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Education & Workforce Development

The success of the future lies in the youth of today. The Chamber is a leading advocate for education reform and provides programs to help businesses connect to schools, expand college access and develop the workforce for the 21st century.


The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has embarked on its most important decision – the search for and selection of a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ray Cortines has announced that he will be leaving during this school year after completing his third stint at the helm. During each of these voyages, he has demonstrated determined leadership to unify the board and steer the district ship forward. 

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has researched and shared with School Board Members a report titled "Best Practices in Superintendent Search and Selection in Large Urban School Districts" (May 21, 2015).

Readers can download this report and read the appendices here


The Chamber is the business community’s link to L.A. public schools through Pillar – a partnership of the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Pillar builds and supports partnerships between businesses and schools to drive student success and create long-lasting ties between corporations, schools and students. Read more...


Job Shadow

The Chamber matches businesses and high schools in job shadowing intended to help students understand the importance of academics in reaching college and career goals.  Businesses commit groups of employees for students to shadow as they go through a normal day on the job. Read more...

Principal for a Day and Executive for a Day

Connecting more than 1,000 business executives and public school principals for a day of hands-on exchange, this program helps foster an understanding about the opportunities and challenges of leading a public school and builds relationships between local businesses and schools. Read more...

Small Learning Communities

The Chamber supports the development of small schools and small learning communities (SLC) in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  The Chamber's SLC Coalition provides technical assistance and strategic planning that is helping to transform nearly 50 high schools into smaller, more effective learning environments for students across the district.

Pillar Spotlight

Nominate an outstanding business-education partnership for the Pillar Partnership Spotlight. Learn more...

L.A. Regional Stem Hub

Join the Chamber in an effort to create the L.A. region's first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Hub. The L.A. Regional STEM Hub will connect the region's leading STEM professionals with educators in an effort to provide students with access to a high-quality STEM education and fulfilling careers. Learn more...



The Chamber aggressively promotes college access through financial aid awareness. As a leading sponsor of the statewide Cash for College campaign, the Chamber enlists the business community to support its annual College and Career Convention and Cash for College Day which provide thousands of L.A. students and their families with the information and resources they need to complete the financial aid forms necessary for CalGrants. Read more...


As a trustee of our region, the Chamber has embarked on a focused and robust effort to ensure a future workforce capable of meeting the needs of the 21st century and maintaining a prosperous economy and high quality of life in our region. The Chamber provides programs placing employment-ready youth in private sector internship and employment opportunities in our region. These programs help businesses gain access to qualified candidates and provide young adults with training and jobs skills to advance their education and career.

If your company is interested in internships for young adults, please click here to submit your information. 

HIRE LA’s Youth

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the Chamber convenes businesses that are committed to hiring local youth through the HIRE L.A.’s Youth program. Participating businesses pledge a specific number of jobs and receive exposure through the HIRE L.A.’s Youth initiative. Read more…
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L.A. Youth at Work Job Skills Workshops

Serving as a clearinghouse of employment opportunities for youth, the Chamber hosts free workshops for youth to learn interviewing techniques, resume writing, workplace ethics and job retention. Businesses provide volunteer trainers and gain access to job ready candidates for open internship and paid employment positions. Read more…


Work Readiness Certification

The Chamber helps streamline the hiring process though it’s Work Readiness Certification – a key component of the City of L.A.’s HIRE LA’s Youth initiative. Successful completion provides youth with a portable credential certifying that they possess the basic skills necessary to obtain and retain employment. Employers gain access to a qualified pool of youth candidates for open positions and receive exposure through the HIRE LA’s Youth initiative. Read more…