for Employer partners

The workforce of tomorrow needs employers willing to shape education today. Through Linked Learning, students are introduced to career possibilities in sectors that drive their region’s economy and make education relevant to their passions. Young people are inspired to graduate from high school with the coursework and skills they need to thrive in postsecondary education and the workforce.

Linked Learning connects the classroom with the workplace. Employers partnering in this approach:

  • Build a local, diverse pipeline of skilled talent
  • Ensure that school curricula are relevant to current and future marketplace needs
  • Help students build the professional networks that fuel access to career opportunities
  • Connect employees with young people in ways that bring new meaning to their workday
  • Gain visibility with students, families, and neighbors who may be future customers

Students Who Are Ready

Compared with peers, Linked Learning students report more of the skills, mindsets, and behaviors needed to thrive in 21st century work and life. They report setting and achieving goals, managing their time, persisting with difficult tasks, and seeking help when needed.

More Collaboration

Stronger Communication

Greater Information Literacy

“My internship was an opportunity for me to put into practice what I’ve been told to do… look confident, shake hands, [and also] attire, punctuality. I don’t feel I would have gotten [these things] had it not been for the law academy.”
Linked Learning student

skills fit to growth industries

Linked Learning students learn through career-themed pathways connected to industry sectors that drive economic growth. For example, pathways in California are aligned with the primary industry sectors identified by the state.


find pathways in your area

Access the database of Linked Learning pathways to view schools connecting young people to college and career success today.

spotlight: healthcare in oakland

The Oakland Health Pathways Partnership bring together Alameda Health System, the Alameda County Health Pathway Partnership, and Oakland Unified School District to provide young people with hands-on learning in healthcare settings.

Ways to Get Involved

Employers participate in Linked Learning by providing work-based learning experiences including:

  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Workplace simulations
  • Special projects
  • Mentoring
  • Attending student presentations on industry-specific content

Plus, Linked Learning employers serve student, community, and industry interests when they:

  • Collaborate with educators to shape programs of study aligned to local market needs
  • Participate in local workforce development and labor councils, advocating for high quality college and career preparation
  • Engage their professional networks to champion industry involvement with students