The work of the Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning and its members is making a difference in the advancement of Linked Learning in the Greater Los Angeles region. Here are just a few of the accomplishments by the organization in 2016:
- Created New Pathways: More than 80 Linked Learning pathways now exist across six districts, which represents a 10-percent increase in 2016-2017 from the prior year.
- Strengthened Leadership: The College-Ready Action Network co-hosted its first Community College Presidents’ Summit with Pasadena City College. The Los Angeles Community College District co‑sponsored the event with The James Irvine Foundation. Nearly 20 leaders from ten community colleges attended in addition to California State University, Los Angeles. Six superintendents or assistant superintendents attended from our member districts. Participants heard about an inspiring partnership between Pasadena City College and Pasadena Unified, and were able to discuss moving forward together as members of the Coalition.
- Developed Relationships: As word spread of the Coalition, its purpose, and its aim, the organization doubled in size to nearly 200 individual stakeholders from more than 60 member organizations.
- Highlighted Student Success: The Coalition celebrated its member districts with United Way’s Fourth Annual Linked Learning Student Showcase. Seven teams, representing an array of industry sectors across four K-12 districts, were judged by executives from Paramount, SoCalGas, Sony, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Students from Pasadena High School’s Creative Arts, Media and Design pathway wowed both the crowd and the judges.
- Formed Mission-Specific Task Forces: The Coalition implemented two Action Networks, Partnerships to increase employer engagement and College-Ready to increase postsecondary engagement in Linked Learning.