Building on Success LBUSD campus improvements
FALL 2021
First phase of LBUSD's Facilities Master Plan launched summer 2021

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Groundbreaking Celebrates Jordan High's Transformation, Community Workforce Agreement

Officials from the Long Beach Unified School District and the City of Long Beach gathered at Jordan High School in August to break ground on a new state-of-the-art classroom building, ushering in the next phase of Jordan's multiyear transformation. The 31,500-square-foot facility will feature 14 classrooms equipped with leading-edge audiovisual technology, a simulation lab for the school's aspiring medical professionals and instructional spaces for special education students.

Jordan's latest construction is the first of 15 projects in the District's agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents more than 100,000 skilled workers across 48 local unions. The Community Workforce Development Agreement (CWDA), approved unanimously by the District's Board of Education in 2020, aims to fill 40% of all labor positions in the agreement with local residents.

The CWDA also creates a pathway for students throughout the District to enter the building trades. The agreement established a new scholarship program for economically disadvantaged students interested in construction careers. Students from District high schools will have priority access to apprenticeship opportunities in the year they graduate.

"Thanks to the District's agreement with the Trades Council, an even greater number of students and community members will benefit from Jordan's transformation," LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker said. "As with other new or renovated facilities at Jordan, the school's new classroom building will include learning spaces that ensure students build the skills they need to compete in a global economy."

Projects in the CWDA's five-year term total an estimated $400 million.

Additional construction in this phase of Jordan's modernization includes an outdoor corridor with trees, seating and covered canopies, and a new shaded lunch shelter. Renovations to Jordan's science building will begin next year, and construction of the school's new gym and outdoor swimming pool will start in 2023. Installation of Jordan's new track and field will begin in 2025.

Jordan was first built in the 1930s, with additions and renovations occurring from the 1950s through the 1990s. Upgrades to the 27-acre campus, budgeted at $228 million, are 65% complete. When completed, Jordan's upgrades will include 400,000 square feet of new or renovated buildings.