Internship Opportunities Increase by 50% for Long Beach Students

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In his second State of the City address, on January 13, Mayor Robert Garcia will announce that internships for Long Beach students have been increased by 50% in the past year. This puts the City ahead of schedule for meeting the Mayor’s goal of doubling internships in his first term, a commitment that came as part of the City’s partnership in the Long Beach College Promise.

“Education is the most important investment we can make to boost economic development, and I’m extremely proud that we’ve been able to extend so many new internship opportunities to our young people so quickly,” said Mayor Garcia. “We could not have done it without our great partners at LBUSD, LBCC, and CSULB as well as the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, Long Beach CALL, and our partners in the business community, including Molina Healthcare. I’m very thankful for all of their hard work and leadership.”

Internship opportunities in Long Beach numbered approximately 1,500 when Garcia took office. Since then, more than 750 new internships have been created for high school and community college students.

The Mayor will also discuss the creation of 800 additional preschool seats across the city in the last year by LBUSD, and set new targets for achieving universal preschool by partnering with LBUSD and private providers.

Wednesday’s speech will also be the first Long Beach State of the City address translated into other languages. Speakers of Tagalog, Khmer, and Spanish who attend the event at the Terrace Theater will be able to use free headsets to hear real-time translation of the Mayor’s speech. An American Sign Language interpreter will also be present to translate for members of the audience who are hearing impaired. Funding for these translation services comes out of the Language Access Program that was included in the Mayor’s budget.

The State of the City speech begins at 6 pm on Wednesday at the Terrace Theatre, with a pre-event including music and food trucks starting at 5.

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