Linked Learning Regional Hubs of Excellence

Linked Learning Regional Hubs of Excellence

Strengthening Communities and Economies through Regional Collaboration

Acting regionally to elevate the scale and adoption of high-quality career pathways—helping more students gain equitable access to this practical, powerful approach.

Marty Alvarado
Senior Director, Learning Communities
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The Linked Learning Hubs are designed to accelerate the demand for and number of graduates from pathways that blend high school, college, and career at a substantial and sustainable scale. The James Irvine Foundation invited regions to apply to become Hubs of Excellence in August 2015, as part of its portfolio of initiatives designed to increase the number of low-income young people who complete high school on time and earn a postsecondary credential by age 25.


Several regions applied and participated in a planning phase from which a diverse group of four sites were selected as Regional Hubs of Excellence:
  • East Bay, led by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Long Beach, led by All In Long Beach and the Long Beach College Promise
  • San Bernardino, led by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education; California State University, San Bernardino; and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Tulare-Kings, led by Innovate Tulare-Kings and the Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Consortium

By 2025, the State of California projects a need for 1 million additional career-ready college graduates to meet the needs of employers and drive the state’s economy. This skills gap threatens to contribute to the cycle of poverty for underprepared, low-income students as well as slow economic growth in some of the hardest hit areas of California.

K-12 school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community-based organizations are all striving to help young people get the skills and education necessary to meet this demand, through innovative approaches such as Linked Learning and other high-quality career pathways.

Linked Learning, a proven and widely supported approach to college and career readiness, is rapidly expanding to numerous school districts. But in order to accelerate the growth of Linked Learning strategies and its impact to support more young people to be prepared for college and career success, we need to collaborate and develop systems that connect efforts regionally across sectors and institutions.

Source: Public Policy Institute of California

Linked Learning Regional Hubs of Excellence is an initiative of the Irvine Foundation to expand the scale and sustainability of Linked Learning—helping more young people in California gain equitable access to this practical, promising approach. The initiative focuses on building and strengthening netowrks through the development of regional hubs.

The four strategies of the initiative are:
  • Deepening quality of Linked Learning within existing pathways
  • Scaling within schools, to more schools and to more districts in the region
  • Aligning pathways across secondary, postsecondary and workforce systems
  • Adopting and adapting Linked Learning principals to postsecondary and workforce contexts

Within the Hub, all partners are active and united in delivering the benefits of Linked Learning—based on a shared interest in, and need for, young people to succeed within their communities.

See this presentation for a more in depth look at the Hubs of Excellence.

Come back soon for an upcoming brief that describes progress and learnings during the first year. Here are some existing resources: