CLPCCD as Your LEA
In California, every registered apprenticeship is required to have a Local Educational Agency (LEA) that partners with the program sponsor (supporting organization for an apprenticeship program) and Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) on the education piece of “Earn and Learn”.
LEAs are usually a local adult school or a community college. We believe there are several advantages to partnering with a community college, and, in particular, with the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD). We offer unparalleled support and out-of-the box thinking to help you develop a training program to fit your needs.
What is an LEA
An LEA is any public education agency authorized by law to provide related and supplemental instruction (RSI) – the classroom learning part of apprenticeships. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District’s (CLPCCD) apprenticeship instruction can be provided at the supporting training organization’s (or, “program sponsor”) training facility or on one of our campuses, located in Hayward and Livermore. As the LEA, we ensure that the curriculum and instructors meet California community college standards, enabling apprentices to get the best instruction possible and receive college credit when doing so. Among other things, we track and report the apprentices’ instructional hours to the State as part of the apprenticeship requirement.
The CLPCCD LEA Advantage
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) apprenticeship team, together with our colleges, offers unparalleled support to our program sponsors. We walk side-by-side with you in the evolution of your program, curriculum development, and ongoing instructional operations. The benefits we offer include:
Apprentices are employees-in-trainingApprentices are paid a wage to do a job while supervised by an experienced employee or mentor on the job. Traditionally, a registered apprentice must have at least 2,000 hours on the job, but this now varies by industry and training needs of the employer. In California, apprenticeships can also be built on job-specific competencies rather than recorded hours.
Apprentices are students.Half of the “Earn & Learn” model is that apprentices also have classroom instruction to enhance their knowledge of the occupation. This can be done at the training program (or Program Sponsor’s) site, online, or on campus using existing college classes. The State of California requires at least 144 hours of Related and Supplemental (classroom) Instruction for a registered apprenticeship.
Though historically apprenticeship programs could only work with an LEA in their geographic area, that requirement changed several years ago. As a result, any California-based apprenticeship program can choose their preferred LEA, located anywhere in California.
If you have an existing registered apprenticeship program within the state of California and your LEA is not serving your needs, changing your LEA is a fairly simple procedure. We have experience with this process and can help make the transition in a smooth and timely way. We can work with your staff and your DAS consultant to get you the LEA services that your program needs and deserves.