Learning Aligned Employment Program


The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) is an initiative designed to support eligible students at Woodland Community College and other public colleges and universities in California. LAEP’s primary objective is to empower students by offering them opportunities to both earn money to offset their educational expenses and gain valuable, education-aligned, career-related employment experiences. Through LAEP, eligible students can secure on-campus or off-campus positions that are directly related to their area of study, career goals, or the exploration of potential career paths. Furthermore, the program prioritizes positions that have the potential to lead to full-time employment opportunities upon graduation, fostering a seamless transition from education to the workforce. These opportunities include paid internships, *some of which require students to engage in research as part of their responsibilities, all aimed at enhancing students’ educational journeys and future career prospects.

*Research is not limited to scientific research and can take place outside of an academic discipline.

Student Eligibility for LAEP

In order to be eligible for LAEP, you must be:

  • Enrolled at least half-time, and
  • Classified as a CA resident, and
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and
  • Eligible to work in the United States, and
  • Demonstrating financial need, as determined by Financial Aid, and
  • From an underrepresented background

You will be considered from an underrepresented background if you are at least one of the following:

  • First generation college student
  • Current or former foster youth
  • Student experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless
  • A student with an Expected Family Contribution in the Pell Grant-eligible range (either FAFSA or CADAA)
  • Student with a disability
  • Displaced worker
  • Student with dependent children
  • Formerly incarcerated student
  • Undocumented students / students meeting the requirements of AB540 (eligible to work in the US)
  • Student who is a veteran

At the moment, eligible students can be hired for on campus positions where job duties include assisting in research.