Decades of Support
The City of Long Beach’s Main Library recently was named after tennis legend and Poly High School alumna Billie Jean King. She said the honor was on par with receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, and she referenced her remarks after receiving the medal:
“As President Obama placed the Medal around my neck, I thought about the people of Long Beach,” she told the Washington Post after the 2009 ceremony. “From my school friends, to the teachers and the local school system, to the men and women of the Long Beach Tennis Patrons and the Long Beach Century Club, there are so many who have been supportive of me and our family for more than six decades. I share this wonderful honor with the people of Long Beach.”
“Fortunately, some California communities, notably Long Beach, are focusing increasingly on skills education. Well-developed linkages between schools such as California State University Long Beach, Long Beach public schools and Long Beach City College with companies such as Virgin Orbit and Toyota, provide a uniquely aligned cradle-to-career learning environment,” write Chapman University Distinguished Fellow Joel Kotkin and doctoral student Doug Havard in a recent, widely published commentary article. Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman. Havard is a Ph.D. student at Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies.
“The Long Beach Education Partnership, a coalition of leaders between the three local educational institutions and industries, was developed in the early 1990s to stimulate economic growth and build regional skills capacity,” the co-authors continued.
“Through initiatives such as the Maritime Center of Excellence and the Center for Community and Industry Partnerships at Long Beach City College, the coalition continues to build innovative models for skills-based education aligned to in-demand industry jobs.”