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Long Beach College Promise

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Long Beach College Promise
The Promise aims to fulfill the potential of all youth by providing continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life.The Long Beach College Promise extends the promise of a college education to every Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) student to create a more vibrant community. The Promise transforms lives and the city's economic future by placing higher education within reach for all.

Fueling The Promise is a partnership between Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, California State University Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. Every student needs and deserves an opportunity to earn a post-secondary credential or college degree. All LBUSD students are beneficiaries of The Promise. The Promise partners function as one entity to provide continuous student support. Partners work to align college readiness standards and interventions, and reduce the need for college remediation through data sharing and innovative assessments and approaches to college preparation. The partners are also collaborating with the business community on creating internships and pathways from college to career.

Elements of The Promise Pathway

  • Universal access to early childhood education
  • College tours for all 4th and 5th grade students
  • A middle school pledge by students and parents that commits to college readiness
  • The Long Beach Internship Challenge
  • A tuition-free year at LBCC
  • Guaranteed admission to CSULB

At LBCC, a free year of tuition amounts to a savings of more than $1,000 annually for each student-money they can put towards books, transportation and other college-related expenses. While at LBCC, the Promise Pathways program reduces the time it takes to transfer and earn a degree-saving students more money.

Long Beach College Promise Campaign
In 2007, the Long Beach City College Foundation began a capital campaign to raise funds to pay for the first semester tuition (later expanded to two semesters) for LBCC students under the name Gateway to Greatness. The funding goal was $5 million. To date, the Foundation has raised and has commitments for $6.8 million from individuals, estates and corporations.

About the Long Beach City College Foundation Funding
The Long Beach City College Foundation is a nonprofit organization 501 (c)(3) operating independently of the College to raise funds for scholarships, faculty initiatives, and facility enhancements, which contribute to the College's outstanding and evolving learning environment. Since it was founded in 1978, the Long Beach City College Foundation has raised more than $50 million dollars to benefit the College community.

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Please contact:

Elizabeth P. McCann Nancy Yoho
Executive Director
LBCC Foundation
Long Beach College Promise Campaign Manager
LBCC Foundation
Phone: (562) 938-4139 Phone: (562) 938-4203
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