On Thursday, September 24, Long Beach’s city, educational and community leaders will come together to celebrate the ongoing success of the Long Beach College Promise. The event celebrates the successes of the past seven years and looks ahead to the future expansion of the program with a $5 million State of California Innovation Award. I hope that you can join us for the event. Please RSVP here.
The Long Beach College Promise is an innovative, award-winning partnership between Long Beach’s nationally recognized public school district, community college, state university and city government. This partnership is transforming the lives of students and families throughout Long Beach by helping students set and achieve their educational goals for a lifetime of success.
Established in 2008, the Long Beach College Promise offers a clear pathway for Long Beach students, starting with high quality early childhood education, to transition seamlessly from grade school to higher education by providing incentives, services and support and by removing barriers. These measures include college visits and college planning for elementary and middle school students in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), tuition-free semesters at Long Beach City College (LBCC), preferred admission to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and professional work experience through internships. Internship opportunities for students are increasing under an initiative – the Long Beach Internship Challenge – launched by the City of Long Beach in 2015.
I look forward to celebrating with you later this month!