Lynwood Unified School District is launching a partnership with Compton College that will provide graduates with priority registration, guaranteed admission, financial aid assistance and programs to help with college readiness starting with the class of 2019.
The College Promise Partnership between Lynwood Unified and Compton College, which was approved in August 2017, will be solidified at a signing ceremony in April, with representatives from the college and the District pledging their efforts to ensure student success.
“We are extremely proud to enter into this partnership with Compton College so that we can continue our commitment to our students in creating higher education opportunities,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “At Lynwood Unified, we believe that having administrative support and guaranteed admissions will encourage more students to achieve academic excellence.”
As part of the College Promise Partnership, Lynwood Unified graduates who enroll in 12 units will receive free tuition and waived enrollment fees during the first year of college.
“A college-going culture is necessary for economic growth in local communities,” Dr. Keith Curry, President of Compton College, said. “The Lynwood College Promise agreement will help build an awareness beginning in middle school that higher education is accessible for LUSD families.”
Compton College will assist Lynwood graduates in completing the steps to register as well as applying for financial aid. The College also provides summer bridge classes that help students with English and math placement.
Students will have access to support programs, such as the First Year Experience, which helps ease the transition to college by providing guidance in choosing a major and career path while teaching study skills for individual and group learning.
The partnership will extend beyond graduating students to target sixth-graders and their parents to assist with early college and career planning. This will also include all middle school students signing the ‘To & Through Pledge,’ which states they are committed to pursuing higher education.
The District’s graduation rate climbed from 58.6 percent in 2010-2011 to 84.4 percent in 2016-17. Lynwood Unified educators are working to increase the number of graduates who pursue higher education.