My priorites for LBCC
Keeping the Promise to Our Students
Our students have entrusted us with their future and our #1 goal at the College is doing everything we can to help them succeed. This means obtaining their Associates Degree and enrolling in a four-year institution, or a certificate that moves them on to a good paying career. This is a team effort involving the hard work of our faculty and staff, as well as our counselors and job placement personnel.
Putting Students First
Now more than ever we need to be there for our students. The abillity to access quality reliable internet is not a luxury, it is a requirement to participate in nearly every service the College offers. The College must be there to help students get low-cost reliable internet access and work as an active partner with the City of Long Beach in their digital inclusion efforts. While the City College Campus remains the only internet source for many of our students, we have to make sure we are providing safe areas for them to use.
Building Tomorrow's Workforce
The economy is changing in real time. That was true before COVID-19 but is even more volatile now. City College needs to expand its offerings in the technical trades to offer everyone in our community a pathway to a good-paying in-demand job whether or not they want to attend a 4-year university. Some of our highest paying jobs are beggin for more employees. City College should provide that training and work with employeers and unions on job placement.
An Open and Inclusive Campus
While inequities in our system are not new, they have been highlighted in recent months. I know I still have a lot to learn. But I believe the first step towards a solution is making the community an active part of the desicion making process. We need students, faculty, staff, and the community to help ensure that our curriculum, our hiring policies, our public safety measures, and all of the College's operations are in pursuit of creating equity, not hindering it.
We only have a certain number of dollars coming into the College’s treasury, and we must make certain that we are achieving our strategic objectives with these limited dollars. We have to prioritize faculty, staff, student resources, and facilities to assure student success.
Faculty and Staff Morale
We must attract the finest faculty and staff to our institution, but even more critical is the need to retain them, make certain they are paid fairly, have good benefits and work in a productive environment. If the faculty and staff are happy their enthusiasm for the College will transfer to our students and they, too, will be happy and achieve success. This comes from stable and experienced leadership at the top of the College.
Telling the LBCC Story
The College is a family and I see promotion of the College within our community as one of the vital roles of a Trustee. I see us as student recruiters, and I see us encouraging alumni to be more involved at the College – as mentors, employers, and donors. The Trustees can work effectively with residents in the community to add donors to our Foundation so that we have the resources to run a top rated college.