The Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn additional state aid to help cover their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. 

The Learning Aligned Employment Program, or LAEP, aims to:

  • Enhance the affordability of higher education
  • Promote equity in work-based learning opportunities
  • Better align higher education with workforce needs
  • Bridge the gap between college and career

Which Employers are Eligible?

  • Non-Profits and For-Profit Employers
    Nonsectarian, nonpolitical organizations or corporations capable of providing or connecting students to full-time employment after graduation. 50% of wages are covered by LAEP.
  • Public Schools
    Public schools operated by school districts, county superintendents of schools, Department of the Youth Authority, or Department of Education. 90% of wages are covered by LAEP.
  • Public Colleges and Universities
    Research centers and institutions operated by public post-secondary educational institutions are given opportunities to participate in research. 100% of wages are covered by LAEP.

All projects must give students employability skills that are relevant to their program of study or by industry sector. Each project will require a research mentor to help facilitate the intended learning outcomes of the research project or position.

An Employer Agreement between the institution and employer is required for all LAEP positions with outside employers. Please contact Economic Workforce Development at (949) 582-4773 if you are an employer and your company would like to set up an agreement to hire Saddleback College students utilizing LAEP. 

For more information on LAEP please visit the California Student Aid Commission. For additional opportunities to partner with Saddleback College, including customized training opportunities for your organization, please visit Economic Workforce Development.