Yesterday at Ernest McBride High School, I joined LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, LBCC President Eloy Oakley, and CSULB President Jane Conoley to announce a sweeping educational initiative. For the first time, the City became a signatory to the Long Beach College Promise, bringing the City into partnership with the three major educational institutions in Long Beach and expanding the mission of the Promise to include the goal of universal pre-school enrollment, doubling the number of internships in the city for Long Beach students, and expanding college scholarships and student support.
I am proud to bring the City into the College Promise, and I’m grateful to our educational leaders for joining me in this effort. Superintendent Steinhauser, President Oakley, President Conoley and I released a joint statement about this initiative, and you can read it below.
During the campaign I promised to make education a top priority because education is the foundation of a prosperous economy and an engaged citizenry. The College Promise has for many years been an outstanding support for our students, and now it will be even stronger.
Here’s is the joint statement we released:
“The foundation of a strong community and healthy economy is education. The City of Long Beach can boast some of the top school in the state and in the country, and the Long Beach College Promise has been an indispensable support to our students. Expanding the College Promise will provide critical support at the most important stages of young people’s education.
Research has shown that quality preschools provide educational gains to students that can still be measured at the secondary and college level. Moving towards universal enrollment is one of the most important means of developing lifetime learners who are well-prepared for today’s specialized global economy.
Moving on from secondary education to higher education is often a challenge not just academically, but financially. Students who do not believe they can succeed in college often drop out of school before graduation, and adults who lack a college degree meet with significant wage gaps. Expanding the financial and academic support for LBUSD students entering our city’s colleges translates into better jobs and higher wages for our young people, and will help keep graduation rates high.
Internships are an essential element in the transition from school to career. Providing internships that offer the opportunity to move directly into full-time paid employment will help our residents achieve economic security and boost the City’s economy. The Long Beach College Promise will not only facilitate more of those opportunities, it will also provide support to prepare students for the world of business, and prepare businesses to receive student interns and create a valuable internship experience for them.
The four entities now collaborating in the Long Beach College Promise are united in our desire to strengthen and expand the Promise and to provide support to all LBUSD students at these critical stages of their educational development, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship between the City and our local schools.”
Go Long Beach!