Assemblymember O’Donnell Salutes Long Beach College Promise Partners as Recipients of $5 Million Education Leadership Award

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) congratulated The Long Beach College Promise as the prizewinner of Governor Jerry Brown’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education.

A partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach, The Long Beach College Promise was awarded the top $5 million prize in recognition of the partners’ outstanding initiatives to increase the number of bachelor degrees awarded, ease state education transfers and ensure students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.

“We are delighted that Governor Brown has recognized how the strength of this partnership, across different institutions, is leading to greater success among our students as they complete their education goals,” said Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “As we expand the vision of the Long Beach College Promise to meet President Obama’s challenge in his proposal for America’s College Promise, this prize will help us get to the next level.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell noted The Long Beach College Promise earned the highest score among the state’s 58 applicants and emphasized what the prize would mean for the program’s future.

“It is a proud day for the Long Beach education community,” stated O’Donnell. “What started as an effort to increase success rates for local students has evolved into an innovative model for the entire state. The newly awarded funds will now help The Long Beach College Promise build upon their tremendous progress.”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.