Long Beach City College students get a unique ‘Promise’

Transfering to Long Beach State from a local community college just became that much easier. A late night brainstorming session between Long Beach City College Superintendent President Reagan F. Romali and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser turned into what is now the possible future for LBCC students — the Guaranteed Admission Program. “We all knew that what we'd envisioned in that room, at that moment, was going to change lives forever,” Romali said. Romali and other partners of the Guaranteed Admission Program, also known as the Long Beach College Promise 2.0, met Wednesday at the college to discuss updating the program and the benefits it will bring to students beginning in spring 2019. The newest version of the College Promise program will provide students who have successfully completed lower division courses at LBCC with priority class registration at LBCC, a guaranteed transition from LBCC to Long Beach State, free tuition for their first year at LBSU, reduced tuition thereafter and a student ID card from both colleges. According to LBSU President Jane Close Conoley, the benefits of the program, such as the LBSU ID card, are to provide a welcoming environment for incoming LBCC students. "You

By | 2018-09-26T23:41:01-07:00 Sep 26, 2018 | 10:21 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Mathematics department eliminates remedial classes to promote student success

Skipping years of remedial coursework, incoming freshmen will soon be able to dive into college level mathematics courses during their first year at Long Beach State. Chancellor Timothy White issued Executive Order 1110, which called for a complete remodeling of remedial coursework and went into effect Aug. 2, 2017. The goal of the order was to help students begin credit-bearing courses in math and English in their first year of enrollment. “This represents a new chapter for the CSU,” said James Minor, CSU senior strategist for academic success and inclusive excellence. “All incoming students, including those who arrive in need of additional academic support, will now have the opportunity to complete college-level credit-bearing courses on day one.” CSUs had until fall 2018 to implement the new courses, and the LBSU math department was ready for the remedial classes adjustment. “We are actually way ahead,” said Krzysztof Slowinski, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Natural Sciences. “Before we even knew about the executive order, we started working with our faculty [on new courses]. Our faculty felt that there was a need to change the remedial education.” The group that dealt with the math requirement redesign consisted of faculty

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Legal woes raise questions over LBCC Hall of Champions inductee

Cal State Long Beach faculty member Richard Foster will be inducted into the Long Beach City College “Hall of Champions” along with seven other former athletes, despite accusations from a former nationally-ranked swimmer he  represented in the past. The award is meant to “recognize individuals and teams who have developed these skills and contributed to the outstanding accomplishments of the LBCC Athletic Program,” according to the college’s athletic’s website. A former president of USA Water Polo and a national name in aquatic sports, Foster has been a faculty member of Cal State Long Beach for almost two decades, and will be teaching a sports ethics class next fall in the kinesiology department. In 1970, Foster led the Vikings’ water polo team to a state championship and went on to compete at CSULB in the same sport. He would serve a number of high-profile positions in the aquatic sporting world, including the President of the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Water Polo for over a decade. However, some in the community have raised concerns about this honor. Dagny Knutson, a former student athlete he represented, said she believes Foster misled her into taking a subpar contract, according to

By | 2018-03-22T20:04:29-07:00 Mar 22, 2018 | 7:46 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

LBCC’s art gallery presents ‘Drawn from Clay’

The gallery’s white walls are decorated with paintings, sculptures and video projections emanating with Mexico, Central and South American influence. With numerous museums scattered across the Los Angeles area, “Drawn from Clay” shines a spotlight on the many contributions Latinx culture and traditions have played in the advancement of the arts. After the Sept. 13 opening of SUR:biennial’s “Drawn from Clay” exhibition, a reception took place last Wednesday at Long Beach City College’s art gallery to allow students and contributing artists to appreciate and discuss the rich history and culture embedded in the art. LBCC is one of seven institutions in the greater Los Angeles area taking part in the fourth SUR:biennial, a conglomeration of exhibits inviting local artists of any nationality who have been influenced by Latino culture and artistic traditions to showcase their work. “I narrowed my show down to people who either work from clay, draw from clay or combine it with another material,” said LBCC’s Art Gallery Director Trevor Norris. Norris invited artists to contribute to the exhibit with works ranging across different mediums such as paint, sculpture and performance art. The four artists showcased included Yolanda Gonzalez, Wayne Perry, Fay Ray and Armando Cortes. With