Connecting Learning and Earning: Strategies for Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities


California Competes partnered with Los Angeles County community colleges and government partners to refine and foster a culture of career readiness as a collaborative responsibility and identify promising regional practices that integrate career readiness across students’ postsecondary experiences. Out of this collaborative effort emerged a shared objective among partners to establish, prioritize, and expand paid work-based learning opportunities for students. This panel discussion between higher education and workforce development partners from this work explored the importance of paid work experience for students, the strategies and challenges involved in setting up these opportunities, and the actionable steps to leverage industry partnerships and county resources for maximum impact. 

Webinar Panelists:

  • Jose Anaya, Dean of Community Advancement, El Camino College
  • Tiffany Miller, Dean of Apprenticeship and Workforce Development, West Los Angeles College
  • Caroline Torosis, Senior Deputy for Economic and Workforce Development, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • Keith Curry, President, Compton College; CEO, Compton Community College District (Moderator) 
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