The Long Beach College Promise

Meet Our Team

Higher education professionals are always looking for ways to improve opportunities for their students. The team behind the Long Beach College Promise comprises members of the Long Beach community who have a passion for helping students find their way. Get to know some of the folks behind The Promise and learn about their inspiring backgrounds and what drives them today.

Meet Our Team

Higher education professionals are always looking for ways to improve opportunities for their students. The team behind the Long Beach College Promise comprises members of the Long Beach community who have a passion for helping students find their way. Get to know some of the folks behind The Promise and learn about their inspiring backgrounds and what drives them today.

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Elijah Sims, Ph.D.

Director

Long Beach City College

Longtime Long Beach resident Elijah Sims was recently appointed as the Interim Director of the Long Beach College Promise, the nation’s leading example of seamless education from high school, free community college tuition and transfer to the local university.

Sims joined LBCC in 2012 as an adjunct faculty member in Counseling. Since then, he has been a full-time Counselor and Associate Professor, and Entry Services Coordinator. Sims is not new to Long Beach College Promise programming, as he has worked with Promise students for the last five years as a counselor and coordinator. His recent efforts include initiating a team of completion counselors to help students earn degrees and transfer to 4-year institutions, developing retention and persistence interventions for continuing students, and supporting academic probation students to return to good standing.

Currently, Sims reports to all three educational chief executive officers at LBUSD, LBCC and CSULB, who will also share the cost of the position. As a result, he will split his time among the partners in service to the Long Beach College Promise initiative as a whole.

Jorge Soriano

Associate Director of Long Beach College Promise

CSULB

Jorge is a proud alumnus of Cal State Long Beach, where he first began working with Long Beach College Promise as a tour guide for LBUSD 5th Graders. Energized by the vision of the Promise, he developed a passion for educational equity and began his now decade-long career in educational outreach.

“The Long Beach College Promise is such an inspiring partnership rooted in empowering communities, uplifting families, and building bridges to success for every Long Beach resident. I am so thankful for this opportunity to advance that mission here at CSULB.”

Alex Luong

Long Beach City College

Passionate educator with a focus on equity, active listening, and empathy. I believe in creating an inclusive environment where every student's voice is heard and valued.  With years of experience, I guide students through college admissions, financial aid, and academic planning, ensuring personalized support. I advocate for equitable opportunities and resources, aiming to level the playing field for all. By actively listening to students' stories and aspirations, I provide tailored guidance and empower them to make informed decisions.

Leonidas Sloan

Education and College Promise Specialist

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The Long Beach Promise has built a foundation for my educational success; The Promise has brought me a community of Supportive student peers and amazing staff members. The Long Beach Promise program has helped me ensure success in my achievements. This program has made me feel extremely confident in my journey to medical school to become a Pediatric Physician. Thank you so much to LBCC’s Long Beach Promise for bringing greatness to students.

Celia
Long Beach City College
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