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JP Morgan Chase is committed to doing our part to spur economic growth across California and the US. A key part of that effort is training workers—both current employees and future prospective employees—with the skills they need to fill high-demand jobs.

-Andy Carney, Chase California Regional Manager

Through a new partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance, the Foundation is involved in a statewide initiative to improve workforce readiness through increasing the availability of work-based internship opportunities for California students, with an emphasis on high school students. Offering internships at the high school level gives students the chance to gain in-demand skills that align with their coursework, and assists them in planning for their futures—creating a bridge to higher education and success in the workforce.

JPMorgan Chase awarded a $1.2 million grant to support a pilot program that will engage employers statewide in the Linked Learning movement and help high school and Community College students secure paid internships in top fields such as engineering, health care, and law, so they can begin developing the skills necessary to be successful in today’s workplace. The pilot program will launch a series of industry-specific employer engagement convenings designed to educate and gain support from employers, creating new internship positions for students. It will also create a database connecting qualified high school students seeking internships with employers who are interested in hiring. The coalition will provide human resource support for hiring employers, such as payroll, health, and liability insurance, as well as training for students on basic workplace etiquette.

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In the news: New online database aims to get students into internships

May 30, 2014—A recent EdSource article highlighted LaunchPath's efforts to connect employers with qualified high school and college students, stating, "Students in linked learning programs get real-life work experience while they learn."
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Closing the jobs gap: JPMorgan New Skills at Work featured on KCRA

April 24, 2014—JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work Initiative was featured Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. on KCRA 3 Reports, with a focus on how this funding will create work-based learning opportunities in the Sacramento region through facilitating partnerships between schools and employers—which the LaunchPath program will support through its online matching tool.

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In the news: Grant will fund software to connect employers and student interns 

April 24, 2014—JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a five-year, $1.2 million grant Thursday, April 24, to fund development of software that connects high school and community-college students looking for internships with Sacramento-area employers willing to offer them.
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LaunchPath program matches students, employers to close skills gap 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—April 24, 2014— The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance, officially unveiled the new LaunchPath program—an innovative approach to creating work-based learning experiences that impact students and employers in the Sacramento region. 
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—October 29, 2013—The Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Linked Learning Alliance today announced a new initiative with JPMorgan Chase to help improve the workforce readiness of high school and community college students throughout the Golden State.

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  About our Partners  

The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to preparing high school students for success in college, career, and beyond. Learn more about their philosophy here>

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm that also works with organizations, governments, and businesses to make a positive impact on the economy. Learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s corporate philanthropy here> 

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