Project MATCH addresses diversity needs of the Los Angeles area that are born of the regions ever-changing demographics. The Los Angeles Community College District, comprised of nine area community colleges, offers Project MATCH as a program to prepare and recruit a diverse community college faculty who are sensitive to the needs of the students and community it serves. The goals of the program are to improve the diversity pool of faculty in the District, for our interns to become role models reflecting that diversity in the District, and to better reflect the diversity of the community around the biggest community college district in the United States of America.
The program is open to all qualified applicants and assumes that applicants meet the State Minimum Qualifications
in the subject area to which they will be assigned as interns.
In 2011, Project MATCH celebrated its 20th anniversary. To recognize this milestone we put together a short video that captures the essence of what this program is about. To view please click on the following You Tube video. Project Match 20th Anniversary
The Program will be celebrating its 25th Year Anniversary at a Gala and Awards Dinner on December 10, 2016. Check back for video and photographs of the event to be posted in the Project MATCH Gallery.
The Project MATCH Internship is a multi-component program comprised of mandatory elements shown below. Failure to attend the Summer Institute, follow-up sessions and the mock interviews, special events and other scheduled mandatory meetings and internship assignments at the college may result in exclusion from the program.
The mandatory elements of the program include all of the following:
- The Program kick-off event and session held in June marking the beginning of the Summer Institute.
- The Summer Institute, held during the months July and August, designed to give interns the fundamental theories and skills necessary to thrive in their community college internship. Summer Institute classes are scheduled on weeknights between 6:00 pm and 9:00 p.m. At least two Saturday sessions may be included.
- A follow-up and mock interview preparation session held on a Saturday in October and mock interviews held in November.
- The end of year culmination and award event held during an evening in December before the end of the fall semester.
Prior to the fall semester, each intern will be assigned/matched with a faculty mentor who teaches in the intern’s particular subject area. The intern will be assigned to work with the mentor 3 - 5 hours per week on 16 consecutive weeks throughout the fall semester. If the intern is a counselor or librarian, the intern will be assigned to a mentor in their field and will be given the equivalent non-classroom assignment. Weekday and evening opportunities are available Monday through Friday, and the assignment will take place at one of the nine colleges in the District. Please note: Evening opportunities are not available for counseling interns.
This program is not affiliated with professional graduate school programs for teacher training. Campus selection and mentor matching is at the sole discretion of the District.
Interns will receive valuable information to help guide them through the course of their internship as well as an opportunity to ask questions of the Coordinator and the Program Manager.
The Summer Institute provides interns with a foundation in pedagogy as well as techniques, skills, and best practices for the classroom. This program prepares the interns for their fall semester internship assignment. New starting in 2017, interns will receive training and certification in CANVAS, the LACCD's premier on the on-line learning management system, used throughout the District colleges.
During the fall semester, interns receive on-campus training from their mentors in their subject area. For example, teaching interns are incorporated into their mentor’s classroom, first by observing their mentor’s teaching methods in the classroom and then by being shown how to prepare lessons and activities for the students. Mentors provide feedback in response to these teaching trials. As the semester progresses, interns are allowed an increasing amount of supervised time teaching in front of the class. When prepared and capable, interns should teach at least one whole class session in its entirety.
The fall semester is also a time for interns to attend campus events or activities that would help promote understanding of the various responsibilities of our faculty. Interns are also provided opportunities to meet the department chair, other members of the department, and to gain a better understanding of campus life.
The October follow-up and preparation for mock interviews session gives interns a chance to share their classroom experiences with the other interns in their cohort. Job opportunities in the District are explored, and specific interview skills/techniques for educators are discussed.
The Mock Interviews are held in November. Participation in the interviews give interns invaluable insight and serves to prepare them for the interview process when applying for a faculty position.
The program culminates with an end-of-year dinner and awards event held in December to recognize the interns’ completion of their internship and to recognize the contributions of their mentors.
The terms of the assignment provide a stipend of $800 for each intern. The stipend is conditional on attending all mandatory events and all fall semester classes and is delivered in two payments at the end of October and at the end of December.
If you are interested in this program which may lead to a career as a full-time community college instructor, counselor or librarian, you must comply with the following criteria:
- be authorized to work in the USA,
- have expertise in a subject area (either academic or vocational) that is taught at one of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District, and
- have no paid college (2 or 4 year) professional teaching experience prior to applying or during the course of the internship. Similar professional experience in counseling or library science will disqualify applicants applying as counseling interns or library interns.
The following types of paid teaching experience will not disqualify an applicant from consideration:
- Adult Education
- Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)
- Community-Based Courses
- College-Extension Courses
- Non College-Credit Courses
- Corporate Education
The general eligibility requirements for academic and vocational teaching areas are set forth below. For specific subject areas, please refer to the State Minimum Qualifications
(Examples only: Math, English, Life Science, Speech, Chemistry, etc.)
- hold an advanced degree from an accredited college or university
- meet California Community College minimum qualifications by the completion of a masters degree in a subject area offered at a LACCD campus, and
- have no prior paid professional teaching, (in a credited course) or counseling or librarian experience at the college (2 or 4 year) level.
(Examples only: Computer Information Systems, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Cabinet Making, Cosmetology, etc.)
- meet California Community College minimum qualifications by the completion of an Associate degree combined with at least 6 years of full-time paid experience in the subject area offered at a LACCD campus: or
Bachelor's degree and 2 years of full-time paid experience in the subject area offered at a LACCD campus, and
- have no prior paid professional teaching experience (in a credited course) at the college (2 or 4 year) level.
Interested persons will be required to file the application using the LACCD's web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments. After review of the application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted by email only if selected for interviews. Applicants not selected will also be contacted by email only.
For consideration in the selection process, all interested applicants must submit the following:
- A letter of interest for the Project MATCH internship. In that letter include the discipline(s) you are interested in teaching as well as an explanation of the completion of your undergraduate and graduate degrees and GPA.
- A current resume
College/university transcript(s), including all higher education units attempted. Higher education includes all course work completed beyond high school that address the minimum qualifications needed in your discipline.
Provide one signed letter of recommendation written expressly for the Project MATCH internship application within the last 6 months from an individual (not a family member) who has provided post-secondary academic instruction to the applicant or who has worked in a professional setting as a supervisor to the applicant.
All these materials must be received by the closing date.
We are looking for talented individuals who want to pursue a career in a community college and are interested in interning as an instructor, counselor, and librarian at our nine community colleges.
The Project MATCH 2017 application period is now officially closed. Please check back in December 2017 for the Project MATCH 2018 Program application process and dates.
Sylvia Macias, J.D.
Manager, Project MATCH Program
Los Angeles Community College District
If you require reasonable accommodation regarding applying, interviewing, or participating because you have a qualified disability under the provision of the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at (213) 891-2315.