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Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LEAP)

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment.

The program includes and emphasizes positions for students with employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation or opportunities to connect with other employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation within their areas of study. On-campus positions allow participating students to conduct research that relates to the student's area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives.

Eligible students must meet all the following criteria:

  • Underrepresented Student*
  • At least half-time enrollment
  • California resident classification
  • Satisfactory academic progress in a program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Eligibility to work in the United States

*Underrepresented students include first-generation college students, low-income students, students who are current or former foster youth, homeless students or those at risk of becoming homeless, students with disabilities, displaced workers, students with dependent children, formerly incarcerated students, undocumented students, students meeting the requirements of AB 540, and veterans.

Priority will be given to eligible students who are first-generation college students, current/former foster youth, homeless, or at risk of being homeless. Further priority will be given to eligible students majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact the Career Services Center.

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