At LLA, students gain real-world work experience through internships and jobs with our various Bay Area employer partners. For instance, through a partnership with the Northern California Carpenters Union, Life Learning Academy offers a construction pre-apprenticeship program. After graduation, students are eligible for trade union apprenticeships.
In the overall Workforce Development Program, students participate in a structured program that takes them from preparation and placement in an internship to experience in the workforce. In the preparation stage, cohorts attend job readiness classes and gain industry-specific technical skills under the guidance of LLA staff during onsite internships. From there, students progress to the placement stage, in which they select, contact, and interview for their first offsite internship, available through our many employer partners. Finally, students advance to the experience stage where they continue working in their offsite internships for at least 6 hours a week for two semesters. The pinnacle of LLA’s Workforce Development Program is helping students secure paid ongoing employment. Working students are supported with school schedules that can accommodate both graduating and working.
In addition to the yearly Workforce Development programming, LLA offers paid summer employment, often on campus. The program is open to all high-school age youth. They are well compensated as they learn exciting skills in fields like culinary, mural painting, and filmmaking.
Workforce development opportunities. If you or your company would like to offer an opportunity to see your business in action, host a career panel, or offer an internship or job for Life Learning Academy students, please contact Aubria Lamendola, Workforce Development Director, at .
Workforce Development at Life Learning Academy
LLA students gain real-world experience through internships and jobs at over 50 employer-partners in the Bay Area.
LLA instructors teach students bicycle mechanics, repair, entrepreneurship, and business principles through our onsite bike shop internship.
Through a partnership with the Northern California Carpenter's Union, Life Learning Academy offers a construction pre-apprenticeship program. After graduation, students are eligible for trade union apprenticeships.
Every student begins workforce training in LLA's Culinary Academy. They learn food safety, nutrition, and farm-to-table principles of self-reliance and sustainability. Most importantly, they learn what it feels like to serve their community.