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News Article

Explore new workforce tools for closing the soft skills gap in California

May 22, 2017

A new report from the California Economic Summit highlights a number of workforce tools that help to close the soft skills gap in California. These tools include digital badges for soft skills developed in partnership with New World of Work; Career Catalyst; and LaunchPath.

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Press Release

Mozilla Foundation recognizes 21st Century Skills Digital Badging Project as a 'promising practice'

February 10, 2017

A recent white paper released by the Mozilla Foundation has recognized the 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project as a promising example of bringing digital badges to scale.

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Mayor Steinberg wins state support for idea of paid internships for Sacramento high schoolers

December 16, 2016

During his swearing-in speech Tuesday, Steinberg said he intended to provide paid internships to at least 50 percent of juniors and seniors in city schools within four years. The internships would aim to give hands-on vocational training to kids who may not be immediately bound for college.

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News Article

Community College soft skills program scales to meet growing employer demand

December 8, 2016

To upgrade the "soft skills" of California students, a new training curriculum is now available to all 114 of the state's community colleges. The comprehensive program, called New World of Work (NWOW) has been officially endorsed by the California Community College Chancellor's Office after four years of development.

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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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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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Foundation for California Community Colleges
Nancy Pryor, 916.498.6702

Linked Learning Alliance
Hilary McLean, 916.248.4848