The Long Beach Adult Education Consortium (LBAEC) includes two member institutions, Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach Community College District.
Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) is located in Los Angeles County, an area with a population just under 10 million people, making it one of the largest and most culturally diverse regions in the nation. LBCCD, which first opened its doors in 1927 to 503 students, is now one of the oldest and largest of California’s public, open enrollment community colleges. LBCCD, with over 24,000 students enrolled each semester, is a large single-college, two-campus district within California’s 112 community colleges (Liberal Arts/LAC and Pacific Coast/PCC campuses).
More than 80% of LBCCD’s students are of color, with 53% of the student body self-reporting as Hispanic and 28% reporting as African American, Asian, Filipino or Pacific Islander. Approximately 47% of LBCCD’s students are recipients of need-based financial support and 24% of LBCCD’s students are age 30 or older. As seen across the State, budget cuts are reducing adults’ options for learning English, earning their GED or high school diploma, and training for jobs. 1 Following State trends, LBCCD’s Adult Education has been negatively impacted.
|Below the Poverty Line||30.8%|
|Over 25 Years Old, without a Diploma||19.7%|
|English as a Second Language (ESL)||41.6%|
|Adults with Disabilities||10.1%|
|Non-Naturalized U.S. Citizens||14.3%|
|Adults with Low Literacy||15.9%|
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), which serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and the third largest school district in California, serving 81,000 students in 84 schools. The employs approximately 4,900 certificated employees and approximately 3,100 classified employees and is the largest employer in the City of Long Beach. LBUSD’s student population is highly diverse: Hispanic 51.6%, African American 17.1%, Asian 8.1%, White/Caucasian 6.1%, Filipino 3.7%, Pacific Islander 1.9.% and American Indian 0.2%; English Learners 25%; and 9% receiving special education services. Approximately 70% of LBUSD’s student population is eligible for free/reduced lunch. Although the number and variety of Adult Education programs at the Long Beach School for Adults (LBSA) has been greatly reduced, it continues to provide several strong educational programs in support of the Greater Long Beach Community. Currently, LBSA’s adult education offerings include HiSET Testing (which replaced the GED at LBSA), a HiSET Preparation program (offering instructional support to help students prepare for the state’s new HiSET Examination), an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and two job training courses through its Certified Nursing Assistant and Careers in Animal Care programs.
Both LBUSD and LBCCD recognize the need to collaborate with community stakeholders and regional service providers to address the significant gap that has been exacerbated by the closure of a number of offerings across both institutions.
The LBAEC will build on a long history of collaboration between the two member organizations. Specifically, the consortium will leverage three foundational partnership efforts currently in place:
The Long Beach College Promise. On March 20, 2008, education leaders from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCCD) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) announced and signed the Long Beach College Promise. The three education entities promise all LBUSD students the opportunity to receive a college education. Beginning in fall 2008, the Promise provides a variety of educational benefits and services including: A Tuition Free Semester at LBCCD, Guaranteed College Admission, Early and Continued Outreach, Multiple Pathways Support. Central to the Initiative is the enhancement of the Seamless Education partnership between LBUSD, LBCC, and CSULB developed in the 1990’s to improve student achievement and teacher quality. Implementing the Long Beach College Promise is a major enhancement to this longstanding Seamless Education partnership. The newly established LBAEC will be able to leverage several benefits from this long-standing partnership, most notably the trust and communication structures already in place. The guiding principle of this partnership places the student at the center of the discussions, not individual institutions. This focus, from the top down, allows for open and productive dialogues that support aligned efforts across institutions and sets the foundation for this collaborative.
LBCALL. Long Beach Collaborative to Advance Linked Learning (LBCALL) is an intermediary non-profit organization, developed by the three educational institutions, LBUSD, LBCCD, and CSULB that serves as a broker between education and the business community. This new venture exemplifies the collaborative foundation that exists between the partners. Recognizing the competitive and duplicative nature of individual education partners approaching business, a joint vision for engaging industry and community stakeholders was identified and a non-profit backbone organization was established. This effort is an intentional recognition that a silo approach confuses industry partners and negatively impacts opportunities for students overall. The new model, developed over the past two years, has already begun to engage industry, community stakeholders, and regional workforce development partners.
Senate Bill 650. LBCCD and LBUSD jointly sponsored Senate Bill 650 – The Long Beach College Promise Partnership Act to accelerate achievement through more effective career pathways and to improve preparation for college level coursework. The Act lifts restrictions on the number of students allowed to participate in concurrent or dual enrollment courses, expands the types of courses in which they can participate and enables LBCCD to change enrollment priorities to support these programs. This effort exemplifies the ability and desire of both institutions to work collaboratively to bring about systemic reform to support student success. This also highlights the level of commitment each institution has to effective and meaningful career pathway development. This collaboration sets the foundation for the current planning work.
In summary, the foundation established, as outlined in the partnership work above, sets the stage for a joint focus on expanding pathway development to support our community’s adult populations in an aligned and efficient manner.
Long Beach School for Adults (LBSA)
Long Beach School for Adults (LBSA) is the adult ed organization of our Unified School district member.
Founded in 1913 as part of the Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach School for Adults (LBSA) is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Each year at LBSA, students earn their High School Equivalency certificates through LBSA programs.
The Long Beach School for Adults also offers a full compliment of English as a Second Language Language (ESL) courses, solid job skills courses, an excellent High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and HiSET preparation program, various special and personal interest classes, and so much more. Read more about LBSA
The list of our potential consortium partners
- Ability First
- Centro Community Hispanic Association
- Conservation Corps
- Covenant Presbyterian Church
- CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education
- CSULB Educational Opportunity Center
- Dream Center
- Disabled Resources Center
- Employment Development Department
- Goodwill (Southern Los Angeles County)
- Harbor Regional Center
- Hillside Enterprises
- Long Beach Community Action Partnership
- Long Beach Job Corps
- Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition
- Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership
- Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
- The United Cambodian Center of Long Beach, CA (UCC)
1 Snyder, Stephanie. “Adult Education Programs See Major Cuts in State’s Largest Districts.” California Watch.June 2012.