As Los Angeles gears up to host our third Summer Olympics in 2028, excitement is mounting. The city, already steeped in Olympic history, is set to add a new chapter with the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, known as LA28. This momentous event is not just a celebration of sports but a beacon of opportunity, growth, and community spirit for the entire Los Angeles region.
The Los Angeles Regional Consortium (LARC), in collaboration with our 19 community colleges, is poised to play a pivotal role in connecting students, educators, employers, and industries to harness the full potential of LA28 by proudly serving on the future of workforce through the Olympic games on the LA 28 Local Hiring Advisory Group.
History in the Making
Los Angeles is set to become only the third global city to host the Olympics three times, joining London and Paris for this esteemed honor. It is also the first time Los Angeles will host the Paralympics. Los Angeles previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984, with the ‘84 Olympics becoming one of the most profitable Games in history—due in large part to our existing stadium infrastructure.
The 1984 Games left a legacy of unity and economic success in Los Angeles, including the creation of the LA84 Foundation, a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs across Southern California. The Olympics Games are never just about sports, but a commitment to community development too. The success of the 1984 Olympics serves as an inspiration for Los Angeles as it prepares to host LA28.
LA28: A New Chapter in Olympic History
As we approach LA28, LARC and our 19 strong community colleges are focused on the job growth sectors integral to our region’s success, and committed to equipping the workforce with the skills that employers need.
The 2028 Olympics are projected to be a catalyst for job creation in several key sectors including: Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism (RHT), Construction and Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics, and the Creative Economy.
Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT): As Los Angeles prepares to welcome a large number of visitors, the hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants, retail, and tourism services, will expand. This growth will create jobs in hotel management, retail management, culinary arts, and customer service.
Construction and Infrastructure: The Olympics in LA have never had a legacy of massive construction projects. In all three Olympics, 1932, 1984 and the upcoming 2028 LA Olympics, LA had most of the infrastructure needed. Despite the absence of building new sports venues, other significant construction and infrastructure projects are in progress in Los Angeles, including the Metro C line, the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, and airport infrastructure.
Transportation and Logistics: Improvements in public transportation and the need to manage increased traffic and visitor movement will enhance job opportunities in this sector. This includes roles in public transit, ride-sharing services, and logistics coordination.
Creative Economy and Entertainment: LA’s robust entertainment and creator economy industry will continue to thrive with increased production of events, advertising, and digital marketing. Jobs in digital media, entertainment, event management, event production, and gaming, graphic arts, and media will be key.
As all eyes turn to Los Angeles in 2028, LARC and our 19 community colleges will continue our mission to empower every individual with a chance for a better career and advance LA’s innovative economy. Together, we’re not just preparing for the Olympics; we’re building a future where everyone wins.