Examining the Workforce of the Future
To help prepare Los Angeles County youth for career and college pathways in global transportation, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), has joined with the County of Los Angeles to create a Transportation School. The curriculum will be developed to teach students transferrable industry skills focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
The school is the centerpiece of a larger Workforce Development Initiative that Metro has created to address the transportation industry's need for a skilled workforce. This educational and vocational program expands Metro's existing career pathway programs to include more high-school age youth, including those at risk from underserved communities. Eventually, Metro will expand the program across L.A. County.
Another component of the career pathway is the Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA) Program, which creates a workforce development and skills training program for transportation jobs by partnering with private-sector employers, community colleges, labor organizations, and others.