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College Promise In Christmas Parade

Published: December 5, 2016

Reinforcing ties to the Long Beach community, the Long Beach College Promise joined with Molina Healthcare, Inc. to participate in the Dec. 3 Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Representatives from both entities rode in a classic convertible Lincoln Continental as the 34th annual parade journeyed down and back up East Second Street in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood.

“Local parades are a fun way to engage the community and celebrate the many benefits of the Long Beach College Promise,” said California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) President Jane Close Conoley. “We are excited to partner with Molina Healthcare to extend the promise of a college education to all Long Beach youth and to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.”

The Long Beach College Promise extends the promise of a college education to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District to create a more vibrant community. This innovative and award-winning initiative is transforming the lives of students and the city’s economic future by placing higher education within reach for all.

The Promise aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life. Fueling The Promise is a dynamic partnership between Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC), CSULB and the City of Long Beach.

Joined this year by new partner Molina Healthcare, Inc., The Promise creates a culture of college expectation, increases college readiness and improves graduation rates among Long Beach students and raises the education attainment rates of the entire Southern California region.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade this year with The Long Beach College Promise. Our parents started off as schoolteachers so education has always been an important value to us,” said John Molina, Chief Financial Officer for Molina Healthcare. “We are committed not only to providing access to high-quality health care to the underserved, but also in creating a healthier community here. Long Beach has been home to my family and me for many years and to our company for more than three decades. We will continue to support local efforts that improve our city’s health and wellbeing.”

For more information about how the Long Beach College Promise is improving opportunities for students throughout the greater Long Beach area, please click here.

–Michael Uhlenkamp