LBCC Slashes $10.4 Million from Budget
Budget reduced without layoffs or cuts to educational programs
Long Beach City College dramatically reduced its preliminary 2017-2018 $10.7 million budget deficit to $300,000 without layoffs or cuts to programs.
The deficit was reduced through cuts in expenses and an aggressive enrollment push. In addition, a number of employees accepted the Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan (SERP) that the College offered last June which allowed strategic reorganization of staff.
“The fact that Long Beach City College has been able to reduce $10.4 million from our deficit without layoffs or cuts to instructional programs is a tremendous accomplishment,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Reagan F. Romali. “This has been truly a team effort as our faculty and staff came together to find creative and alternative ways to reduce our deficit without any impact to our students.”
LBCC made an aggressive push to enroll additional students into the Summer Session classes which resulted in a 21 percent increase in full-time equivalent students compared to last year’s Summer Session numbers. LBCC also provided a number of enrollment events to assist future and current LBCC students in preparation for the Fall Semester.
“I commend Superintendent-President Dr. Romali, District staff, and Board colleagues in prioritizing fiscal responsibility and their willingness to make the tough decisions in decreasing this budget deficit. I look forward to supporting Dr. Romali and continuing our efforts to be on solid financial footing,” said Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Sunny Zia.
Despite the reductions that began in Spring 2018, student success continued to improve at LBCC. In June 2018, 44 students graduated from LBCC with 4.0 GPA. This number is compared to 14 students in 2017 who achieved a perfect GPA.
Space is still available for new students at LBCC. Fall Semester begins Aug. 27. There are also late-starting classes beginning Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.
About Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students each semester. The education program’s primary purpose is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into work or career development, and to support businesses in economic development. Long Beach City College serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon. Long Beach City College promotes equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high-quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities.