LBCC Joins New ‘Promises That Count’ Initiative to Strengthen College Promise Programs

Long Beach City College (LBCC) has been selected as one of seven Los Angeles County community colleges to launch the Los Angeles County “Promises that Count” initiative, the college announced Monday.

Selected by the California College Promise Project, at the nonprofit research, development and education service agency WestEd, LBCC will receive $30,000 to strengthen its programs related to the Long Beach College Promise, including early interventions programs, according to the release.

The funds will also be used to increase the presence of LBCC counselors at high schools within the Long Beach Unified School District.

LBCC and the six other community colleges selected—Cerritos College, College of the Canyons, Los Angeles Community College District, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo Community College and El Camino Community College District—are now part of the “Community of Practice” cohort.

With representatives from K-12, postsecondary education and local civic, nonprofit and business leaders, the group will assist with the creation of a framework that other state community colleges can implement to start their own College Promise programs. The group will meet over a 15-month period to look at aligning College Promise programs with existing student support initiatives, according to the release.

“LBCC has been at the forefront of College Promise efforts and we’re proud to be selected as one of the first community colleges to initiate the Los Angeles County Promises that Count program,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Reagan F. Romali in a statement. “We’re looking forward to sharing our 10 years of experience and discuss best practices, strategies and solutions with our other Promises that Count awardees.”

The initiative is a result of a partnership between WestEd, the Campaign for College Opportunity and UNITE-LA.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.