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New Middle College for High School Students

A new partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach City College will give high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit while they learn high-paying skills in trades and technology. In the new Middle College/High School Trades and Vocational Tech Program, 100 high school juniors and seniors can take both high school core classes and college vocational classes on the Pacific Coast Campus of LBCC. Classes start Tuesday, January 30. To gain acceptance to the program, students have to read at or above the 10th grade level, must have a strong desire to prepare for a high-skill, high-wage technical career and must be on track to graduate, having earned at least 150 high school credits. By completing the trades and vocational classes at LBCC, students earn 30 units of college credit while still in high school. They can complete their two-year vocational certificate or associate of arts degree at LBCC within one year of graduation from high school. In the first semester of the program, students will take four core high school classes each morning at PCC. In the afternoon, students participate in a survey of 12 different vocational programs and earn community college credit. The survey includes architecture, auto collision, auto mechanics, aviation maintenance, cabinet making, construction, diesel, electronics, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, machine tool (computer numeric controlled), pilot training, sheet metal and advanced transportation. The survey course will introduce the career ladder associated with each occupational area, academic skills necessary for success, employer expectations, working conditions and physical requirements. Students participate in hands-on activities and take basic college orientation courses on the PCC campus. During the second and third semesters of the program, students will enroll in the vocational class of their choice and attend that class during the morning session, four hours per day, Monday through Thursday. In the afternoon, students take LBUSD core classes on the PCC campus. They will also participate in community service and work experience. Middle College/High School students may participate in senior activities such as the prom, graduation, homecoming, intercultural fairs and other activities that do not conflict with the instructional program. Enrollment is expected to grow to 300 high school students by September.