Long Beach Community College District is a nationally recognized institution of higher education within the California Community Colleges System, serving the cities of Avalon, Lakewood, Long Beach, and Signal Hill. Long Beach City College is the 5th largest single college district out of the 116 colleges in the state-wide system and, unlike some of the 72 Districts in the system with multiple colleges, Long Beach City College is the only school in the Long Beach Community College District.
Founded in 1927, LBCC is a comprehensive college that provides quality, affordable educational programs, and related student services to those who can benefit from the programs the College offers. Through a collegiate experience and with an open-door admissions policy, LBCC fosters the development of individual potential and is responsive to the diverse educational needs of the community it serves. Long Beach City College boasts a rich diversity in its student population and maintains the designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
The primary purposes of the education program are to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into the workforce or career development, and to support business and industry in economic development.
Long Beach City College offers general education and career technical education at the lower division level and student support services needed to promote student success.
LBCC has two Long Beach campuses: the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) is located at 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway on 30 acres and the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) is located at 4901 E. Carson Street on 112 acres. The campuses are linked by a free campus-to-campus shuttle.
Long Beach City College has a proud history of innovative thinking and strategic teamwork within the community it serves to help ensure that the College, the District, and, most importantly, the students achieve their goals. Some of those innovations include:
The Long Beach College Promise, a groundbreaking partnership with Long Beach Unified School District (K-12), California State University, Long Beach, and the City of Long Beach, has served as a model for “Promise” programs throughout the state and the nation. The program offers local high school graduates who immediately enroll in Long Beach City College after graduation free tuition for one year.
Promise Pathways is a Long Beach City College student success strategy that benefits College Promise students with registration priority, alternative placement, and first-semester success plans.
Economic and Workforce Development Programs not only provide training for good jobs but also assist local small businesses as the Southern California Regional Center for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network.
Working with its education partners, the College is also focusing on developing Career Pathway Programs to provide a highly-qualified workforce for rapidly developing industries such as advanced manufacturing.
Long Beach City College programs and services succeed in educating citizens who go on to enrich the quality of life in one of America’s most diverse communities.
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The City of Long Beach
The City of Long Beach is considered one of the nation’s most livable cities – a large and vitally-diverse metropolis on the Pacific Ocean, with the flair and temperate weather of a European coastal town, and has many amenities that appeal to people relocating to the City.
Long Beach is the seventh-largest city in California, covering approximately 50 square miles with a population of 462,257. The City population is 40.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent White, 13.0 percent Black, 12.6 percent Asian, and 4.2 other ethnicities.
Besides Long Beach City College, the 17th largest of the 72 districts in the California Community College System, the City is also home to California State University, Long Beach, the second-largest university in the state, which is consistently ranked among the top public colleges in the nation. Serving the K-12 student population, the Long Beach Unified School District consistently ranks among the top 10 urban school districts in the country.
Long Beach recreational options include the Aquarium of the Pacific, the iconic Queen Mary, the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, excellent parks and recreation facilities, 11 ½ miles of beachfront, three marinas, inland waterways and bays – and five golf courses. The City is culturally and ethnically diverse, providing an eclectic and vibrant experience for both residents and visitors – 6.5 million each year. Long Beach boasts five distinctive museums, two Spanish-era ranchos, and many performing arts companies.
The City proudly promotes a healthy and connected community that supports active living where people of all ages enjoy a walkable, bikeable, and livable environment. Long Beach is ranked as one of the “Most Walkable Cities in America” and “Most Walkable Large City in Southern California” by WalkScore.com, and one of Bicycle Magazine’s top 25 “Best Bicycle Cities.”
Besides traditional public services, the City maintains one of the world’s busiest seaports that serves as a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade. The City has its own full-service commercial airport, with the lowest airfares in California and 2nd lowest in the U.S., and an excellent transportation system with shuttles, buses, and light rail connecting the City to all of Southern California.
A superb climate, quality schools, good-paying jobs, recreational diversity, a vibrant downtown, and a wide variety of neighborhoods help make Long Beach one of the most livable communities in the United States.
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