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San Marcos supplying region with future-ready workforce

When you were a child, what did you want to be? Whatever it was, it’s probably still a viable career. But that’s not necessarily true for children today.

Robots could replace nearly a third of the nation’s workforce by 2030, according to research by McKinsey Global Institute. And the World Economic Forum predicts 65 percent of elementary students will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet.

As North County’s education hub, San Marcos plays a major role in supplying the region with a workforce that’s ready to adapt to these changing tides.

“San Marcos serves the most higher education students all of northern San Diego County, making this community a crucial talent pipeline” explained Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “And that workforce will be ready for the future thanks to our educational leaders.”

Case in point: The San Marcos Promise (TSMP), which provides scholarships and resources to students in the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD), is sharpening its focus on 21st-century work skills.

“Tomorrow’s workforce will need higher cognitive skills, such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration,” explained Lisa Stout, TSMP Programs Coordinator. That jives with McKinsey research that predicts demand for those skills will grow 19 percent through 2030.

“The path to modern success won’t look the same for everyone, nor should it,” Stout added. “Many future professions won’t call for a traditional four-year degree.”

Palomar College tracks job trends, and as a result, has added future-focused programs in drone technology and cybersecurity.

“Advanced manufacturing is another big opportunity on the horizon, but these aren’t the factory jobs of the past,” said Nichol Roe, Palomar College’s Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Extended Studies. “They are highly technical, and involve 3D printing, automation and software solutions.”

“As technology advances, learning new skills on the job will be imperative,” added Jill Litschewski, Director of the Office of Internships and Service Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). “However, it will be equally important for students to also improvise solutions.”

CSUSM’s Senior Experience Program lets students do that by collaborating with business owners to tackle real-world projects. Often the work has a 21st-century focus. For example, some students recently helped test drone technology that could change how we fight wildfires.

“Programs like this underscore how much we need our businesses to be a part of workforce development,” Sangster said. “The City is committed to supporting these efforts because when we all invest in workforce development, it benefits our community’s overall economic health.

To learn more about the City’s economic development division, or about how you can help local students,  contact Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

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Saturday, Sept. 29TH 2018 3rd Annual San Marcos Double Peak Challenge running event

Do you have what it takes to ‘Reach the Peak?’

Experience the pinnacle of North County racing by conquering the area’s highest vista on Sept. 29 at the Double Peak Challenge

SAN MARCOS, CA – More than 700 people are expected to lace-up on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the third annual San Marcos Double Peak Challenge, a running event featuring a 10k, 5k and kids trail trot courses that wind through some of San Marcos’ most picturesque locations.

North County’s most challenging race will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event, and free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.

“Double Peak Challenge is a running event like no other in our area,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The event is a celebration of outdoor recreation where participants get to experience unparalleled beauty atop some of North County’s highest and most scenic points. Both the 10K and 5K courses offer a challenge—a proud accomplishment for every racer.”

With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.

Runners participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 1,200-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County.

While the 10K race will be a tough, timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and the kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

The event concludes with an expo and beer garden that will be located on the lower softball fields at San Elijo Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age (identification required) will receive a complimentary beverage. Additional drinks can be purchased for $5 each.

Race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation, which supports events, programs, parks and facilities for the community, and The San Marcos Promise, a scholarship and career guidance program for students in the local school district.

“The funding generated from this collaborative event plays an integral role in perpetuating critical programs that allow students in our community to pursue a rewarding career and set a course for a prosperous future,” said Herbie Smith, Board Member of the San Marcos Promise.

The City’s Parks and Recreation Director Buck Martin echoed Smith noting that Double Peak Challenge is a fun, healthy and helpful way to support the community. Martin emphasized that “an added incentive is the beautiful, well-earned view from the top of Double Peak that simply cannot be beat.”

Register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am. The race website also provides information about corporate sponsorships that are available along with additional race-day details.

Double Peak Challenge this Saturday

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On Saturday, Oct. 1, the City of San Marcos will welcome its first signature 10K event—the Double Peak Challenge. Featuring a 10K timed race, a 2K untimed event and a free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, all participants must register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am.

“Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The race is a celebration of outdoor recreation where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty atop of North County’s highest point.”

With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.

Off-road racers participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 2,000-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County, San Diego.

While the 10K race will be a tough timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 2K untimed course at 8 am and a free kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 2K participants will receive a custom commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

An event expo and beer garden will be located in the lower softball fields at San Elijo Hills Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age with proof of ID will receive a complimentary beer in the beer garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each.

All race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

“Participation in the Double Peak Challenge supports two great causes integral to the city of San Marcos,” said The San Marcos Promise Executive Director Herbie Smith.  “Your commitment to #ReachthePeak promotes health and economic prosperity for our entire region through investment in local parks and higher education.”

The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Other event sponsors include the City of San Marcos, San Marcos Unified School District, San Elijo Hills, Lusardi Construction Company, Rancho Tesoro, Stone Brewing Company, and Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona and Peak, LLP.

To register for a race or to volunteer during the event, visit www.doublepeakchallenge.com. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.