By John Fensterwald – Educated Guess

LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser, CSULB President, F. King Alexander, LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley with students; Arthur Hoskins, 5th grade student from Barton Elementary, Jennifer Rios, 2nd year LBCC student who graduated from Lakewood HS, Beverly Rodriguez, 2nd year CSULB student who graduated from Cabrillo HS.

Long Beach UnifiedLong Beach City College and Cal State University Long Beach are all straining under budget cuts. But today, the three will announce they will deepen their commitment to the Long Beach College Promise, a joint effort to encourage more students to enroll in college and to better prepare them to succeed in it.

Now entering its third year, the College Promise is a unique cooperative arrangement between a K-12 district and higher ed institutions. It’s a 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. Soon, it will include a new assessment of college readiness.

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