• Long Beach Partners Create Career Pathways to Teaching

  • The Long Beach College Promise benefits students through many levels of their education—even supporting their entry into the teaching workforce, thanks to partners’ efforts to strengthen the pipeline and develop profession-ready graduates. Eloy Oakley of Long Beach City College says the state teacher shortage prompted his college to collaborate on a direct transfer pathway with California State University, Long Beach, which was already a strong partner in the Promise. “My ideal first-year teaching experience would look a lot like what I’m doing now,” says Jessica Matson, a teacher candidate in the university’s UTEACH residency program. Education Dean Shireen Pavri says UTEACH residents are “highly competitive” in the job market.