Student Resources for First General Students

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LBCC Resources 

Many different resources are available to you to facilitate your success at Long Beach City College. Please check out and utilize the resources below to assist you throughout your time here.

Not sure what classes to take? Unsure about how many units to take your first year?  Want to stay on track for graduation? Visit the Academic Counseling Center.

Interested in pursuing an internship? Want to develop and strengthen your resume? Questions about career exploration, the job search process, and more? Visit the Career & Job Services Center.

Would you like an academic mentor to ease transitions, to be academic friends, and to personalizing the academic environment?  Visit the Leaders Across Campus website. 

Do you need help with time management and procrastination?  Are you nervous about college tests?  Do you know how to annotate a textbook while studying?  Visit the Multidisciplinary Success Center at the LAC or the PCC.

Would you like to sign up for a tutor and take advantage of our tutoring resources? Visit the Tutoring Center.  There is one located at each campus and they both support a variety of subjects.

Interested in getting involved in a student club/organization? Interested in getting involved in civic engagement, or volunteer service? Visit Student Life.

Do you have questions about your student academic record? Need to find the form to add a course from the waitlist? Requesting transcripts? Any questions about your student account and billing? Need transfer credit evaluated? Visit the Admissions and Records Office.

For all financial aid questions (loans, scholarships, grants, etc.) visit Financial Aid.

Looking for a job on campus or an internship? Visit Job Services.

Do you have a question about college policy? Interested in checking out the requirements for academic majors/minors? Visit the College Catalog then download a copy for yourself.

For library resources visit the LAC & PCC Libraries.

On-Campus Communities

These are opportunities geared towards first-generation college students that you might consider exploring.

EOPS (Extended opportunity Programs and Services) is a state funded retention and support program that assists students who are affected by social, economic, educational, or language disadvantages.

The Puente Project helps students who are interested in Latino and multicultural literature successfully transfer to a four-year college or university.  This program is located at the LAC.

Development of Afro-American Professionals, also known as DAAP, is a student run organization dedicated to the overall academic success of Afro-American students at Long Beach City College.  DAAP seeks to establish an active and supportive community focused on increasing transfer success and graduation rates as well as community college completion rates among students.  DAAP aims to develop professional leadership skills through academia, networking, community involvement and cultural awareness. 

The Growth and Opportunities or GO Project provides an array of comprehensive academic and personal support services for students with physical, learning, and/or psychological disabilities.

Opportunities

These are great additional opportunities to consider, open to all students.

The Honors Program was developed to better serve intellectually ambitious, high-achieving students.  The classes are more intensive, encouraging and rewarding critical thought and individual research.

The Associated Student Body or ASB is the student government representation for all of the LBCC students.  By promoting the general interest and welfare of the students this body provides a wide variety of leadership opportunities and exciting programs.

Students in the Journalism Program produce the Viking Online Newspaper.  News, style, sports, opinion, and multimedia dimensions are all covered on a regular basis.

The Vikings Athletic Program has a storied history in both men’s and women’s sports.  To date, Long Beach City College has won 16 national titles, seven runner-up national titles, 90 state titles, and 50 state runner-up titles. 

External Resources

Here are two online communities for first-generation college students that you might be interested in visiting.

I’m First

I’m First is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college. 

I’m First videos: Everyone has a story to tell.  Be inspired by stories from first-generation college students and graduates–and possibly share your own. 

I’m First video blogs: These are video blogs from I’m First Scholarship winners. You can also follow the I’m First blog directly.

First in the Family

First in the Family is a site that offers advice from diverse groups of students from across the country who speak from experience about what helped them make the difficult transition to college and stay on to graduate.   

Six audio slide shows are available for you to preview:

  • Academic Culture Shock – First Generation Students Step up to College Work 
  • Balancing Work and College Studies 
  • Family Responsibilities – A Balancing Act for First Generation College Students 
  • Peer Support – A Major Factor in First Generation College Success 
  • Living and Learning Communities – College Studies Linked to a Social Network 
  • Becoming A Scholar – Bright Academic Futures for First Generation Students