Where will I be working?

We start and end our day in Southeast San Diego at the Educational Cultural Complex located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd.

What are the minimum requirements for joining the San Diego Back 2 Work Program?

In order to be considered eligible for our program you must:

  1. Have prior US Military service

  2. Be connected with a provider (case manager, EDD, etc.)

  3. Attend an information session and job interview

  4. Be able to pass a drug screen (including THC)

  5. Attend safety training

How long is the program?

The Back 2 Work program is a three to six month program. The idea of the program is to help launch you into full-time, career-level employment by helping you obtain experience and supporting you on your journey of self-improvement.

Who is the employer?

Five Keys Schools and Programs. employs the workers. We are the sub-contractor for the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) and do the daily work for Caltrans on BCOE's behalf.

How much do you pay?

The current hourly wage is $15 per hour.

How many hours per week can I work?

Participants many work up to 32 hours per week. Some work less, but never more.

What are the work hours?

We begin at 6:45 AM and work until 3:15 PM, Monday-Friday, except weekends and state holidays.

Where will I be working?

Your day will start and end at the Education Cultural Complex located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd in Southeastern San Diego. During the day, the various crews will work at locations assigned by their respective Caltrans yards.

What about boots and other personal protective equipment?

You are responsible for the purchase of work boots, but there are agencies that may be able to help you, such as an HVRP. You can find out more about that at the information session. We will provide you with a hard hat, protective eye glasses, gloves, and a reflective vest.

I have a less-than-honorable discharge. Can I still join the program?

Yes! We do not take character of discharge into consideration. You only need to have prior military service. Our decision to hire is based solely on meeting the minimum requirements and the outcome of your interview.

I have felonies on my record. Can I still join?

Absolutely! Your future is our main concern. We believe everyone deserves a second chance. As long as you meet the minimum requirements and have a good interview, you are eligible to work for us.

I want to join the program, but I don't think I can pass a drug screen right now. What should I do?

You are welcome to attend an upcoming information session and even interview that day. If you do not think you will pass the drug screen, we can give you the information on where to go for the screen once you are certain you will test negative.