LBCC State of The College Highlights Student Success, Goals for 2016

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(left to right): LBCC faculty member Trisha Chambers, Markel Cooper, Martel Cooper, President Oakley and LaVerne Duncan, executive director of Andy Street Community Association.

(left to right): LBCC faculty member Trisha Chambers, Markel Cooper, Martel Cooper, President Oakley and LaVerne Duncan, executive director of Andy Street Community Association.

Nearly 450 community members, elected officials, Long Beach City College faculty and staff attended the annual “State of the College” address Friday, Feb. 5. LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s speech included recent success stories from students and faculty, the latest from LBCC’s economic development programs, and a look ahead at the College’s goals for 2016 and beyond.

In today’s State of the College address, Oakley said that LBCC has undertaken a number of significant reforms aimed at accelerating students’ time to completion. The College’s goal, Oakley said, is to increase the number of students who earn certificates and reduce the time it takes for them to do it. LBCC’s transfer degrees are a critical part of the guided pathway model. LBCC awarded 463 transfer degrees last year, which was 10th best in the state.

“At the rate we are adding new programs, we will move up to the top five in no time,” said Oakley. “Transfer degrees are also reducing the average number of unnecessary classes that students take by a whole semester. Or another way to look at it, it gets them six months closer to transferring and entering the workforce.”

Other highlights from the State of the College address:

  • President Oakley highlighted the accomplishments of LBCC students Markel and Martel Cooper, twin brothers who grew up in one of Long Beach’s most notorious neighborhoods, Andy Street. The first-generation college students overcame obstacles and are on track to graduate this spring with transfer degrees in Kinesiology.
  • LBCC now has its own weather station, thanks to the work of instructor Kim Hatch, who designed the station to support student learning in his weather and climate courses. He has become a “go to” expert in the media for news coverage about El Niño.
  • The student newspaper, the Viking, led by faculty advisor Pat McKean, was recognized as the best community college newspaper in the state.
  • LBCC expanded the Long Beach College Promise scholarship from one tuition-free semester to a full academic year. The Long Beach College Promise was cited by the White House as a model for America’s College Promise, which was introduced by President Obama early last year.
  • LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus is now home to one of the premiere culinary arts facilities in all of Southern California, with seven instructional kitchens, and a student run restaurant and bakery counter in Building V.
  • The Southern California Small Business Development Center, headquartered at LBCC, provided free or low-cost business consulting, coaching and training to nearly 4,000 small business owners last year. These efforts led to the creation nearly 300 new businesses, about 1,400 new jobs, and $117 million in capital infusion to those businesses.

Other speakers during the State of the College address included Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Douglas Otto, LBCC Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum and LBCC Academic Senate President Karen Kane.

The video of the 2016 State of the College address will be posted in the next few days on LBCC’s website.

About Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of over 25,000 students each semester. The education program’s primary purpose is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into work or career development, and to support businesses in economic development. Long Beach City College serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon. Long Beach City College promotes equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities. Visit for more information on Long Beach City College.


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