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Governor Signs College Promise Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 650, the Long Beach College Promise Act, authored by State Sen. Alan Lowenthal.  The legislation was sponsored by Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Unified School District to support the Long Beach College Promise, an effort to increase college success.

“We commend Gov. Brown for signing this important legislation,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District.  “SB 650 will allow our schools to further implement the Long Beach College Promise, a nationally recognized collaboration with our community college and state university.  Together we’re preparing more students for success in higher education and in the workplace.”

SB 650 establishes an innovative model that provides participating LBUSD students with an aligned sequence of rigorous high school coursework leading to capstone, or culminating, college courses while students are still in high school.  These capstone courses count for course credit at LBCC.  The bill also allows the LBCC Board of Trustees to give LBUSD students priority enrollment and course registration.