Illegal immigrants seeking academic counseling, career guidance and other information related to achieving their ambitions have a new Cal State Long Beach resource at their fingertips – a "Dream Success Center" that answers all their related questions in a tailored way, and for free.
The facility provides everything from guidance on choosing smart college courses to instruction on filling out financial aid forms, Campus Reform reported.
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The Long Beach Press-Telegraph reported that free computer access is also going to be provided.
The center opened Monday – and it's the fourth of its kind to make a debut within the Cal State University system. So far, it's being well-received, at least by the targeted population.
"A center serves as not only a physical space dedicated to their unique needs as students, but as a commitment from the university to prioritize student success," said Edgar Romo, the center's full-time Dream Success coordinator, Campus Reform reported. "For those looking to attend California State University, Long Beach, it can signal a welcoming environment and a place of academic and personal support."
Mike Uhlenkamp, the university's executive director of media and digital news, confirmed in an email to Campus Reform that the money for the "Dream Success Center" is taken from the school's general fund, which is bolstered by student fees and by state tax dollars. Between 2013 and 2014, the state appropriated $13 billion for California's higher education, some of which went to the CSULB system, Campus Reform reported.