L.A. Summit Brings Together State Leaders to Advance Digital Equity
On Aug. 5, the Los Angeles Digital Equity Action League (LA DEAL) held a summit to advance L.A. County's broadband plans, and identify opportunities to build new relationships across local agencies and between local agencies and state agencies focused on closing the digital divide. The event took place, in partnership with L.A. Unified School District, L.A. County Office of Education (LACOE), L.A. County Internal Services Department and L.A. City Bureau of Street Lights at Christopher Dena Elementary School in Boyle Heights.Read more
A New K-16 Collaborative Creates Pathways for L.A. Area Students into High Demand Fields
In late 2021, UNITE-LA and systems leaders from across L.A. County began to prepare for a state grant opportunity that would launch regional K-16 collaboratives across the state. Various leaders and representatives from the County's five CSUs, 21 community colleges, 80 school districts, UCLA, and employers worked collaboratively with UNITE-LA to design a regional collaborative that prioritizes postsecondary access, degree attainment, and career opportunities for historically marginalized students in health care and computing and engineering. In July, the state awarded $18.13 million to the L.A. collaborative to conduct this work over four years.Read more
L.A. Compact Charting Progress Dashboard Reports Declining Community College Enrollment
The L.A. Compact Charting Progress Dashboard has revealed the impact of the pandemic on student enrollment in the L.A. Community College District. The data speak to a larger trend of both declining enrollment rates in community colleges and declining transfer rates into the CSU system since 2019. Many CSUs and CCC's are working towards developing solutions for the long-term effects of the pandemic.Read more
Transfer Success Initiative at CSU Dominguez Hills
Compact partner California State University, Dominguez Hills, with UNITE-LA support, is leading the way in transforming the transfer culture on campus and among feeder community colleges in the area. With funding from L.A.'s Postsecondary Funders Collaborative, CSUDH is developing a transfer hub to support students and providing emergency funding to ensure matriculation.Read more
[email protected] Program Redesign
This month, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) shared with all [email protected] providers that they have approved an increase in the fiscal amount (slot allocation cost) dedicated per youth who participate in the workforce program from $2,650 to $3,873 for FY 2022-2023. This decision ensures more funding allocated for youth wages, supportive services, case management costs and more.Read more
LAUSD Receives California Community Schools Planning and Implementation Grant of $44 Million
For a second year in a row, L.A. Unified was awarded a $44 million grant from the state’s Community Schools Partnership Program to sustain and expand the district’s Community Schools Initiative for another five years. Expanding the Community School model has been a key priority of the L.A. Compact since 2018. A program of the California Department of Education, the Community Schools Partnership has provided funding to more than 70 local education agencies across the state since 2021 to support schools’ efforts to partner with community agencies and local government to align community resources to improve student outcomes.
UCLA Recognizes Distinguished Alumni
Compact signing institution UCLA has produced hundreds of thousands of alumni who have become Nobel laureates; leaders of state, business, and education; community change-makers; and, of course, UNITE-LA staff. Each year, UCLA honors a select few of these alumni who go above and beyond to serve our community. This year, UCLA awarded two L.A. Compact signers, Dr. Debra Duardo and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, for their careers supporting L.A. County residents.Read more
Welcome, Raylene Paris!
We are excited to have Raylene Paris join the L.A. Compact team as our L.A. Compact Coordinator. As the newest addition to the Systems team, Raylene will support the Community Schools Initiative and assist in shaping and advancing a communications strategy for the L.A. Compact.Read more
Welcome, Edgar Castillo!
We are excited to have Edgar Castillo join the L.A. Compact team as our new Senior Manager of Workforce Development and Policy. Previously, Edgar led UNITE-LA's efforts to support chambers across the nation in advancing a shared cradle-to-career agenda to improve education and workforce outcomes. He now will lead the L.A. Workforce Systems Collaborative and support the Opportunity Youth Collaborative.Read more
LAUSD Superintendent Carvalho’s 100-Day Plan
In late February, Superintendent Carvalho released his 100-day plan, which outlines how the district will expand high-quality academic opportunities and address the persistent opportunity gaps affecting Black and Latinx students. The plan is centered around four key tasks - learn, assess, communicate and act - that will lay the foundation for LAUSD's 2022-26 strategic plan.Read more