My Priorities —
Improving LBCC Student Success Rates
It’s currently taking 6 years for 40% of students to finish their studies at LBCC and only 15% complete in 2 years. These low graduation and certificate completion rates deny students the opportunity to obtain good paying jobs and causes an increase in student loans. Uduak-Joe will reverse this trend by increasing student support services, expanding child care options, tutoring, re-evaluating remedial education classes, and increasing core class offerings.
Innovative Dual Degree Program
Uduak-Joe will lead the effort to start a new dual degree program for high school students to earn both their high school diplomas and AA degree at the same time. Students can go on two tracks, one for those with a plan to go on to a 4 year university and another to go on a vocational/career technical education program leading to a trade’s apprenticeship job now. This will lower student loan debt, accelerate graduation rates, grow enrollment, and advance students into the middle class quicker.
Universal Bus Pass for LBCC Students
Create a Universal or U-Pass public transit bus pass for all full-time students to take Long Beach Transit buses and Metro trains at no cost. This expanded mobility will help students to get to campus, improve access to jobs and internships, reduce the amount of cars on campus, and protect the environment by reducing air pollution.
Require Digital or Low Cost Textbooks
The price of text books is one of the largest and fastest growing costs for students today. As a trustee, Uduak-Joe will change the district policy to require for free or low cost books either in print or digital versions for students to reduce student debt.
Create a Long Beach Trade Tech Campus
Establish a joint campus with LBCC and LBUSD focused on creating a regional construction and vocation job training center. Aligned with the National Building and Construction Trades Council Curriculum will bring additional outside resources and make LBCC a regional leader in vocational programs. Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) is a comprehensive pre-apprenticeship curriculum. Additionally, new vocational programs need to be evaluated to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. An interdisciplinary apprenticeship program in the Cannabis Industry focused on manufacturing, entrepreneurship, compliance, and safety can help place students into high paying technical career pathways. The focus on the full spectrum of career technical education and career pathways to middle class jobs will expand enrollment and bring economic opportunities to students and their families.
Increased Campus Safety to Prevent Gun Violence
With there recent school shootings at Virgina Tech, Sandy Hook, and Parkland, now is the time for sensible gun violence prevention action and increased mental health services to protect our students and our community. I will work to make LBCC a gun free zone and provide training on active shooter drills. Additionally, I will call for our campus security policies and procedures to be reviewed and aligned with the nationally recognized, Clery Center, which trains higher education professionals on violence prevention strategies and enhance campus safety regulations. It's time for a Wellness Center Taskforce to create a one-stop-shop to provide mental health resources and referrals for students dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues on campus. We must do more to protect our students and their families from gun violence on campus.
Leadership in Sustainability and Green Jobs
Long Beach City has a responsibility to take a leadership role in Sustainability, Clean Energy and Green Jobs. Uduak-Joe will require a sustainable master plan by joining the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), hiring a Chief Sustainability Officer to lead on campus clean energy programs, expand Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, prioritize green parking spaces, expand green job opportunities, and triple the amount of solar panels on both campuses.