One of the nation’s largest foundations, the Lumina Foundation, has awarded $600,000 to support collaboration among the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and other partners as they work to increase the success of Latino students here.
LBCC earned the grant as part a major nationwide project funded by Lumina.
Under the grant, LBCC will focus many of its efforts on the Long Beach College Promise. Through the College Promise, LBUSD administrators and high school teachers work with college faculty and staff to create clear pathways for students to follow as they move from one education institution to another. These pathways prepare LBUSD high school graduates to succeed in college. College Promise students also are guaranteed a tuition-free semester at LBCC, along with preferred admission to Cal State Long Beach after completing certain requirements.
Reports show that the College Promise reduces the need for college-level remediation while increasing student persistence rates.
Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America, and the grant is focused on the critical connection between their educational attainment and the future of the economy.
“If California is going to succeed and remain competitive, we must increase Latino graduation and transfer rates at our community colleges and universities,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Latinos make up the largest population of students at LBCC, and their success is critical to our local and state economies.”
Under the national project, Lumina will provide a total of $7.2 million over four years to 12 partnerships in 10 states with significant and growing Latino populations.
The Long Beach College Promise has been cited as a model education partnership by several education organizations and foundations.