L.A. Coalition for Linked Learning Proclaimed Winner of California Career Pathway Trust Grant

L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, and its affiliate UNITE-LA, among local leaders who partnered with L.A.U.S.D to put fort the regional application that yielded $15 million grant

May 30, 2014 2:00 pm

Los Angeles – Today, State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson proclaimed the Los Angeles Coalition for Linked Learning, a consortium led by the Los Angeles Unified School District, among the winners of the California Career Pathway Trust after a regional application was put for by local leaders which included the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and it’s affiliate UNITE-LA. Grant recipients were tasked with creating sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K–12 schools, and community colleges to better prepare students for the 21st century workplace.

The California Career Pathways Trust was spearheaded last year by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, which established a $250 million competitive grant program. State officials received 123 eligible applications containing about $709 million in requested grants. 

The consortium led by the Los Angeles Unified School District is targeting five high-skill, high-growth industry sectors ranging from Health Science and Medical Technology to Environmental Resources. Other education agencies included in this consortium are the Centinela Valley High School District and Da Vinci Science High School. Industry partners along with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce include Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Gold Star Foods, Southern California Gas Company, Tyson Foods, Time Warner Cable, and the Boeing Company.

“We would like to thank Superintendent Torlakson for rewarding the collective impact model prepared by regional leaders in Los Angeles,” said Gary Toebben, President of the L.A. Area Chamber. “Through the L.A. Compact, a diverse group of stakeholders have been dutifully working on establishing collaborative working groups that leverage resources to better this region and we are very grateful to have more resources to further this work.”

“We are fully committed to supporting the district’s implementation of a Kindergarten through community college career pathway program that leverages the Linked Learning approach to integrate academic and career-based education and training aligned to regional economic needs to strengthen and sustain LA’s local workforce development pipeline,” continued Toebben.

"This is an exciting moment for Los Angeles where a diverse coalition is working to ensure that our students are trained and ready for the workplace.  I want to thank our State leaders for their willingness to invest in this regional effort," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. 


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 www.lachamber.com.

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