Partnerships With Industry provides employment opportunities in the community. Each opportunity is slightly different and requires various skills and levels of independence. PWI wants to help maximize each client’s potential.

PWI’s goal is to help our clients grow and develop the skills necessary to pursue meaningful and person-centered experiences and more challenging and independent positions.

Tailored Day Services offers community-based opportunities. PWI assists clients in creating individualized programs that match unique needs with an emphasis on engagement in the community.

Individual Tailored Day Services include:

Employment and Volunteer Placement

  • Vocational assessments
  • Career exploration
  • Resume development
  • Interview preparation
  • Job placement
  • Volunteering

Maximizing Self-Direction

PWI will help clients make decisions about services and set specific, quantifiable goals that result in meaningful and measurable outcomes.

Post-Secondary Education

Adult education, vocational certificates/licenses, GED, and accredited courses with an educational plan.

  • Exploration, selection and enrollment programs
  • Participating in campus life
  • Assistance with coursework

Leading an Integrated and Inclusive Life

  • Explore opportunities within the community for sociability
  • Find and join clubs/teams/groups that share common interests
  • Health, Wellness and Personal Safety Training

In Group Services (GS), clients work in a team of 3 to 4 under the continuous supervision, training, and support of an Employment Training Specialist. GS employment opportunities include food services, production support, laundry services, gardening, litter reduction, hotel stewarding, and janitorial services.

Individual Placement (IP) provides clients maximum independence, working alongside co-workers without disabilities. An IP client is hired directly by a local San Diego County business and earns competitive wages and benefits. When a client starts a new position, they will receive support and training from a PWI Employment Training Specialist 100% of their working hours. As the client becomes more comfortable and independent, this support will gradually decrease to 20% of their working hours. Some current IP positions are at San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Home Depot, Legoland, Vons, Target, Marriott, Hyatt, Brigantine Portside Pier, and AMC Theaters.

Direct Placement provides job seekers with the tools and support structure needed to conduct a successful job search. The job seeker and PWI Job Developer work together to fine tune job-seeking skills, identify job leads, negotiate needed accommodations, and develop the support to ensure long-term job retention.

Get Started Here

All Partnerships With Industry services are provided free of charge.

PWI’s services are available to individuals who:

  • Open a case with the San Diego Regional Center, or qualify for services with the CA Department of Rehabilitation
  • Do not present a danger of injury to yourself/themselves, others, or property
  • Care for personal issues independently (i.e., medications, use of restroom, etc.)
  • Adhere to PWI’s policies and procedures and are willing to follow program guidelines, attendance, and punctuality
  • Arrange and maintain reliable transportation independent of PWI

The next step:

Contact your local San Diego Regional Center Office or Department of Rehabilitation Office.

  • San Diego Regional Center – for the office nearest you, visit their website at The San Diego Regional Center Service Coordinator must refer individuals.
  • Department of Rehabilitation – for the office nearest you, visit their website at

Once a referral is made, phone or email PWI to schedule an appointment. Following the initial meeting, an intake appointment is scheduled where an assessment of the individual occurs. PWI will start making a plan to help find the program participant meaningful employment and reach their employment goal.