Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced during his State of the City address that internships for Long Beach students have increased by 50 percent.
The mayor said the gains place the city ahead of schedule for meeting Garcia’s goal of doubling internships in his first term.
Internship opportunities in Long Beach numbered roughly 1,500 about 18 months ago. Since then, more than 750 new internships have been created for high school and community college students.
Garcia also discussed the creation of 800 additional preschool seats across the city in the last year in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District and other providers.
An emphasis on internships and early education is part of an expansion of the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise. The College Promise was first signed in 2008 by leaders from LBUSD, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach to help students prepare for, and succeed in, college. LBUSD graduates can receive a tuition-free semester at LBCC and guaranteed admission to CSULB if they meet minimum requirements at the university.
The renewed and expanded College Promise was signed by leaders of the three educational institutions in October 2014. At that time, the Mayor’s Office also signed on as a formal partner in the endeavor.