apprenticeship programs exhibited at the event, including the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT)/San Diego CITD’s Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP), which trains apprentices for the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation. The SCLAP combines paid on-the-job training with classroom lessons. Apprentices in the program take courses from Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Program while working full-time. Additionally, apprentices will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications in supply chain management through the DSNGT/San Diego CITD’s SCPro Fundamentals certification program, which is backed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Attendees at the event also had the opportunity to explore job vacancies, speak to local college and training providers, meet employers who take on apprentices, and get advice on completing applications.

Collage of pictures from the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC

CITD Organizes California Pavilion at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC in Baja California

The San Diego CITD organized a California Pavilion of small and medium-sized manufacturers and service providers at the 4th Industrial Meeting DIMBC, which took place on August 22nd, 2018 in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The event, which is organized by the Directorio de la Industria Maquiladora de Baja California (DIMBC), connects Baja manufacturers with suppliers from Mexico and the United States. More than 2,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors participated in the event, which also included Business-to-Business Meetings, an Academic Program, Forum on upcoming industrial trends, an industrial expo, and tours of manufacturing facilities.
The California Pavilion at the expo included six Southern California companies recruited by the San Diego CITD to promote their products and services to the manufacturing sector in Baja California. The companies included: California Power Generation (CalPower)OpticalLockTPx CommunicationsTrim-Lock, and Import Export Logistics. The companies recruited for the event received free booth space and assistance with participating in the event, thanks to a grant provided to the San Diego CITD through the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
(Photo: Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles; Photo provided by the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration)

CITD Promotes California STEP at North San Diego County Logistics for Exporting Workshop

The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) organized a Logistics for Exporting workshop in North San Diego County, hosted by the North San Diego SBDC on August 8th. The workshop covered topics related to the selection and management of logistics services. Representatives from two local logistics companies, Allen Vigil, Director of International Business Development for Grupo Logistics, and Brenda Rensfield, Station Manager for SAE WorldTrans Logistics, presented on cross-border supply chain management and how to select a third-party logistics company. Connie LeFevre, Senior Maritime Trade Account Manager for the Port of San Diego and Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles, discussed services available through the ports to help businesses export.
Participants in the workshop also learned about technical assistance and resources available to help small businesses grow. Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer with the San Diego District Office of the SBA, provided an overview of the SBA’s programs and services, and Sudershan Shaunak, Director of the North San Diego SBDC discussed the technical assistance available at no or low-cost to small businesses through the SBDC. San Diego CITD Director and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade, Victor Castillo, also participated in the workshop and presented on how the San Diego CITD can help businesses export and the benefits of the California STEP program.