The roots of Linked Learning started in Porterville when the district opened Harmony Magnet Academy in 2008. Since that time, the Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) has expanded pathways to all of its high schools, and is now seeking ways to introduce Linked Learning into its middle and elementary schools as well. The district, which was in the original cohort of the Linked Learning District Initiative, benefits from a broad base of community and business support, ensuring that even when leadership turnover occurs, the commitment to Linked Learning remains strong.

In addition to the support provided to PUSD through the District Initiative, ConnectED continues to engage with the district around its Graduate Profile development, scaling up work-based learning, and providing district-level leadership consultation.