White House Lauds L.B. College Promise

A White House report released this month recognized the Long Beach College Promise as one of the successful local initiatives used to help develop America’s College Promise, which aims to provide more college access and affordability for millions of students across the nation.

The report, titled “America’s College Promise: Progress Report on Free Community College,” was released Sept. 9, the same day President Barack Obama launched a national College Promise campaign and a promotional effort, “Heads Up America.” The initiatives promote expanded access to community colleges and highlight the value of a free community college education.

The report notes that the Long Beach College Promise has provided a more structured transition for transfer students and a free first semester at Long Beach City College for thousands of local students.

“The success of the program has become a model for other California schools,” the report states.

The citation from the White House is the latest accolade for the Long Beach College Promise. Other recent recognition includes acceptance as one of the official Clinton Global Initiative Commitments to Action, $5 million State of California Award for Innovation in Higher Education, and the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

The Long Beach College Promise began in 2008 as a collaboration among the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach to increase the success of local students in higher education. The City of Long Beach joined the partnership last year, with a focus on early education and internships.

The Long Beach College Promise partners will host a community event Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at LBCC to celebrate recent achievements and discuss plans for the future. For more information and to RSVP, visit longbeachcollegepromise.org.