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What We Do

Workforce Development

Most Life Learning Academy graduates go on to postsecondary education, but every graduate must work. Our students need connections to job opportunities, soft skills to present themselves as attractive candidates, and the ability to successfully balance work and school. Our workforce program enhances students’ access to key employment sectors in the Bay Area, and gives them the tools they need to succeed in those jobs.

Students go through a structured program from preparing, to placement, to experience in the workforce. In the Prepare stage, cohorts attend job skills class while gaining industry-specific technical skills under the guidance of LLA staff during onsite internships. Students progress to Placement, in which they select, contact, and interview for their first offsite internship, available through one of our 50 employer-partners. They then advance to Experience: students are placed at offsite internships for at least 6 hours a week for two semesters. The pinnacle of LLA’s Workforce Development Program is paid employment with one of our partners, and LLA offers flexible school schedules for working students. LLA offers paid summer employment for 25 students.

Workforce Development at Life Learning Academy

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LLA students gain real-world experience through internships and jobs at over 50 employer-partners in the Bay Area.


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LLA instructor and alum Ricky teaches students bicycle mechanics, repair, entrepreneurship, and business principles through our onsite bike shop internship.

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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.


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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.