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LACCD Awarded $15 Million Grant From California Career Pathways Trust

LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was awarded a $15 million grant from the California Career Pathways Trust. This grant was a portion of $244 million awarded by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to 40 programs that blend academic and career technical education, connect employers with schools, and train students for jobs in high-demand fields such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health care and software development.

“The business community is a strong advocate for the community college system because our businesses depend on a workforce that has education and skills beyond high school,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the L.A. Area Chamber. “We are proud to be a partner in this grant and applaud the District's ongoing efforts to generate more financial resources for new skill development.

In addition to having supported the grant application, the Chamber will also help with its implementation by providing: business leadership to help define goals and strategies; outreach and coordination of business and employer companies; assistance of the Chamber’s robust Business Education Partnership team to advance this work; staffing resources to assist with direct facilitation of business-education partnerships; professional training and development opportunities; and 100-150 work-based learning opportunities per year. In addition, the Chamber will work with targeted companies to identify needs; identify member companies to host field trips and provide job shadowing, internship and employment opportunities; assist and engage employer partners with curriculum development; and help align current educational programming across systems.

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