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WestCal Career Pathways

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by WestCal Academy

WestCal Academy identifies student success in three ways: identifying a career pathway; completing high school, college, and/or vocational training; and securing employment in their field of major. WestCal Academy promotes "Career Pathways" and "Linked Learning" approaches that connects industry mentors with classroom instruction to motivate students towards a career pathway. WestCal Academy also assists with connecting students with potential mentors who work in their field of major.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • Antelope Valley
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics?

  • Percent of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years
  • Youth unemployment and underemployment
  • District-wide graduation rates
  • Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher ed

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.

Student success is primarily measured in terms of high school and college completion rates. There are elements that do not recognize student success as identifying a career field of major and securing employment in that field. Society is graduating students from high school and college who are unable to secure gainful employment. This serious issue especially pertains to academic college majors who graduate with degrees that do not correlate with the job(s) they are able to secure. Helping students identify their career pathway with the assistance of industry mentors helps guide the student to the appropriate academic and/or vocational program that helps them secure gainful employment. Students who identify their career pathway are more likely to complete their schooling/training and at a faster pace as they elect career relevant courses.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

WestCal Academy curriculum follows the platform standards of student success from the United States Department of Education, and the Office of the President for “Career Pathways” and “Linked Learning.” Our standard of success is measured in three ways: students identify their career pathway; students complete high school, college, and/or vocational training; and students secure employment in their field of major. WestCal Academy promotes “Career Pathways” and “Linked Learning” approaches that connects industry mentors with classroom instruction to motivate students towards a career pathway. WestCal Academy also assists with connecting students with potential mentors who work in their field of major. WestCal Academy curriculum measures student success with rubric evaluations of submissions and the curriculum follows Student Learning Outcome protocols and the organization maintains Institutional Learning Outcomes.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research