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Year Up Los Angeles


"Since summer 2016, West Los Angeles College has had a productive partnership with Year Up, for the participants in their education and internship were our students.


However, the pandemic has had a significant and deleterious effect on Year Up, whose program is sustained by corporate partnerships.  With workplaces closed and their partner corporations facing significant challenges, Year Up has made the difficult decision to shutter the program at West following the graduation of the current class in January 2021.  They will be departing the facilities on campus at the same time.


In order to continue its mission to provide access to education and employment for "Opportunity Youth," Year Up is eliminating the direct-service, city-based based model used at West and shifting to a more scalable model that  focuses on technology-enabled approaches to serve employers and markets.  In this new model, there will not be a physical presence in Los Angeles." ...excerpt from letter to campus by Dr. James M. Limbaugh, College President.

About Year Up

Year Up envisions a future in which every young adult will be able to reach their potential.

Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Year Up Los Angeles launched in Fall 2016 on the campus of West Los Angeles College. Year Up Los Angeles offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24, combining professional coaching, hands-on skill development, and internships at some of America’s top companies. As college students, our young adults have access to the library, tutoring resources, and other services offered by the college, in addition to the services offered by Year Up. As students work toward completing a degree at West Los Angeles College, Year Up Los Angeles provides them with professional development and work experience, preparing graduates to launch a meaningful career.

OUR LOCAL CORPORATE PARTNERS include: AMC Solutions, Ares Management, Bank of the West, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Deloitte, The Getty, Hulu, Kaiser, Kelley Blue Book, Live Nation Entertainment, MLK Community Hospital, Molina Healthcare, Neustar, Oath Inc., Providence Health & Services, Reach Local, SCAN Health Plan, Snap Inc., Sony Entertainment, Symantec, Ted Baker London, Tronc, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo Bank

What Year Up Does

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Graduates of Year Up Los Angeles 

Read their stories here...

For more info on these graduates, click on their images below. 

Travion SandersChristian Gonzalea          

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