LBCC President Oakley Highlights Advancements at Annual State of the College Presentation
2014-02-03 · By Editor
Long Beach City College (LBCC) President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, announced advancements and new developments in light of the improving budget picture at the seventh Annual State of the College Friday.
After years of significant budget challenges, Oakley announced the hiring of 14 new full-time faculty members and the development of new programs to support student success.
President Oakley also presented updated metrics associated with LBCC’s signature Promise Pathways program that presents high school seniors with a defined academic route using their grades earned in high school for placement in college courses, abandoning traditional standardized testing which has restricted student progress while attending community college.
The program was launched in the fall of 2012 and has shown significant gains for students and surprising outcomes in its first full year of reporting. Highlights of the program include:
- Significant increase in the number and percentage of student who successfully completed transfer-level English and math in their first year (Promise Pathway student’s one-year success rates exceeded the completion rates of six years by non-program students).
- An increase of access and entry into transfer-level courses by all demographic groups (with significant gains by Latino and African-American students).
“The Promise Pathways program has made tremendous strides in advancing local area students and moving them closer to their goals,” said Oakley. “The results of the program have caught the attention of institutions and foundations across the nation and LBCC has been recognized for its efforts to increase achievement through a simple formula of student preparation and successful academic planning.”
College Advancement and Economic Development
LBCC has had significant achievements in educating, training and helping small business owners growth their business and our local economy. Key to this success are partnerships with Goldman Sachs’s, 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the newly announced Innovation Fund SoCal.
Notable metrics include:
10,000 Small Businesses
- Nine Cohorts completed
- Over 220 small business owners graduated
- 63 percent of program alumni report revenue increases; 47 percent report ability to create new job opportunities.
- Over $100 million in capital infusion for small business owners and entrepreneurs
- More than 2,300 jobs created
- 355 new business launches and an increase in program participant sales by more than $195 million
LBCC, also recently announced the launch of its Innovation Fund SoCal program to aid high growth technology industries to assist with the creation of high paying careers and to support the local economy.
Additional coverage during the State of the College will focus on new construction and building upgrades at both campus locations and the presentation of 2014 Student Success Awards.
“The efforts and diligence of faculty and administrators alike has brought about new possibilities for LBCC in the coming months,” added Oakley. “We have been actively focused on new construction and renovation projects that will serve the needs of both students and faculty. This is in addition to our continued efforts to upgrade and deliver programs and classes that elevate students towards graduation, transfer or workforce entrance with the skills they need to succeed.”