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L.A. Consortium Aims to Make Pathways for High-Tech Jobs

The LA-HITECH initiative will focus on preparing high school and community college students within three career pathways: design, visual and media arts; information support and service; and software systems and development.

by News Staff / September 10, 2014

California Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson was on hand Monday at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as officials unveiled a new regional consortium to develop K-14 educational pathways that lead to high-tech careers.

The program, called the “Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs” (LA HI-TECH) Regional Consortium will focus on preparing 3,600 high school and community college students within three career pathways: design, visual and media arts; information support and service; and software systems and development. Eight community colleges and 16 high schools currently are involved.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Torlakson said the consortium will use a $15 Million California Career Pathway Trust grant to fund the initiative.

The initiative will involve companies such as Amazon Web Services and HBO West Coast Productions, as well as the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Innovate Pasadena.

Students at Monday’s launch event demonstrated technology that made a 3-D virtual model of Torlakson.

This story was originally publisshed by TechWire, a sister publication to Government Technology that covers IT in California state and local government.

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