CLP Case Study: Opening Doors to the Tech Industry

June 28, 2018
“This validated the classes I’ve taken in the past 3 years and now I KNOW that I want to do this!” – Student

“Sometimes our students do not think they are good enough to apply for better 4-year colleges or apply to better companies. The very thoughtful feedback of the judges taught them otherwise.” – Teacher

Work-based learning is a key strategy for increasing student success, particularly for historically underserved student groups, but it can be hard for educators and employers to find each other and work together effectively. CLP’s new report, Opening Doors to the Tech Industry: The LA HI-TECH/Snap Inc. Case Study, tells the story of a partnership that is really making it work.

The partners–LA HI-TECH, a consortium of Los Angeles-area colleges and high schools, and Snap Inc., the parent company of the Snapchat social media app–are opening doors to the tech industry for a diversity of promising young people who are gearing up to become the tech workforce of the future. This is the story of a partnership that started as a field trip and evolved to include hack-a-thons, geofilter projects, and internships.

To download the brief, please click here.

LA HI-TECH is an eight college and 16 high school California Career Pathways Trust consortium. Together with intermediary Bixel Exchange and Career Ladders Project, LA HI-TECH partners LA Mission College, LA Pierce College, and John F. Kennedy High School worked with hundreds of Los Angeles students to provide real life tech experience with Snap, Inc.