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L.A. Area Chamber Applauds L.A.U.S.D on Being a $7 Million Recipient of President's Youth Career Connect Grant

The L.A. Area Chamber will be working with the school district to help provide work-based learning opportunities along with summer jobs and internships for local youth

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for being named one of 24 winners - beating out 275 applicants nationwide – to receive a $7 million Youth Career Connect Grant from the U.S Department of Labor and Department of Education. This funding will help LAUSD build out new career academies in six high schools that will focus on healthcare, biotechnology, and other technology-related industries. 

“The business community is thrilled at the progress our regional schools are making to strengthen our future workforce by integrating rigorous educational standards, like Linked Learning, with work experience and skills building to help make learning and instruction more relevant to the 21st century,” said David Rattray, senior vice president of education and workforce development for the L.A. Area Chamber.

The Chamber has also played an instrumental role in helping establish the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT), which ensures the development of robust partnerships to improve student transition into postsecondary education, training and employment. LAUSD has also applied for a $15 million grant through the CCPT to further the same work. “For the Chamber, the Career Pathways Trust and the Youth Career Connect Grant serve as an impetus to further connect with a broad coalition of partners to develop system-wide collaboratives that provide pathways for the business community to take an active role in shaping its future workforce,” continued Rattray.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit