Learning-Aligned Employment Program

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) allows eligible students at Los Angeles Valley College to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. LEAP provides eligible students with educationally beneficial internships that relate to their area of study, career objectives, and academic goals. 


Eligible students are from an underrepresented background and meet all the following criteria: 

  • 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 

  • Must be cleared to work by Los Angeles Community College District 

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. 

The California Student Aid Commission defines underrepresented background as 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 Assembly Bill 540 of the 2001–2002 Regular Session of the Legislature, and students who are veterans.