About Learning Alliance Corporation

Learning Alliance began in 2004 as an alliance between businesses, colleges, and institutions to deliver diversity, equity, and inclusion to the workplace in the communities we serve. Currently, we have supported over 300 educational grant initiatives that provided local businesses the ability to provide education to new and incumbent workers – expanding equity opportunities for those employees.

Through experience, we evolved into an institution in 2018 providing educational opportunities, diplomas, and certifications that put us directly in the front lines of workforce shortages in the Telecommunications industry.

We are located in Tampa, Florida on a stretch of highway 301. Our facility combines the luxury of modern offices and the rigor of general warehouse space. As an institution dedicated to trades and the skilled workforce, we aim to simulate those in-field work environments to best educate our students on a specific job’s duties and responsibilities. We act as an early adopter to new technology so that we can provide students educational components through virtual reality, augmented reality, blended learning solutions, and expertly designed simulations. We partner with leading Telecommunications industry organizations like Ericsson to provide exciting training opportunities in brand new technology such as 5G wireless solutions, IoT structured wiring, and fiber optic installation.

LAC Quick Facts

  • Founded: 2004
  • Alumni Graduates: 4,568
  • Student Placement in 2020: 798
  • State Licensure: Commission of Independent Education, Florida DOE#5422
  • Student-faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Faculty & Staff: 33
  • Diversity: 46% of students are women, African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or multiracial.
  • Supported States: All 50 states
  • CEO: Cesar Ruiz
  • Director of Operations: Fred Arnold
  • Available Pre-Apprenticeships: 2
  • Available Apprenticeships: 3
  • Scholarships Awarded: $1 million in funding allocated to diverse populations in 2020

Learning Alliance is a fast-growing institution. We provide Diversity initiatives to help expand job opportunities in Telecommunications to underserved and underrepresented communities. Through partnerships with businesses and non-profit associations, we promote diversity, equity and inclusion through the research and development of new training methodologies such as pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeships. Our initiatives focus on allowing individuals to get trained, get certified, and obtain a career in a high skill, high wage occupations.

Our innovation has placed us as a leading educational organization for the Telecommunications industry where we are dedicated to assisting the workforce shortage. With over 20,000 job openings currently, and over 100,000 jobs needed over the course of 10 years, the 5G deployment will be a monumental hurdle.

Our students, faculty, and staff stand by our mission and vision through our Principles of our Community (link to Principles section). At Learning Alliance, we are guided by exchanging ideas and shaping futures with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These aspects lead us to an excellence in our delivery, and a transparency to our students that promotes a fluid training experience that paves the way to high skilled, high wage job potential.

Principles of Our Community Section

Learning Alliance current students, former alumni, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the principles set forth in the community we wish to enhance and build. These principles are defined by the way we interact, communicate, and build honest and truthful relationships with one another. As a skilled trades organization, we are always in a state of safety compliance and regulation. We must understand each other, truth in each other’s judgement, and feel we each have each other’s backs. The Principles of our Community are defined below:

  • Exchanging Ideas: each individual, student to faculty, is free to express ideas in an open format. Within our partnerships with associations, businesses, and colleges, we are discussing problems and implementing solutions. We promote a healthy environment where it is everyone’s right to ask questions, question the status quo, and to utilize those ideas to build onto excellence. Exchanging ideas also means the ability to accept other individual’s ideas, and to collaborate towards a common goal.
  • Shaping Futures: The overall goal for everyone in our institution is to shape futures. Each person aspires to be something, and we aim to harness those aspirations to help pave the way to career and equity advancement. Hard work and dedication are required as a student to advance through our programs, while that same hard work and dedication is required by our staff to train and provide an inclusive student experience. Shaping Futures is by far the reason we do what we do – so that underrepresented and underserved communities are not forgotten.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: By exchanging ideas, we shape futures. By adopting DEI, we enhance that mission and expand that vision to those who need it most. High skill, high wage occupations exist, and it is our goal to provide diverse populations the ability to be included in this career advancement by expanding equity capability through education.
  • Excellence and Transparency: We aim to provide excellent learning resources through hands on simulations, virtual reality, augmented reality, and blended learning. This excellence allows students to learn on their own terms, in their own time, and to ultimately succeed in a hands-on environment. Our students, staff, and faculty promote this excellence through relatable instructor to student interactions. We maintain transparency in all that we do.

LAC and CollabFirst Partnership

Cesar Ruiz is the CEO and founder of Learning Corporation. LAC collaborates with local and national employers on training initiatives for the wireless industry. Cesar has 22 years of experience in educational program management, implementation and design. Through those years, he has written 294 grants to support employer training initiatives in the state of Florida. Mr. Ruiz also owns CollabFirst, a Tampa, FL. based recruitment organization. – please read more about the organizations and their role in serving our communities: LAC and CollabFirst Partnership.