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News Article

California Grows an Educational Approach that Links Student Aspirations to Workforce Needs

June 6, 2016

California has been at the forefront of using technology platforms such as LaunchPath to make it easier for employers to develop or expand work-based learning opportunities for teens and young adults.

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News Article

Antioch Community Members Play Principle for a Day

February 16, 2016

Linked Learning academies participated in the Principle for a Day program to help community members connect with students and observe them learning real world skills.

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Press Release

High School Students Will Soon Have One-Stop Shop Career Pathways e-Portal

February 9, 2016

A new partnership between ConnectEd, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Linked Learning Alliance, will soon provide a centralized way to connect San Diego students to transformative hands-on work experiences.

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Press Release

Linked Learning Alliance and CalChamber team up with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's National Network to Reduce Youth Unemployment

January 11, 2016

The Linked Learning Alliance and the California Chamber of Commerce announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to expand opportunities for teenagers and young adults to get work experiences that can lead to college and career advancement.

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News Article

Local Educators Roll Out Website Matching Employers With Student Interns

December 22, 2015

LaunchPath is "a single destination for employers to be fully informed" on student internships, says Alex Taghavian, vice president for the Linked Learning Alliance, in an article from the Sacramento Business Journal highlighting LaunchPath.

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Press Release

GO-Biz and Linked Learning Alliance Announce Partnership to Expand High School Internships

December 21, 2015

The Innovation Hub Program within the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development announces a partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance to provide high school students with more opportunities to participate in industry-recognized internship programs.

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News Article

Prepare to Find Interships as a Community College Student

December 15, 2015

"Internships are critical ways to get a foothold into the world of work," Tim Aldinger, director of workforce development services for the Foundation for California Community Colleges, told U.S. News & World Report. Community College students can find internships complementing their field of study through LaunchPath.

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Blog Post

Aerojet Rocketdyne Opportunities

October 30, 2015

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that offers internships to high school and college students in the Sacramento region. Through Aerojet’s internship program, students have the opportunity to work on innovative aerospace and defense technology projects, build real-world professional and industry skills, and set themselves up for success in their future careers.

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Blog Post

LaunchPath Kicks off in Antioch, Oxnard

October 13, 2015

Last week LaunchPath kicked off in two new California regions: Antioch and Oxnard. These events continue to expand internships and other work-based learning opportunities for students throughout the state. 

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News Article

Pathway to Pipeline event connects high school academy students in Antioch with local employers

October 9, 2015

Thursday's Pathway to Pipeline event allowed high school students from the nine Linked Learning academies in Antioch to share what they're learning with local employers. In turn, it provided the opportunity for those employers to talk with students and offer them potential internships at their companies.

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Article

Pathway to Pipeline event supports internships in the Antioch region

September 22, 2015

The word is out about the upcoming Pathway to Pipeline event in Antioch! The event will feature key note speakers on the importance of businesses supporting career pathways and helping to build a strong talent pipeline for the future workforce, and will also kick off LaunchPath in the region. Read more in this article from the Contra Costa Times.

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Blog Post

LaunchPath Applauds National Effort to Close the Skills Gap

September 22, 2015
LaunchPath applauds President Barack Obama's national campaign aimed at expanding U.S. apprenticeships and opportunities for students and millenials to access education and certifications beyond high school.

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Blog Post

Partnering with NextEd to Develop Sacramento's Workforce

September 15, 2015
NextEd Interim CEO Brian Bedford discusses his organization's partnership with LaunchPath and why internships are a growing focus for his organization.

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Blog Post

Labor Day Message: Alex Taghavian of the Linked Learning Alliance

September 8, 2015
Alex Taghavian discusses the importance of strengthening our workforce through student internships. 

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News Article

Real life work experience program launches California students into careers

August 20, 2015
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently set a new record at its sprawling plant in Sacramento and it had nothing to do with production output or government contracts. The leader in aerospace and defense systems hired its very first high school intern. It didn't make headlines but it's a worthy footnote in California's efforts to close the job skills gap.

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Blog Post

Beyond Gold Stars – Digital badges have potential inside and outside the classroom

August 7, 2015
This week, the digital badging community is coming together to discuss and coordinate efforts at the upcoming Digital Badging Advisory Board meeting co-hosted by New World of Work. “Digital badging is viewed by many employers and educators as a valid way to measure skills,” explains Rajinder Gill, 21st Century Skills project director for New World of Work. “We are bringing together leaders from all sides of the spectrum: the community college system, our state government, and the business community.”

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Press Release

Experts from Education, Business Hold Digital Badging Meeting

July 20, 2015
Digital badging, a concept that has slowly gained traction with educators and professional growth experts since 2010, is going mainstream. Now, the practice of awarding students and employees recognition with a digital badge representing their accomplishments, interests or affiliations will be the subject of a high profile advisory group summit in Sacramento.

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News Article

Career Pathways Trust enables students to explore the universe

July 23, 2015
Eight high school students from Santa Ana USD are spending the summer as interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The internship program is an eight week program in Pasadena that was created this summer as part of California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT). The article also references other CCPT funded internship programs and the benefits students receive as a result of the opportunities.

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Press Release

California Workforce Investment Board Funding Will Expand LaunchPath's Network of Employers Committed to Internships

July 20, 2015
To strengthen the workforce and close the skills gap, the California Workforce Investment Board has awarded $100,000 to the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Linked Learning Alliance to help expand internship opportunities for students.

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Visit to Linked Learning Alliance and LaunchPath from JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy

July 17, 2015
JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy representatives Georgette Bathena, Western Region Executive Director, and Jill Blickstein, Head of Strategy for Corporate Responsibility, toured the Linked Learning Alliance headquarters in Sacramento this week and met with two Hiram Johnson Business Academy students who recently found internships through LaunchPath.

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News Article

COC, LAPD Launching New Automotive Tech Internship Program

July 10, 2015
College of the Canyons is partnering with Los Angeles Police Department to offer a new “Motor Transport Division: Student Internship” program. The program will serve automotive technology students who will intern with the LAPD Motor Transport division. Four COC students were selected to participate earlier this summer and it’s anticipated that more than 50 students in the department fulfilled the minimum requirements to apply for upcoming positions.

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News Article

Solano Community College awarded a grant for an automotive work-based learning program

June 28, 2015
Solano Community College was one of six community colleges awarded the California Community College Linked Learning Work-Based Learning Program Development grant from the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Solano Community College will work with regional high school and community college students to help them gain skills in the automotive industry. Community college students will have the opportunity to intern with large dealerships in the community.

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News Article

When It Comes to Getting a Job, Americans Believe Skills Trump College

June 18, 2015
“If young people can find their calling and pathway, their odds of being successful are so much greater than someone who does not know what they’re doing...I'm not sure that college is the best for everyone," says an article in The Atlantic that finds that in today's workplace, attributes like social intelligence and computer knowledge trump four-year degrees. 

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News Article

Offer more internships in Long Beach, Mayor Robert Garcia asks businesses

June 11, 2015
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia asks businesses to offer more internships in the city as he speaks to a crowd at the launching of the Long Beach Internship Challenge Thursday. The effort to double the number of internships offered in the city is a collaboration with the Long Beach Unified School Districts, Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach Collaborative to Advance Linked learning and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

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News Article

10 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Internship

June 8, 2015
These tips compiled from managers and top interns from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon are a great place to start for students looking to make the most of their summer internship experiences. 

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Press Release

Pathway to Pipeline Event Brings Together Regional Employers to Support Work-Based Learning

April 24, 2015
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is excited to be working closely with business leaders and educators committed to improving education and developing tomorrow's workforce.

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News Article

Charting a Smarter Path to College

December 2, 2014
"Employers need to get involved with Linked Learning. They'll be not only helping students, but helping themselves," says Bruce Maiman in his op-ed for the Sacramento Bee, who explains the short and long term benefits an employer receives by hosting internships with the Foundation and Linked Learning.

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Interview

Linked Learning and LaunchPath on Capital Public Radio's Insight

August 18, 2014
Linked Learning and LaunchPath were featured on Capital Public Radio's Insight on Monday, August 18, with a focus on how both programs are helping students find career-aligned internship opportunities.

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News Article

Summer internships matter

June 23, 2014
"The best idea I have heard in a while," says a Sonoma Index-Tribune editor about LaunchPath, citing a recent Wall Street Journal  study that showed internship experience trumped GPA or college major when it came to landing job interviews after graduation.

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News Article

New online database aims to get students into internships

May 30, 2014
A recent EdSource article highlighted LaunchPath's efforts to connect employers with qualified high school and college students, stating, "Students in linked learning programs get real-life work experience while they learn."

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Closing the jobs gap: JPMorgan New Skills at Work featured on KCRA

April 24, 2014
JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work Initiative was featured last Thursday at 6 p.m. on KCRA 3 Reports, with a focus on how this funding will create work-based learning opportunities in the Sacramento region through facilitating partnerships between schools and employers—which the LaunchPath program will support through its online matching tool.

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News Article

Grant will fund software to connect employers and student interns 

April 24, 2014
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a five-year, $1.2 million grant Thursday to fund development of software that connects high school and community-college students looking for internships with Sacramento-area employers willing to offer them.

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Press Release

LaunchPath program matches students, employers to close skills gap

April 24, 2014
The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance, officially unveiled the new LaunchPath program—an innovative approach to creating work-based learning experiences that impact students and employers in the Sacramento region. 

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News Article

Job skills program to receive $18 million boost

April 23, 2014
JPMorgan Chase will provide $18 million in grants over the next five years to nonprofit groups providing job training in California, with programs for high school and community college students among the first recipients, the financial firm announced this week.

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Press Release

Foundation and Linked Learning Alliance partner with JPMorgan to improve workforce readiness

October 29, 2013
The Foundation and the Linked Learning Alliance received a $1.2 million grant from JPMorgan that will fund a program to engage employers and assist high school and Community College students in securing paid internships. This new initiative will improve the workforce readiness of students and help them secure jobs in top fields such as engineering, health care, and law.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Foundation for California Community Colleges
Nancy Pryor, 916.498.6702

Linked Learning Alliance
Hilary McLean, 916.248.4848

JPMorgan Chase
Suzanne Ryan, 213.621.8642