BESST Welcomes New Freshman Cohorts As Program Enters Its Seventh Year

BESST students complete exerciseIncoming engineering freshman Anaya Blade is no stranger to California State University Long Beach. She attended high school at the nearby SATO Academy of Mathematics and Science, and has been participating in Future Girls at the Beach since her freshman year of high school and in the National Society of Black Engineers since she was a junior.

In mid-August, she was among more than three dozen members of the incoming cohort of the CSULB Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) to attend the Engineering Summer Academy, a five-day program that exposes them to professional engineers and strategies for achieving success at university. Continue reading “BESST Welcomes New Freshman Cohorts As Program Enters Its Seventh Year”

POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’

Dean Golshani, Mario Cordero, and Nicole Forrest Boggs
Dean Forouzan Golshani, left, with Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero and Director of Development Nicole Forrest Boggs.

Mario Cordero remembers what it was like to graduate high school and walk onto a large and unfamiliar campus preparing to study engineering. His father had immigrated from Mexico and worked at a manufacturing plant in Compton. His mother spoke little English.

“Neither one of my parents had gone to college,” said Cordero, now executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “The only professionals we came into contact with were engineers.”

His father suggested he study engineering. “Here I was—12 years old and I wanted to be a baseball player or a musician. Engineering was kind of foreign to me,” he told students enrolled in the CSULB BESST Engineering Summer Academy. Continue reading “POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’”