California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills this month designed to help more students benefit from elements of the Long Beach College Promise. The Promise is a partnership among the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, Cal State Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. First formalized nearly 10 years ago, the partnership has helped thousands more students to prepare for and succeed in college.
Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1533, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, making the Long Beach College Promise Partnership Act a permanent program. This bill eliminates the June 30, 2017 sunset date for the Long Beach College Promise Partnership Act, which was adopted in 2011 and provides concurrent high school and Long Beach City College enrollment and priority registration guarantees at the community college for LBUSD students.
The program has helped to significantly increase the number of students completing college-level English and math courses. Gov. Brown also signed Assembly Bill 19, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. AB 19 means that the California College Promise is now part of state law.
AB 19 allows the leaders of participating colleges to eliminate or to reduce fees for new, full-time students for an entire academic year, including the summer session that precedes fall classes. The Long Beach College Promise already offers local students a free first year at Long Beach City College.
“We commend Gov. Brown’s support of a free first year of community college, which aligns with our local efforts through the Long Beach College Promise and will remove barriers for many more students,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said.