January 2013  
In This Issue
Profiles in EXCEL-lence
UCSF Mission Bay Hospital Update


Profile in EXCEL-lence 

Tatiana Tatiana Torres, a resident of  the Bernal Heights neighborhood, was an intern with the spring 2012 cycle of the UCSF  EXCEL program.  After completing her  joint four-month internship with the Office of Diversity and Outreach and the University Community Partnerships office, Tatiana was extended in a temporary assignment through January 2013.  By partnering with JVS, UCSF's EXCEL program provides San Francisco residents an opportunity to participate in an innovative clerical skills training and internship experience in order to prepare them for today's competitive job market.  Since 2010, 53 San Francisco residents have graduated from the program and gone on to enter UCSF's Interim Staffing program or obtained career positions with UCSF and the UCSF Medical Center.


What were you doing before you got involved with the EXCEL program and how did you hear about it?   

I'd been laid off after working in various roles for a non-profit for seven years.  I'd been doing odd jobs but had no promising leads for a career opportunity and was beginning to feel defeated when a family member heard about the EXCEL program and forwarded me the application.  It seemed like a great opportunity, although I was unsure of my chances to be selected for the program. Needless to say, I made it into the EXCEL program and the rest is history.


How would you describe your experience working with the Office of Diversity and Outreach and the University Community Partnerships office?

The work was hectic at times, but I enjoyed every moment of it.  I feel extremely blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work with the staff of both programs and the assistance and advice they provided throughout my time here.


What are your career goals now that you've completed the EXCEL program?

I'm continuing to focus on career opportunities at UCSF, but I'm keeping my eyes open for any opportunity that will allow me to best utilize the skills and experience that I've gained over the past eight months.  I'm excited about what the future holds and now I'll be able to take on any challenges that come my way.


What advice would you give to someone that is interested in entering the EXCEL program?  

Be prepared to listen and utilize the constructive feedback you receive throughout the course of the program and beyond.   The staff at UCSF and JVS are all there to help you reach your goals.  Be open to all of the challenges that you encounter.  You never know what you will learn from them or give as advice to someone else!


For more information about the EXCEL program, please contact Damon Lew, assistant director, UCSF Community Relations, at dlew@cgr.ucsf.edu.



Medical Center at Mission Bay Continues to Hire San Francisco Residents
Mick Penn (2nd from left) and Gracie Chavez (2nd from right) from Mission Hiring Hall/SOMEC with San Francisco resident workers at the Mission Bay All Hands Luncheon 

The latest certified payroll numbers show that during the months of August and September 2012, 23 percent (August) and 20 percent (September) of the total construction hours on the construction of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay have been completed by San Francisco residents. From January through September 2012, the latest available numbers reflect 23 percent of the total work hours at the medical center have been performed by San Francisco residents.  


Separately, the UCSF Medical Center Parking Garage project at Mission Bay, which was completed in the summer of 2012 achieved a rate of 27 percent of the total project construction hours having been performed by San Francisco residents.    


These statistics reflect ongoing efforts toward a goal the University set of averaging at least 25 percent of the total work hours to be performed by local residents during calendar year 2012.


Community members interested in applying for UCSF construction employment opportunities should contact UCSF's partner, Mission Hiring Hall, at (415) 865-2105. A Submission of Ready, Able and Qualified Local Craftsperson form can also be downloaded on the  UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay website and submitted to mpenn@missionhiringhall.org.