Aerospace company Boeing recently announced a $500,000 donation to the Long Beach College Promise as part of a larger $10.6 million donation to a group of 20 nonprofits working to address equity and social justice nationwide.
"With today's financial commitment to this group of nonprofit partners, we are hopeful that together, we can begin to make real advances in our ongoing pursuit of equality," said David Calhoun, Boeing president and CEO.
Since its inception in 2008, The Promise has earned national recognition for increasing educational and employment opportunities for young people. LBUSD’s partners on The Promise include Long Beach City College, Cal State Long Beach, the City of Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach.
Elements of The Promise have included increased access to early childhood education; college tours for 4th and 5th graders; a middle school pledge by students and parents committing to college readiness; a tuition-free first and second year at Long Beach City College; and guaranteed admission to Cal State Long Beach for qualifying students.
“Thank you, Boeing, for recognizing the value of The Promise and for helping us to commit with renewed urgency to advancing racial equity,” LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker said. “The College Promise attracts this kind of exemplary support because it has a nationally recognized track record of improving access to college and rewarding careers.”