Board also told LBCC will hire 27 new full-time teachers for Fall.

By Elizabeth Cheruto / Contributing Editor

After years of heated debate, the part-time teachers of LBCC were granted a 5 percent pay raise Tuesday, April 28, by the Board of Trustees.

The 5-0 vote by the Board in T1100 at the LAC followed pay cuts, layoffs, furloughs, pay freezes and stalled and controversial negotiations between the union of about 700 employees.

The settlement coincides with the announcement Monday by LBCC President Eloy Oakley that 44 positions were extended from 10 months to 12 months and three new positions added.

Also, Oakley announced Monday and at the Board meeting that the college will hire 27 full-time teachers to start this Fall. The increased staffing costs will total about $3.6 million, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Board also approved awarding dual associate degrees retroactive to Fall 2014, which means students may acquire an additional degree if they meet the requirements.

Also, John Pope, LBCC communications director, together with Tim McLarney of True North Research and Scott Summerfield of SAE Communications, presented to the board an LBCC assessment survey that said almost 36 percent of people have a “very favorable” view of the college. The random survey of about 1,800 people also revealed that nearly 61 percent listed LBCC first when asked to name a college or university.

The figure was more than double those who listed Cal State Long Beach first. The survey included about 25,000 phone calls, focus groups and 1-on-1 interviews and online results. McLarney called the positive results “phenomenally high.”

Summerville said the students in the focus group were “brutally honest” and listed challenged in addition to positive parts of the college.

The survery cost about $65,000.

Area 3 Trustee Sunny Zia had concerns about some results from the survey and asked for clarifications. She wanted to know if the survey is able to track the success rate of students whop graduate and especially those who try to enter the work force.

Oakley responded to her question, saying the college has no complete method to track students into employment.

Later in the meeting, Paul Creason, Dean of health, kinesiology, science and math, Ken Starkman, dean of career and technical education, and Jennifer Rodden, Dean of language arts, provided the Board a comprehensive report on credit-based career and technical education, which include 37 programs, 54 areas of emphasis and 180 degrees and certificates at the college.

David Lehman from the History and Political Science Department thanked the Board for approving his sabbatical leave. He informed the board, that it was a good opportunity for him to carry out intensive research.

Finally, Human Resources Vice resident Rose DelGaudio, support staff union president Thomas Hamilton and Academic Senate President Karen Kane presented to the board The LEAD Academy program. The project for employees is designed to increase professional and personal development, starting in August.