As an educator, access to education has been at the core of Mayor Robert Garcia’s efforts to improve Long Beach. In 2014, Mayor Garcia, LBCC President Eloy Oakley (now chancellor of the California Community Colleges) and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Superintendent Steinhauser signed the new College Promise agreement to expand Pre-K, double internships and increase college access. Additionally, the Vision to Learn partnership the mayor established with LBUSD helped more than 8,000 children in need due to lack of access to affordable eye-care. Mayor Garcia also launched the Internship Challenge, which has created more than 2,600 internships. And under his leadership, the City of Long Beach and Mayor’s Fund for Education created the Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan. And in conjunction with these efforts, he has worked to expand Wi-Fi access, resulting in the lowering of costs to the city and tackling the persistent digital divide.
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