LearningWorks was founded in response to recommendations developed at a series of statewide convenings that included a broad cross-section of CCC faculty, student services professionals, administrators, funders, and experts.

The founding partners include the Career Ladders Project for California Community Colleges (Career Ladders Project), Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group), and the California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN). While these three organizations will provide the structural core of the organization, LearningWorks will actively engage and partner with other organizations, experts, and individual leaders—in California and beyond.