Job Readiness Training serves as the centerpiece of Second Chance’s adult programs, having helped thousands of San Diego residents find work and build pathways to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Each Job Readiness Training cohort offers a healthy mixture of activities with an emphasis on individual accountability. Participants engage in 120 hours of intensive instruction, during which they break down personal barriers to employment, obtain new job skills, develop résumés, and practice interviewing techniques.

While classroom exercises mainly occur in a group setting to nurture teamwork and interpersonal skills, Adult Workforce staff meet one-on-one with each participant throughout the three weeks to map out potential career pathways, provide résumé critiques, or offer moral support.

Second Chance uses the STRIVE job readiness training model; this curriculum is a highly effective attitudinal training for rebuilding lives by successfully connecting people to gainful employment. 

Since 2003, Second Chance has placed more than 4,000 graduates (and counting) into employment. 

Graduates are also provided with wraparound services including case management, professional clothing for interviews, access to a computer lab, and connections to community resources. The Job Readiness Training program can be the difference between moving up the ladder and a downward spiral.


During your three-week training, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., you will build your self confidence and acquire critical skills needed to gain and retain employment, such as time and resource management, a professional attitude and teamwork.

 Build a work ethic to be successful in employment and in life
 Personal job placement assistance
 Two years of follow-up services
 Case management
 Financial literacy
 Access to computer lab
 Access to professional clothing
 Support services available Did you know? Seventy-seven percent of participants find employment within 180 days of graduation! 


How much does the training cost?
The program is offered at no cost to participants.

Is it only for individuals that have criminal backgrounds?
No. The program is open to anyone who needs assistance.

What is the age limit?

Do I need a high school diploma or GED?

Do you offer evening classes?
No. Currently, our classes run Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

What kinds of jobs do graduates of the program get?
We work with over 400 employers in the San Diego area.  After graduation, our Business Services team will match your experience and expertise with potential employers and connect you with employment opportunities.  Our graduates have been placed with over 1,750 local employers.

Do I have to attend the entire program?  What if I get a job?
Although we encourage individuals to complete the three week course, in the event you get a job prior to graduation, go to work. Our goal is for you to become self-sufficient. 

What kind of training do you offer?
We provide "soft skills" and attitudinal training, which means that we provide all the preparation needed to go on a successful interview and land the job! Our training works to change negative behaviors and empower individuals to not only get a job, but keep the job and develop a career.

Are your classes offered in Spanish or any other language?
The classes are currently only offered in English.

What is the length of the program?
Three weeks totaling 120 hours.

When does the next cycle start?
Please call 619-234-8888 for future orientation dates.


The Second Chance Job Readiness Training program is supported in part by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.