Overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline, on the top floor of the Central Library, the KRA San Diego Career Centers—operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—hosted its 4th Annual JOB-I-CON Hiring Fair in September 2019.
An SDWP/Career Center On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Program partner, Makello, understood just how daily solar progression, heat gain, glare, and backlighting, created by floor-to-ceiling windows, can affect trade-show success. Therefore, they chose a location closest to the Fair entrance to attract career-hopefuls before the heat-buildup became uncomfortable.
To fill a Research Assistant OJT-position, Makello interviewed eight candidates, selecting Linda Boisvert, who, when offered the opportunity expressed some reservations about the match between a solar-energy company and her own GIS Mapping career-advancement goals.
Believing that Linda’s experience and expertise in GIS and Computer Aided Design could actually enhance Makello capabilities to create new revenue streams, they modified the position to include GIS-mapping, thereby investing in Linda’s stated career objectives as well as their own prospective business-expansion.
When Linda completed her OJT-contract hours in July, Makello offered her a permanent position, the intended result of the OJT Program, which she readily accepted. Her GIS-mapping accomplishments shine in Makello Service Areas; in blog articles, such as Black Lives and the San Diego Redline; and in demographic- and incentives-maps, such as the Energy Upgrade LIFELINE program.
Recent Makello OJT accomplishments include hiring an Application Developer; recruiting candidates for an iOS Software Engineer position; and re-training a current employee, whose solar-installation position was impacted negatively by COVID, as a Research Assistant, which also constitutes a promotion for the worker.
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