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On March 20, 2008, education leaders from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) announced and signed the Long Beach College Promise. The three education entities promise all LBUSD students the opportunity to receive a college education. Beginning in fall 2008, the Promise provides a variety of educational benefits and services including:
- A Tuition Free Semester at LBCC: As part of their Gateway to Greatness program, LBCC commits to providing a tuition-free year to LBUSD students.
- Guaranteed College Admission: CSULB commits to accepting all students who complete minimum college preparatory or minimum community college transfer requirements.
- Early and Continued Outreach: All three institutions will begin student and family outreach services in fourth grade and continue them through college to ensure college entrance requirements are fulfilled and students are successful.
- Multiple Pathway Support: All three institutions will support the various college pathways students may choose based on their personal situation and interests.
The Long Beach College Promise is part of the Academic and Career Success Initiative approved by the LBUSD Board of Education in September 2007 to provide as many college and career options as possible to all students. Central to the Initiative is the enhancement of the Seamless Education partnership between LBUSD, LBCC, and CSULB developed in the 1990’s to improve student achievement and teacher quality. Implementing the Long Beach College Promise is a major enhancement to this longstanding Seamless Education partnership.