Laney Summer Institute (LSI)

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 17 – July 25th, 2024)

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:

1) Cosmetology (OUSD students only)

Class Code: Days | Times | Instructor
COSM 245 (2 units):
T (In-person) | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Toshia Christal Units: 2
Location: Laney-B100

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) Power Generation (Basic Electricity)

Class Code: Days | Times | Instructor
EET 203:
T-W-Th-F (In-person) | 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Marin Herzfeld  Units: 3
Location: Laney-B120

Get charged up with our Introduction to Electricity course! Discover the electrifying world of Ohm’s law, power, and electrical circuits as you dive into hands-on experiments and projects. From unraveling the mysteries of electrical diagrams to exploring the captivating forces of magnetism and electromagnetism, this course will spark your curiosity and ignite your passion for electronics. Get hands-on experience with controls and motors, learn to wield industry instruments and tools like a pro, and master essential safety procedures. Don’t miss out on this electrifying opportunity to kickstart your journey into the dynamic field of electricity!
Participating Departments: Electrical and Electronics

3) UpGrade

Class Code: Days | Times | Instructor
Counseling 57: T-W-Th (In-person) | 10:00 AM-12:00 AM  | Doug Cobb Units: 3
CIS 6: T-W-Th (In-person) | 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM  | Johnnie Williams Units: 5
Location: Laney-Room TBD

Ready to dive into the exciting world of computer programming? Our Introduction to Computer Programming course is your gateway to understanding the language of computers! Learn how to design algorithms, create flowcharts, and master the art of debugging. Discover the elements of good programming style and get hands-on experience with various programming languages. Whether you’re a beginner or have some coding experience, this course will set you on the path to becoming a coding pro!
Participating Departments: Computer Information System, Counseling

4) Introduction to Architecture

Class Code: Days | Times | Instructor
ARCH 10: M-T-W-Th (In-person) | 3:00 PM – 6:00PM | Courtney Miller Units: 2
Location: Laney-G239

Join us as we journey through the rich history and exciting practices of architecture. Explore how architecture shapes our world, from societal dynamics to innovative technology and environmental sustainability. Experience architecture as the crossroads of creativity and innovation, empowering you to shape the future of our built environment!
Participating Departments: Architecture


Join Us at the Laney CTE Open House for Career Exploration!

We are excited to invite you and your family to the Laney CTE Open House, where you can explore exciting career opportunities and pathways available at Laney College.

Laney CTE Open House & Career Expo
Location: Laney College
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Time:9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

At the CTE Open House, you’ll have the chance to discover the diverse range of career paths offered at Laney College, including programs in:

  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Cosmetology
  • Data Science
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Environmental Control Technology / HVAC
  • Journalism
  • Machine Technology
  • Photography
  • Carpentry
  • Ceramics
  • Commercial Music
  • Construction Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Graphic Arts
  • Legal & Community Interpreting
  • Media Communications
  • Welding Technology
  • Wood Technology


Experience hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and tours led by our experienced faculty.

This family-friendly event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Laney Summer Institute and how Laney College can help you achieve your career goals and/or further develop your interests and hobbies. Don’t miss out on this chance to explore the possibilities and take the next step towards a rewarding future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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