LAUSD High School Students Gain Access to Multiple Pathways in Labor

WestCal Academy® and LiUNA 1309 recently joined forces with others in the labor movement to present over 450 Los Angeles Unified School District students with career opportunities in labor, energy and public service.

The purpose of the event was to show students alternate pathways to success outside of the traditional college route.

LiUNA! 1309 Business Manager Peter Santillan gave students insight on what a career in the building trades industry would look like, and students were able to sign up for laborer training programs on the spot.

Jazlyn Real, a student from HArts Academy, enjoyed learning more about different opportunities.

“Overall it was a very appealing event for myself and the students. WestCal Academy® was very charismatic throughout the presentation.” she said. “LiUNA! And California Resources Corporation were also very accessible, especially by allowing students to interact with everyone.”

The California Resources Corporation spoke about careers in the petroleum industry. Katherine Layus, one of the speakers at the event, attended something similar when she was younger.  “In high school, I was educated about careers in energy and it was great to give back to our community,” she said. “Having a career in the energy industry positively impacted my life by providing me with an upward path to the middle class, and I hope for the same for our local students. Thank you to WestCal Academy® for supporting our youth and future leaders!”

WestCal Academy® created the program Make Education Great Again® (MEGA®), a non-profit to help students identify the different career paths out there.

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