The Board of Directors of the nonprofit Long Beach Career-Linked Learning (Long Beach CaLL) has announced a new arrangement with the Long Beach Unified School District to help more young people develop personal and professional skills that contribute to their success in the workforce.
“After much board discussion, it became apparent that the best option for maximizing impact for students would be if CaLL’s ongoing function was made an internal component of the school district,” Long Beach CaLL Board Chair Cindy Bater said. “The board is excited about the stability this will bring to CaLL’s mission and looks forward to continuing its work and maintaining its strong partnerships. The arrangement may be different, but the benefit to students and businesses alike will continue, if not improve.”
“At the forefront of all Long Beach CaLL board decisions is ensuring the best possible work-based learning opportunities are made available to Long Beach students,” stated an announcement from CaLL. “By embedding the functions of CaLL into the district, the Board of Directors is confident its mission will be better supported and it will maintain the stability needed to ensure lasting impact for thousands more students.”
All staff and functions of CaLL are transitioning to LBUSD’s Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Schools and its new Administrator of K-16 Collaborations & External Programs, Michelle Thomassian.
Thomassian was recently hired after the passing of CaLL’s prior executive director, Jean Egan. Upon the consent of the State Attorney General’s Office, CaLL will dissolve as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and function as an LBUSD program. The current commitment of CaLL board members will continue as they serve as an advisory council helping to ensure a seamless transition and support to students and business partners.
“LBUSD’s Linked Learning approach has had tremendous success in helping students graduate with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college, career and life. This integration of CaLL’s work is an exciting opportunity to increase students’ access to work-based learning experiences as well as their application of classroom knowledge to the real-world,” said Jill Baker, LBUSD’s deputy superintendent of schools.
Linked Learning pathways in schools combine challenging academics, demanding technical courses and work-based learning focused on an industry theme.
“The school district would like to thank CaLL’s esteemed board members and their respective organizations for their years of service,” Baker said. “We are excited to continue partnering in an advisory capacity as well as engaging additional organizations that share our dedication to the college and career readiness of Long Beach students.”
Building off the success of the Long Beach College Promise, Long Beach CaLL launched in 2012 as an intermediary to support Long Beach students in college and career readiness. Over the course of its history, CaLL has served thousands of students and businesses. Business leaders have routinely praised CaLL services, citing the improvements to both morale and productivity. Over the last three years, CaLL has placed 239 high school students in internships, and more than 2,000 have participated in work-based learning activities.
Questions regarding ongoing services for students and business partnerships can be referred to Michelle Thomassian, administrator, K-16 Collaborations & External Programs, Long Beach CaLL at 997-8000, ext. 6495.