Students Flock to LBCC and CSULB as Fall Semester Begins

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Photos by Nicholas Noell

Summer has ended for over 60,000 university students this week as Monday Aug. 26 marked the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year for Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Campuses were bustling with students striding between first-day classes, congesting morning traffic.

LBCC students were greeted on their first day by two new retrofitted buildings, one at each of the college's campuses. Building A at the Liberal Arts Campus was re-dedicated earlier this month with an additional 5,7775 square-feet of space. The structure was originally built in 1940 and houses the one-stop Student Services Center. Building CC at the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) is also being used for the first time this week. Construction finished just a few weeks ago on the Pacific Coast Highway-facing structure, which is the new home to kinesiology and physical education, and also is home to a new fitness center.

LBCC welcomed its faculty and staff Aug. 23 with the annual College Day, a celebration LBCC's 86th academic year.

Though classes started Monday, the college experience began for many CSULB freshmen, transfer and international students on Aug. 24 with dorm move-in day. After carrying loads of belongings to their new home for the semester, crowds of students ate and socialized among lunch trucks.

For Long Beach Unified school District, school begins for approximately 80,000 students next Wednesday, Sept. 4. Parents are encouraged to review start times for their children's school due to last March's Board of Education approval of revised 2013-14 school schedules.



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