A regional collaborative of five school districts, including Long Beach, has partnered with local colleges and workforce boards to launch a Career Pledge, committing to help develop a qualified workforce for employers.
The Pledge was launched during a ceremony last week at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, where representatives from education, industry and government jointly signed a large Career Pledge banner.
The Pledge “is a groundbreaking commitment to increase the economic vitality of the region,” said Amy Smith, executive director of educational partnerships for the Advancing Linked Learning Innovation Network (aLLin). The network and LBUSD are authors of the pledge, and they sponsored the event, where agencies pledged to work together to increase industry-aligned educational opportunities for students.
Other participating school districts include ABC, Centinella Valley, Lynwood and Norwalk-La Mirada, five postsecondary institutions (Cerritos College, Cal State Long Beach, Compton College, El Camino College and Long Beach City College), and three workforce boards (Pacific Gateway, South Bay and Southeast Los Angeles County).