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Long Beach Adds Technical Institute For Post-High School Education

 By Emily Thornton, Grunion Gazette

Another education option beyond high school is coming to Long Beach in the form of a technical institute. Specifically, the Universal Technical Institute. UTI Long Beasch Campus

UTI Long Beach’s ribbon cutting will be Aug. 18 by Mayor Robert Garcia, with classes starting the day before, on Aug. 17.

The charter class of enrolled students previewed the facility at 4175 E. Conant St. last week. It is part of the growing Douglas Park industrial area just north of the Long Beach Airport. The group of about 250, including guests, saw the 13 classrooms and 19 labs covering 142,593 square feet.

Areas of study at UTI Long Beach include automotive, diesel, collision repair, as well as auto and diesel combined. There also is Nissan Automotive Technician Training elective that readies students to work on the full line of Nissan and Infiniti models, tools and technologies, as well as smog elective on California campuses. Courses offered vary by UTI campus location and run three to four weeks. Students may enroll any time during the year. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

There is strong demand for trained workers in the automotive, diesel and collision repair specialties due to Long Beach’s proximity to Southern California’s busy ports, industries and reliance on vehicle travel, said Larry Hohl, president of the new campus. That’s partly why they decided to open a campus in Long Beach.

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By: Emily Thornton, Grunion Gazette

An effort to help end hunger among Long Beach Unified School District students who receive free meals has gotten larger.556659b9325a4.image

That’s because two groups — Team 100 and Food Finders — have joined hands to bring food to Title One schools, or those with a high percentage of students from low-income families.

They’re calling their group Food for Long Beach Kids, benefitting the 54,000 or so LBUSD students who live with families below the poverty level and are on the free meal program.

“It means they’re going hungry on the weekend when they aren’t at school to receive free meals,” said Kelsey Duckett, founder of Seventy Seven Enterprise, a company doing volunteer media outreach for Team 100.

“The goal is that all Title One students on the free meal program will get food,” she said.

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