CCPE debuted the Pre-College Summer Academy this year, a dual-enrollment program where high school juniors and seniors each received three units of college credit at CSULB, at no cost. Through a partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), 28 students participated by taking one of two available courses: Introduction to Public Speaking and Introduction to Acting. Transportation was provided by LBUSD to bus the students to campus on weekday mornings from July 9 through August 2, adding up to 48 hours of class time and a head start on college. The initiative was inspired by the Long Beach College Promise, launched in 2008 to offer more support for students throughout their educational journey.

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“There are three factors that led to my decision to choose CSULB’s Master of Public Administration (MPA): the price, reputation, and flexibility,” said Leslie Frausto Fernandez, who graduated from the program in Spring 2018.

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​Miles Winston, a research assistant at CITT who recently earned  his Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) degree, was selected as the METRANS Tier 1 University Transportation Center award winner earlier this year. The national award honors students who have shown exemplary work in and out of the classroom.

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IMG-0467_600.jpgUber and Lyft are great for catching a ride, but what if you prefer to stay behind the wheel? That’s where Turo can get you up to speed. Since 2009, the company has allowed car owners to rent their vehicle out at a much lower rate than rental car companies like Enterprise or Hertz. For one CSULB student, Turo has also turned into a lucrative source of extra income

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PHOTO: Professor Aparna Nayak and CSULB Spring Study Abroad students in Strasbourg, France

CSULB University Honors instructor and Professor of French Literature, Professor Aparna Nayak, led 13 students from various majors on a Spring Study Abroad trip to Paris, Brussels and Strasbourg this past March. Nayak’s capstone seminar course was intended to broaden and deepen students' perspectives on contemporary European society through the seven-day international trip. Students conducted multiple interviews and held discussions with organizations including the EU Commission, the EU Committee of the Regions, the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organizations (UNPO), Utopia 56, European Parliament, and the Council of Europe.

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PHOTO: CSULB Criminal Justice students in safety suits with BCIT instructors and Canadian Royal Mounted Police in Vancouver

Last summer in Vancouver, during their first day of class, CSULB students came upon a crime scene. It involved a helicopter crash, a white powder, a cell phone, body parts, and other grisly evidence.
The scenes were fake, but the news was real: eight students from the Criminal Justice department were on a Short-Term Study Abroad trip focused on Comparative Forensic Sciences. The scenario had been expertly staged for educational purposes by CSULB’s partner university, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which provided students with hands-on experience in classifying evidence, documenting clues, preparing items for lab exams, and eventually, solving crimes.
In the following days, course lectures focused on subjects related to the crime scene, including forensic toxicology, fingerprinting, drug and firearm analysis, DNA testing, GPS data, and more. The group also visited six Canadian criminal justice agencies and universities to observe their practices. Each lecture helped students to eventually solve the crime in question at the end of their two-week trip.
“I strongly believe the comparative perspectives and experiences of forensic science will enhance our students in finding jobs, continuing graduate studies, and pursuing oversea careers,” said Zheng Wang, CSULB’s Comparative Forensic Sciences instructor.
The final day of class featured a mock trial, with students given roles of group leader, DNA expert, and witness. Students also provided forensic evidence in court against real Canadian attorneys.
“Being able to see, touch, and hear everything that goes on in the field instead of reading or hearing it during a lecture was such a valuable lesson for me,” said CSULB student Stephanie Tran. “This study abroad trip pushed me to be sure that this was what I wanted to do as my career for the rest of my life.”

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