The Early College model is a strategically designed educational program allowing students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree, or up to two years of college credit, by taking a mixture of high school and college courses.
At Browning, students can earn up to 60 college credits by graduation. Credits can be transferred to many degrees or colleges. Courses can be taken at Browning, both LBCC campuses (Liberal Arts and Pacific Coast) or online.
In addition, students can enroll and earn a degree through the Hospitality Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway. The associate degree pathway will prepare students with the skills and confidence required to pursue careers in the culinary arts and hospitality industries and successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.
The pathway offers students learning opportunities beyond classroom instruction, such as on-site hospitality tours, chef demonstrations, job fairs and even competitions and volunteer opportunities to practice their new skills
All courses in the pathway are taught by faculty and industry experts with decades of experience. A commercial kitchen and herb garden were two of many amenities built specifically for the pathway during the recent construction of the Browning campus, which is one of LBUSD’s newest schools.
Possible careers in culinary arts and hospitality include: baker, caterer, chef, executive chef, food and beverage manager, food service manager, food stylist, hotel manager, line cook, pastry chef, personal chef or a sous chef.
According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the culinary arts and hospitality industries will experience some of the greatest job growth in the coming years.
Any LBUSD high school student can enroll at Browning Early College at no cost. All completed courses will fulfill high school A-G requirements, LBCC associate degree requirements and California State University and University of California general education, transfer and major requirements.
The class of 2024 will be the first to graduate from Browning Early College. Across the nation, Early College students are more likely to earn a college degree after high school. Dual enrollment at LBCC is also offered to any LBUSD junior or senior through the districtwide Early College Pathway Program.
Learn more at lbschools.net/browning.