By Joshua Miller/ Co-Editor In Chief/@joshuamiller8
Denise Jones, co-editor in chief of Viking News at LBCC, is in Washington D.C., today Thursday, March 17, to attend an education summit Thursday with LBCC President Eloy Oakley, other leaders and first lady Michelle Obama.
“Reach Higher is the first lady’s initiative to make Community College more affordable after high school,” Jones said. “I am very excited to meet her.”
A topic of discussion at the meeting will be the Long Beach College Promise, a program that was designed to improve college preparation, access and completion for students in Long Beach. Promise is a partnership between LBCC, Long Beach State, the Long Beach Unified School District and the City of Long Beach that was developed in 1994 to assist lower income students in attending college.
President Obama has proposed free Community College tuition nationwide. Community College in California was free until the early 1980s.
Jones’ trip is funded by Oakley’s office.