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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Introduction to Public Speaking was taught by Dr. Ann Johnson, chair of the Communication Studies department, to help students become more comfortable speaking in front of diverse audiences. Introduction to Acting was taught by Sky Paley, a CSULB alum and professional actor.

“I watched my students embark on a journey that fundamentally changed them and left them filled with a deeper understanding of the core principals of acting, with a desire and curiosity to learn more,” said Paley.

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