LBCC to Host Postsecondary Performance Panel Discussion Featuring Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

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Long Beach City College (LBCC), in association with the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, will present a new collaborative report commissioned by the CED entitled: Boosting California’s Postsecondary Performance. The presentation will feature a panel discussion on the findings of the report from statewide educators and policy makers on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. at the Liberal Arts Campus, Building T located at 4901 East Carson Street.

“This policy statement calls for new directions for California higher education, directions that recognize the need to educate and train greater numbers of Californians to higher levels of knowledge and skills,” said Lieutenant Governor Newsom. “The report points to new directions and collaborations to provide educational opportunities assuring economic competitiveness for the 21st century.”

The report highlights major demographic shifts in schools and working Californians; state-based opportunities in education; projected shortages of workers with education and training beyond high school; and financial barriers for students and families.

“California is at a tipping point with its educational infrastructure and there needs to be immediate and impactful change in direction, application and training to enable our current students to meet the demands and expectations of a modern workforce,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach City College. “As this report highlights, there are major changes taking place with our state’s population and demographics that will seriously impact our economy moving forward.”

As a premiere learning institution, Long Beach City College has a major stake in how the state addresses postsecondary issues. In addition to academic classes at LBCC, the college offers 40 career and technical education (CTE) programs, small business training and programs that advance economic development by providing start-up companies and entrepreneurs with training, counseling and funding through innovative and nationally recognized partnerships.

One excerpt from the report notes that California’s colleges and universities no longer produce all of the graduates with the necessary postsecondary education to ensure both our state’s prosperity and opportunities for individuals in the 21st century. The report also examines the state of California’s higher education framework providing recommendations for improvements.

The Lt. Governor will serve as the keynote speaker at the release event. Presenters and panelists include Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach City College District Superintendent-President; Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company; Trustee, Committee for Economic Development; Patrick M. Callan (Moderator), President, Higher Education Policy Institute; Lou Anne Bynum, Executive Vice President, Long Beach City College; Susan Crockett, RN Director, Clinical Workforce Development Long Beach Memorial & Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach; David Dowell Interim Provost & Senior Vice President, California State University, Long Beach; and Alma Salazar Vice President, Education & Workforce Development LA Area Chamber of Commerce.

About The Committee for Economic Development (CED)
The Committee for Economic Development is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues. CED’s work centers on the pursuit of seven core principles: sustainable capitalism, long-term economic growth, efficient fiscal & regulatory policy, competitive & open markets, globally competitive workforce, equal economic opportunity, and non-partisanship in the nation’s interest. CED’s research falls under four issue areas: fiscal health, education, global competitiveness, and democratic institutions. Learn more about CED online at, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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