HSA Workforce Development

From 1998 to 2008, the HSA provided 724 students in grades 11 and 12 with real-world experiential learning opportunities under the guidance of a professional who mentored students for one school semester. During this 10-year period, 423 high students from School A the contributed a total of 62,998 paid hours after school supporting community- and county-based human services agencies. And, high school students from School B contributed 42,366.9 paid hours. High school students from both schools provided a total of 105,365 paid hours and the equivalent of 53 full-time staff. Work-based learning was a key motivator that contributed to enhancing student success.

During this 10-year period, HSA students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 were consistent in their school attendance staying within 93 to 95% among both schools. Additionally, overall GPAs were stronger among HSA students compared to non-HSA students. For instance, HSA students from School A had an overall GPA of 2.50 compared to non-HSA students’ 2.28 GPA from 1998 to 2000. Along similar lines, HSA students from School B has an overall 2.41 GPA to an overall 2.16 GPA from non-HSA students. In regards to the percentage of HSA students graduating on time for School B from 2001-2008 was 92% compared to 74% non-HSA students. Finally, 65% of students from School A and 56% of students from School B enrolled at a community college. Moreover, 24 to 29% of students from both School A and B enrolled at a 4-year university or college.

Aspiring to Serve, Los Angeles Times

Human Services Academy, Los Angeles County Digest, page 4