Marcia Parker

Marcia Parker.

Long Beach City College has a new position, director of community relations and enrollment development, and with it, a new employee.

Marcia Parker began her role directing recruitment efforts and helping to implement the college's enrollment management plan in January. She previously was the assistant dean of admissions and founding director of admissions at Claremont Colleges, KGI School of Pharmacy.

“The director of community relations and enrollment development was created to help boost LBCC’s enrollment and better communicate the value of a college education to everyone in our community," Superintendent/President Reagan F. Romali said in a statement. "LBCC is here for everyone in our community, at all stages of adult life. We want people to consider LBCC first when it comes to community college. Marcia is going to help us raise awareness of what LBCC has to offer our community, from our degree and transfer programs to job training, trade certificates, business development and much more.”

Parker's career, spanning the country, has focused on enrollment, admissions and recruitment. She said she plans to use that at LBCC, with her goals including spreading the word about the college.

"It's a premier institution," Parker said. "I want to ensure the community understands that... It's important to embrace the community members and highlight what makes us most important."

She added she hit the ground running upon arriving at the college, attending community events to learn about Long Beach, as well as various academic programs to get to know the college. She said she'll create a spring travel schedule, where school representatives will visit high schools and college fairs to promote LBCC's presence and let students know they still can sign up for spring session for various programs. The tour starts next week, she said. 

"It's a collaborative effort with different departments," Parker said. "We're working toward enrollment."

Parker earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She's pursuing an education doctorate at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Seal Beach.

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