Romali state of the college

Reagan Ferragamo Romali, Ph.D. Superintendent-President Long Beach City College District delivers the State of the College address Thursday at a luncheon on campus in Long Beach.

Long Beach City College this fall will get a multicultural center and an office dedicated to helping students experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Those additions were among the announcements Superintendent-President Reagan Romali made during the 2019 State of the College event on Thursday, July 18. More than 150 leaders of the college and surrounding cities heard Romali laud the college’s recent achievements, including its largest graduating class this spring, and preview what’s to come.

That includes the office of basic needs, which will come to both of City College’s campuses and offer assistance for students with transportation, food and housing needs. The multicultural center will serve as a resource for students of color, the LGBTQ community and others. It does not have a set location yet.

Romali also announced that City College will bolster its trade programs, including construction technology, automotive technology, advanced transportation, engineering technology, welding and electrical.

“We must continually step up our game,” Romali said, “and evolve to meet the changing needs of our community, our businesses and our diverse student population.”

Romali also noted that May, during graduation, was a historic time for the college — having awarded 2,200 associate degrees, 1,300 transfers to universities and 800 certificates of achievement to students. But the biggest achievement for the class of 2019, she said, was the gain in graduation rates for its students of color.

Compared to last year, Latinx graduates increased by 26%, African American by 41%, Asian by 11% and students with disabilities by more than 90%.

Leaders also commended new programs and initiatives throughout the past school year, including the Long Beach College Promise 2.0, which gives Long Beach Unified School District students two years of free tuition and, if qualified, a guaranteed transfer to Cal State Long Beach. Romali also commended the board of trustees' vote to implement a preferred first name and pronoun policy for its LGBTQ students.

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