Laney College

Summer Institute

Summer Institute

Laney Summer Institute (LSI)

The Career Education Division at Laney College (Oakland) offers career exploration programs for interested high school students in the Bay Area.

The programs are 6 weeks long and are focused on informing students about different career pathways through fun hands-on activities. We have “priority” programs for high school students, as well as regularly-scheduled introductory classes. All of these courses meet during the standard Laney summer term (June 20 – July 27th, 2023)

Program highlights:

  • Explore career interests,
  • Develop new skills,
  • Get hands-on experience in subjects that might not be offered in your High School,
  • Meet other students with similar interests
  • Get a taste of college classes, &
  • Earn college credit.

Taking part in a summer program is also a plus on UC/CSU college applications.

Did I mention classes are FREE to High School students!?
** Incoming 9th graders also qualify to participate in these programs.

For questions, please contact us at

To sign up, please submit your interest below:

Join us for an Information Session

Online Zoom MID: 886 1834 0871
▪ Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
▪ Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
▪ Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
▪ Monday, March 27th, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

In Person at Laney College room A-105
▪ Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
▪ Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Click here to download the flyer.

** 1) Cosmetology (In-Person: OUSD students only) 

Class Code: COSM 245 (2 units)
Dates: W (In-person)
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Laney-B100

Instructor: Simmons-Windham, Sydney Leona Christal
Cost: FREE (high school students only)

A career in cosmetology can lead to a variety of professions in the beauty industry. In this engaging course, you will learn the basic theory of selected cosmetology services. Students will practice hands-on applications of several cosmetology services. Also, the course will discuss the career paths of a hairstylist, esthetician, and manicurist.
Participating Departments: Cosmetology

** 2) iDesign (In-person) 

Class Code: CARP 255 (0.5 units) | WDTEC 255 (0.5 units) 
Dates: TDB (In-person)
Time: TBD
Location: CARP 255 (G160) | WDTEC 255 (G160)

Instructors: Robert Bell, Andrew Prober
Cost: FREE (high school students only):

Roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of construction! In this immersive course, you will gain an understanding of the construction process from design to finish and, explore career pathways within Wood Tech and Carpentry. This innovative class will broaden your thinking of the technologies of the future!
Participating Departments: Carpentry, Wood Technology

**3) Introduction to Culinary Arts (In-Person: OUSD students only) 

Class Code: CULIN 212 (4 units)
Dates: MTWTh (In-person)
Time: Lec 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Lab 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Laney-Lec E105 Lab E102

Instructor: David Chavez

Introduction to culinary principles: Ingredient identification and uses, knife skills, cooking techniques, instruction and practice in safety and sanitation, navigating a commercial kitchen and equipment, professionalism, and making delicious food.
Participating Departments: Culinary Arts

Attention Parents!

We are pleased to invite you and your children to the upcoming Laney College Career and Technical Education Open House & Career Expo on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

This event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to explore the exciting career and technical education programs offered at Laney College. From welding to biotechnology, carpentry to cosmetology, we offer a wide range of programs that can help your child gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce.

During the event, your child will have the chance to participate in hands-on activities, meet with our faculty and staff, and learn more about our student services and resources. Lunch will also be provided!

The event is open to all members of the community, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family members as well.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit our website:

We hope to see you there!


——— Regularly scheduled Laney COURSES ———


Regularly scheduled classes

The courses below are regularly scheduled Laney summer courses open to all (including high school students). We’ve selected these as great courses for young adults to learn more about these careers. All of these courses meet during the standard Laney summer term (June 20th – July 27th, 2023). These do NOT require participation acceptance into the Summer Institute. 

  1. Everyone needs to register to get a Peralta ID number.
    • Note: If you already have a Peralta ID, but it’s been longer than one year since you’ve taken a class, you’ll need to go online and reactivate your student ID number. 
  2. For high school students, while you can get your Peralta ID online, unfortunately, you can NOT enroll for the class online. You need to enroll in-person at the Laney Admissions Department, room A-109. Before you do, fill out and get all the signatures on the High School Enrollment Form and bring that with you. As a high school student, you will get free tuition!


Summer courses begin June 20th

ARCH 104A    Beginning CAD (3)
ART 20            Beginning Drawing and Comp. (3)
ART 50            Beginning Painting (3)
ART 80            Beginning Ceramics (3)
ART 100          Beginning Printmaking (3)
BIO 24             Intro to Anatomy and Physiology (4)
75             Fundamentals of Biotechnology (2)
CARP 211        Beginning Carpentry (3.5)
CONMT 10     Introduction to Construction Practices (3)
COSM 245      Intro to Cosmetology (2)
CULIN 203 Intro to Baking (4 Units)
CULIN 234 Intro to Cooking Techniques
(4 units)
DANCE 76    West African Dance 1 (1)
PHOTO 71     Intro to Digital Photography (3)


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