• College + Career 
  • Equity + 
  • Access + 
  • rigor + 
  • scale + 

Linked Learning sets the standard for excellence and equity in education.

Students work harder and dream bigger when their learning connects with them and connects them to the world. Linked Learning is a proven approach that engages youth, transforms systems, and advances equity.


A movement powered by the Linked Learning Alliance.

Keep Us Linked is a campaign for the college and career preparation that ALL California students deserve—and that our state needs to thrive. It’s powered by the Linked Learning Alliance.

We have a real opportunity to deepen and expand Linked Learning pathways across the state to ensure young people thrive during their decade of difference, a transformative period between the ages of 14 and 24 where identities, outlooks, and aspirations take shape.


Number of Linked Learning Pathways


Number of Schools with Linked Learning Pathways Nationwide


Number of Districts with Linked Learning Pathways Nationwide


Estimated Number of Students in Linked Learning Pathways Nationwide

A Linked Learning pathway integrates four key components: Rigorous academics, aligned to admissions requirements for state colleges and universities; Career technical education, delivering concrete knowledge and skills through a carefully structured sequence of courses; Work-based learning, providing students with exposure to real-world workplaces through job shadowing, apprenticeships, internships, and more; and Comprehensive support services, including counseling and supplemental instruction in reading, writing, and math to address the individual needs.

Pathways by Industry

Agriculture and Natural Resources

26 pathways

Arts Media and Entertainment

103 pathways

Building and Construction Trades

20 pathways

Business and Finance

33 pathways

Education, Child Development, and Family Services

26 pathways

Energy, Environment, and Utilities

10 pathways

Engineering and Architecture

45 pathways

Fashion and Interior Design

1 pathway

Health Science and Medical Technology

78 pathways

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

10 pathways

Information and Communication Technologies

28 pathways

Manufacturing and Product Development

10 pathways

Marketing, Sales, and Service

14 pathways

Public Services

40 pathways


5 pathways

Updated January 2022

Improved Student Outcomes

Linked Learning is expanding across the U.S. because it works. Rigorous independent evaluation shows Linked Learning students outperform their peers in a number of ways—and the results are amplified for students of color and English language learners.

The Linked Learning Difference:

Academic success

Increased equity

College and career readiness

Get to know the Linked Learning Alliance. We're the engine that drives the Linked Learning movement—a national coalition of educators, employers, and community organizations dedicated to success for all young people.

Our certification program sets the quality standard for Linked Learning in practice.

Linked Learning: The Dream Begins