Strong presence at Bridging the Gap (BtG) fall convening

Publish Date: 
Sep 26, 2017

The first Bridging the Gap partnership convening occurred this past Thursday, September 21, 2017, at CSU Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Representatives from Hartnell, CSU Monterey Bay, MCOE, CSULB, Long Beach City College, and Long Beach Unified School District gathered to present and share ideas in student success. The purpose of the convening was to work together to build relationships, share knowledge about effective regional partnerships, and focus on strategies that can support successful transitions for students between high school and college. Day 1 consisted of discussing contextual factors that frame the work for the partnerships, including current reform efforts, principles of practice, levels for change, and constraints facing the partnerships. A dinner was hosted by CSULB at their Japanese Garden which is adjacent the campus.

Day 2’s objective was to learn about effective college transition practices, including Long Beach and Salinas Valley efforts in dual enrollment, summer bridge programs and “prep days.” The participants engaged in activities where they shared their practices and informed the group of their own work.

Representatives from the James Irvine Foundation were there to learn of the efforts we are making to improve student access and success. There is a possibility to earn up to $2.5 Million towards these efforts.

It was an honor for me to be there with Vice President of Advancement, Jackie Cruz; Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Romero Jalomo; VP of Information Technology, Dave Phillips; Dean of Student Affairs, Antonio Alarcon; Dean of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, Dr. Brian Lofman; Dean of Academic Affairs, Kathy Mendelsohn; Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations, Esmeralda Montenegro Owen; Director of TRiO, Manuel Bersamin; and Philanthropy Office, Ashton Clarke.