L.A. Unified has several career preparation programs where students can find supports that meet their abilities, interests and needs, no matter their background and experience.
1. Linked Learning
Various high schools and middle schools participate in Linked Learning. The Linked Learning program prepares students to graduate from high school and to succeed in a full range of options after graduation, including two- or four-year colleges, certification programs, apprenticeships, military service, or formal job training. The Linked Learning experience combines strong academics, demanding career technical education, real world experience and integrated student support systems. To learn more, visit the LAUSD Linked Learning Office website.
2. Career Technical Education
The Career Technical Education Unit in the Division of Instruction assists with California Partnership Academies, Career Technical Education, Secondary Perkins Funding, Work Experience and school-to-career experiences at numerous middle and high schools in all Local Districts. Popular CTE industry sectors include Arts, Media and Entertainment, Engineering and Architecture, Business and Finance, and Health Science and Medical Technology. To learn more, visit the CTE website. Visit the L.A. Unified CTE’s extensive online library website for course catalogs, forms, industry sector pathway descriptions, etc.
3. Division of Adult and Career Education
The LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) provides learning opportunities and employment training to adults and in-and out-of-school teens. DACE schools, career training centers, and the 11 Occupational Centers throughout the District help students reach their personal and professional goals by offering convenient access to high-quality instruction. Adults and students who have disengaged with full-time education can find a supportive network of dedicated professionals at LA Unified DACE website.
4. Soft Skills
Sometimes called “non-cognitive skills ” “interpersonal skills” or “people skills,” it is important that students develop soft skills to be successful in the workplace and in life. While postsecondary education and training will launch students into a rewarding career, soft skills are essential for perseverance and promotion. These skills are valuable to recruiters - applicants who are proficient in these skills are sought after because they make individuals more enjoyable to work with.
Visit the following websites to learn more about soft skills:
• Informative article in the Goodwill Industries Job and Career Support webpages.
• Goodwill Industries also has online career exploration and skills training webpages
• The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) website has several articles on soft skills for students of all ages.
5. College Access Network
The Division of Instruction invites counselors, teachers and staff to the College Access Network (CAN) trainings on a variety of college topics. The Collaborative of College Counselors, with the support of Local District College Counseling Coordinators, is excited to present 5 “college specific” full day trainings. Trainings are scheduled throughout the school year; participants may choose from Tuesday or Saturday dates and can attend as many trainings as they wish. For more information about College Access Network (CAN) Training, visit this webpage.
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