“EXP’s generous opportunity for educators to participate in a paid work-based industry externship was truly a treat. The best part of my experience was the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and discuss how we can best equip our students with the industry information we gained.”
-Danaelle Arroyo, Teacher, Los Angeles River School
EXP: The Experience That Changes Lives
EXP delivers career-based, experiential programs for K-12 and college students that open the door to life-long opportunities by connecting the classroom to the world of work. At their core, all of our programs build on the same foundation.
Our Educational Pillars:
We give students real-world experience
We help students connect the dots so the classroom is contextualized and more relevant
We help students reflect on their experiences and learn about themselves
We connect students to mentors, peers and opportunity
We teach students life skills they need to succeed
We help students create the futures they want
We tailor our programs to your school’s exact needs. Whether you work in career pathways, small learning communities, Linked Learning initiatives, CTE programs or your own system, our programs will enhance your curriculum by delivering skills training, mentors and internships that create real-world opportunities for students.
Awareness & Exploration
Mentorship & Job Shadowing
Internships & Skill-Building
Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Scholarships
Gap Year & Alumni Association
Scholarships, Internships, Networking & Career Counseling
Workforce Development & Pre-Apprenticeships
Alumni Network, Job Placement, Career Counseling, Apprenticeships
Working with EXP
EXP partners with schools large and small in a wide range of capacities from strategic consulting to the day-to-day operations of multi-industry career-based programs.
What EXP delivers to schools
No other organization has more connections to business leaders and professionals who are passionate about education, and we are constantly bringing more sectors and businesses into the EXP family. We can connect you with the people and the resources you need, whether you are establishing a new program or expanding your programs into new professions.
We understand the intricacies of the education system and business, as well as public and private funding. We can help you navigate these complex worlds and make your educational vision happen.
If we say we’re going to do it, it’s as good as done. High schools, school districts and colleges throughout Southern California rely on EXP to launch and operate their career-based programs. Career fairs, job shadowing, internships — when you need to extend learning outside the classroom, EXP will make it happen.
EXP School Services
Career-based Education Design & Consulting
Success Metrics & Measurement
Turnkey Career-based Curriculum
Industry & Community Advisory Boards
Skilled Industry Mentors
On-campus Program Managers
Logistics & Coordination
Training & Guidance in Career Education
Summer Externships for Educators
Who we serve
EXP began almost twenty years ago as International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP). We started in one school, Phineas Banning High School, in the Los Angeles harbor community of Wilmington, to help connect students to careers in maritime trade.
Gradually, EXP expanded to more schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District that were seeking to restructure learning. By embedding ourselves on campuses, we were able to fill the gaps between schools and industry, classroom curriculum and real-world learning so that students and educators could succeed.
Today, EXP helps a broad array of schools and communities — from large public-school districts to innovative charters and private schools — make their vision for career-based learning a reality. In 2017-2018, we served over 6,400 students in 13 Southern California high schools and are expanding into new districts and new populations, including community colleges and K-8 schools.
Funding for EXP services
Our work is funded through grants, corporate sponsorships, individual philanthropy and contracts which allow us to deliver our services to schools at greatly reduced cost.
Your limited funding doesn’t limit our work. We provide grant-writing assistance and financial guidance to help you secure funding for your career-based programs and EXP services. Together, we can make it happen.
How can we help?
Whether you’re building a new career-based program or expanding your existing offerings, we’d love to help.