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LA Metro, County Partner on Transportation School

At a June 18 event, Los Angeles Metro, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, announced the kickoff of their Transportation School, which will prepare area young people for career and college pathways in the global transportation industry with a focus on transferrable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills.

“Tomorrow’s economy depends on today’s opportunities,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti said at the launch event. “This new school gives young Angelenos a pathway to successful, long-lasting careers in the transportation industry.”

Metro Chief Executive Officer Phillip A. Washington said, “The transportation industry faces a huge challenge in creating a qualified workforce for the future. Not only is this a way to ensure we have the employees we need to transform transportation in Los Angeles County, but also a way to develop and cultivate the most important asset we have—our people.”

According to Metro, the school is the centerpiece of its larger Workforce Development Initiative, created to address the transportation industry’s need for a skilled workforce. Almost 30 percent of the agency’s workforce is eligible for retirement in the next few years.

Eventually, Metro will expand the program to reach youth across LA County.

Students from Los Angeles Metro’s Transportation Career Academy Program join Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington at the launch of the Transportation School.
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