Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach will start a Dual Admission Program, also known as the Long Beach College Promise 2.0, for Long Beach Unified School District students in fall 2019.
Once accepted to CSULB, LBUSD students graduating in Spring 2019 who are interested in participating in the Long Beach College Promise 2.0 will be admitted to both CSULB and LBCC. Students will agree to take the first two years of coursework at LBCC, and then transfer to CSULB to complete the remainder of their bachelor’s degree.
By entering into the Dual Admission Program, LBUSD students would benefit by:
• Paying a lower tuition rate by attending LBCC, including free tuition for the first year;
• Earning up to two degrees with an associate degree from LBCC and a bachelor’s degree from CSULB;
• Ensuring a smooth transition from LBCC to CSULB. Students will be able to map out courses at both institutions. Students would also receive guidance from both LBCC counselors and CSULB academic advisors.
If they are accepted to CSULB, LBUSD students would have the opportunity to indicate their interest in participating in the Dual Admission Program and then enroll in LBCC for their first two years.
The new program was announced by officials from the participating institutions during an event at LBCC this week.
“With this announcement we begin an exciting new chapter for The Promise, and for local students,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said. “Dual admission at the community college and university, combined with additional academic support, will make a college education possible for many more students. We thank our Promise partners for creating greater opportunities for success in college and beyond.”
The university, the community college and the school district first committed to The Promise in 2008, extending the promise of a college education to every LBUSD student. The City of Long Beach and its Mayor’s Office joined the initiative in 2014. Since its inception, The Promise has served as a model for communities in California and across the nation to develop partnerships centered on student success.
“We are always looking at innovative ways that we can improve the College Promise,” LBCC Superintendent-President Reagan F. Romali said. “This truly takes the College Promise to a new level to make higher education more attainable for our Long Beach students.”
The Port of Long Beach recently joined as the newest partner in the Long Beach College Promise. As the first industry partner of The Promise, the Port will strengthen its partnerships with LBUSD, LBCC and CSULB to further their education outreach and workforce goals to prepare the next generation of leaders in the industry. The Port’s aim is to build awareness and understanding of the Port and the maritime industry, develop a skilled workforce that supports international trade and goods movement by creating career pathways and programs, train the trainer by ensuring that teachers and administrators have access to the maritime industry for curriculum development, and create an online hub that provides job and training resources, career profiles and opportunities to attend trade-related educational events.
The Promise includes efforts to align academic standards, teaching methods and student assessment across institutions to improve student achievement and teacher quality. The initiative has garnered recognition and attention by the White House, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California State Senate, and it has been modeled by many other communities in California, including Fresno, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco.
View the 10-year report on the College Promise at longbeachcollegepromise.org.