Long Beach City College has a long history of educating local students. Classes began on September 12, 1927, with a student body of 500. Today, over 33,000 area residents attend classes each semester. These students are composed of recent high-school graduates, re-entry students, and senior citizens - all seeking career, vocational, and personal-enrichment opportunities.
Established in 1978, Long Beach City College Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) charitable organization, with the purpose of providing a vehicle for financial support from the community. Since that time, over $50 million has been raised to provide for scholarships, departmental grants, campus beautification, and facilities upgrades.The LBCC Foundation is managed by a volunteer board consisting of over 100 elected governors. The Executive Committee sets the policy and procedures for the Foundation.
In 2007, the Foundation began raising funds to support the Long Beach College Promise, a program that supports local area graduating high school students who attend LBCC. In 2011, the Long Beach College Promise began distributing these funds that paid the first semester tuition. Today, the program has been expanded to include payment of the first two semesters for qualifying students.
Each year, the LBCC Foundation provides almost $1 million in scholarships to pay enrollment fees and buy books. Over $100,000 has been distributed to campus departments and faculty for program improvements. Over $1 million has been raised by our ten Associate Groups to support specific areas of interest and study:
-Adapted Physical Education
-Friends of Languages
-Pacific Coast Campus/Vocational