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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Schipske Praises Long Beach College Promise

Administration building on Carson St, Long Bea...
Administration building on Carson St, Long Beach, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Wilson Classical High School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Salutes LBUSD, LBCC, &CSULB On Working Together On Long Beach College Promise

Long Beach partnership to continue to make higher education a #1 Priority

(LONG BEACH, CA; March 19, 2012) – Former Long Beach City College Trustee and current Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today saluted the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC), and California State University at Long Beach, (CSULB) on the third year anniversary of their joint effort to provide every Long Beach student the  “Long Beach College Promise.”

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“Despite the financial difficulties facing our three education institutions, they are pledging to double their efforts as they begin the third year of this program to ensure every student in Long Beach who wants to go to college, can,” says Schipske, who also teaches part-time at CSULB. “They are to be commended for their efforts to continue to make higher education a top priority in Long Beach.”

All three educational institutions are working together to improve college preparation, access and completion for members of the greater Long Beach community. The Long Beach College Promise is combination of financial rewards (a semester of free community college tuition) and admission preferences for Long Beach Unified students, college education classes for parents, and college preparation courses for Long Beach Unified seniors.

Schipske points out that the Long Beach College Promise came from the Long Beach Seamless Education Partnership that was launched in 1994 when she was President of the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees. “The Partnership was established to ensure that all students would progress smoothly through the education systems and into the workforce.” 

 “This concept came from the community through  variety of efforts, including the School to Work Transition Project that helped identify what was needed for students to be able to complete their schooling and to be prepared to become teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District,” Schipske adds.

“We need to continue to support these efforts to make the educational system in Long Beach the best in the nation.##
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