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Ƶ and the Ƶ Foundation Present the 2024 SummerFest & Drone Show on July 27
This is the first drone show in LBCC’s history

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever SummerFest & Drone Show at Long Beach City College (LBCC) taking place on Saturday, July 27 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Sponsored by LBCC and the LBCC Foundation, the 2024 SummerFest & Drone Show will feature a variety of vendors, interactive educational booths, face painting, carnival games, food trucks, music, and an array of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Ma

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ƵAppoints New Vice President Of Workforce And Economic Development, Acting Vice President Of Administrative & Business Services, And Dean Of Career Education
Kendra Madrid MS, Michael Gregoryk, and Gita Runkle MBA unanimously approved by Board of Trustees

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees approved at the June 26 Board of Trustees meeting the selection of Ms. Kendra Madrid, MS as Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development, Mr. Michael Gregoryk, MS as Acting Vice President of Administrative & Business Services, and Ms. Gita Runkle, MBA as Dean of the School of Career Education for Ƶ (LBCC).

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Ƶ Awarded More Than $10 Million in Climate Resiliency Grants
Two grants position Ƶto be a major contributor to building climate-conscious workforce

Ƶ (LBCC) has been awarded more than $10 million in grants to help lead efforts to build a qualified workforce supportive of climate resiliency in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Ƶwill receive $9.5 million from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Inflation Reduction Act Climate-Ready Workforce (CRW) for Coastal and Great Lakes States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative.

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ƵExpands Eight-Week Course Offerings to Give More Options to Students Who Are Juggling Work and Family Obligations
Eight-Week Classes will make up half of the course offerings starting in the 2024 Fall Semester

Ƶ (LBCC) will significantly expand its accelerated eight-week course offerings starting in Fall 2024. The eight-week class format will account for up to 50% of all courses to better accommodate students balancing their college studies with work and family obligations.

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Long Beach Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of New North Long Beach Higher Education Center
The new center provides a place of support and belonging for LBCC’s Black/African American community

Long Beach, CA – Today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Ƶ (LBCC), celebrated the grand opening of the North Long Beach Higher Education Center (Center) with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, open house and mural dedication. The Center will serve to increase access to higher education, job training, and technology and business resources for the North Long Beach community.

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Ƶ Celebrates First Black Student Success Center with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The new center provides a place of support and belonging for LBCC’s Black/African American community

Ƶ (LBCC) celebrated its first center dedicated to Black student success with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 22. The new Black Student Success Center celebrates the African Diaspora and provides important mental, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and financial support services to advance students’ personal and academic progress.

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2024 Student Leadership Award Winners Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Four student leaders, dedicated to equity and inclusion on campus and in their communities, have been honored with the California Community College’s annual Student Leadership Award.

April Brown of Ƶ, Claudette Clark of Cuyamaca College, Jessica Lopez of Coastline College and Nikhil Masand of Contra Costa College were recognized April 5th at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges 28th General Assembly in Santa Clara.

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Congressman Robert Garcia Secures Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Ƶ to Train “Space Beach” Workforce and Bolster Aerospace Program

Thanks to the advocacy of Congressman Robert Garcia (CA-42), Ƶ (LBCC) will receive $963,000 from the Community Project Funding to update the college’s engineering and aerospace programs. The federal investment will fund advanced manufacturing equipment to train Ƶstudents as skilled technicians for the growing “Space Beach” aerospace industry hub in Long Beach.

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Ƶ Spotlights ƵLabor Center at Jan. 24 Event
Ƶand Labor Leaders panel positioned the Center as a leader in preparing the workforce to keep in step with new technology

Community and industry partners attended a fundraising open house and reception at the Ƶ (LBCC) Labor Center on Wed., Jan. 24, where an industry panel comprised of members from various unions discussed with students the important role the Labor Center plays in workforce development and networking.

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ƵReceives $4M Federal Grant to Help Older Returning Students Navigate the College System
Congressman Robert Garcia helped secure funding for new program

Ƶ (LBCC) President Dr. Mike Muñoz and Congressman Robert Garcia announced that Ƶwill receive a $4 million Postsecondary Student Success Grant (PSSG) awarded by the Department of Education during a press conference at LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus on Monday, January 22. The grant will fund the new Success and Completion Achievement Network (SCAN) program, which will create a structured support system to help students who did not enroll in college immediately after high school by assisting them to successfully navigate the college system.

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Vivian Malauulu to Lead Long Beach Community College District Board as Board of Trustees President for 2024
Trustee Dr. Virginia Baxter elected as Board Vice President

At its regular monthly meeting and annual organization of the Board on December 6, the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously elected Trustee Vivian Malauulu as Board of Trustees President for 2024. Trustee Dr. Virginia Baxter was unanimously elected as the Board of Trustees Vice President.

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ƵNamed One of the Top California Colleges & Universities Leading California in Transfer Student Success
Ƶwill be honored for efforts in closing racial/ethnic equity gaps for Black students

The Campaign for College Opportunity announced that Ƶ (LBCC) is amongst 27 California Community Colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses leading the way to simplify transfer for students as part of the annual Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer award ceremony. Ƶwill be recognized as 2023 Equity Champions of Higher Education for working with intentionality to support Black students through the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).

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Ƶ Earns Prestigious Seal of Excelencia Recertification
Thirteen Institutions Nationwide are Verified as Intentionally Serving Latina/o/x Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2023) – Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latina/o/x student success in higher education, announced today that Ƶ (LBCC) has been recertified with the prestigious Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating through data, evidence-based practices, and leadership, how it is intentionally serving Latina/o/x students.

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ƵBreaks Ground for New $75M Performing Arts Facility
The all-new structure will replace existing Buildings G and H on the Liberal Arts Campus.

Ƶ (LBCC) broke ground for a future state-of-the-art music and theatre complex today during a celebration at the Liberal Arts Campus. The new 67,000 square foot, $75-million Performing Arts Center will house the LBCC’s Performing Arts, Music, Dance, and Radio/TV/Broadcasting departments and is scheduled to be open for classes by Spring Semester 2026.

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ƵCelebrates New State-of-the-Art Multi-Disciplinary Building with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
$77 million three-story structure features hi-tech classrooms and inviting outdoor space

Ƶ (LBCC)’s campus community and the community-at-large celebrated the completion of their newest taxpayer funded state-of-the-art facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Liberal Arts Campus on April 20. Building M is a new three-story multi-disciplinary building that houses academic areas such as Language Arts, Foreign Language, Reading, Computer & Office Studies, as well as the Disabled Student Programs and Services program.

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Ƶ Wins Big at 2023 Community College Communications Conference

Ƶ Wins Big at Community College Communications Conference
Communications Department Wins Multiple Awards for Excellence in Visual Communication Categories

On Wednesday, April 12, the Ƶ Public Affairs and Marketing Department (LBCC) walked away with multiple awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization’s 35th Annual Conference (CCPRO), held at the Universal City Sheraton. The team, represented by Carl Kemp, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, and Stacey Toda, Associate Director of Communications and Community Engagement, collected a total of six awards in a crowded field of all 116 California’s community colleges and won the top prize in three categories.

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ƵCalls for Artists to Participate in Inaugural Public Art Mural Project on New M Building
Applications are due to the ƵPublic Art Advisory Group by April 7

To contribute to a more welcoming campus community environment, Ƶ’s (LBCC) Public Art Advisory Group issued an open call to artists to help design an exterior façade/mural at the College’s Liberal Arts Campus, with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. The deadline for applications is Fri., April 7, 2023.

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Ƶ and Special Olympics Southern California Jump In Together in New Partnership

Ƶ and Special Olympics Southern California Jump In Together in New Partnership
Special Olympics will now practice swimming, basketball, bocce ball, and track & field at LBCC

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) and Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) dignitaries and athletes gathered at the College’s new Kinesiology Labs and Aquatic Center on Fri., March 23 to announce a new partnership that will allow more than 80 SOSC athletes to practice at Long Beach City College’s (LBCC) Liberal Arts Campus.

The event celebrated both the new partnership and highlighted Ivan Parrott, the SOSC athlete who took the initiative to make it happen.

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ƵEarns 2022 Equity Champion of Higher Education Award ƵBlack & Latinx students

ƵEarns 2022 Equity Champion of Higher Education Award
Ƶis recognized for transfer efforts for Black and Latinx Students

The Campaign for College Opportunity announced that Ƶ (LBCC) has captured the 2022 Equity Champion of Higher Education award for its accomplishments in supporting Black and Latinx student transfer efforts.

The College will be officially recognized at the Campaign for College Opportunity’s virtual event, the 2022 Champions of Higher Education Celebration, on Tues., Nov. 1, 2022.

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Ƶto Host Unique Cannabis Symposium to Discuss Partnerships with Industry and Workforce Development
Event is scheduled Nov. 4 both in-person and virtually with Long Beach Collective Association

Ƶ (LBCC) is partnering with the Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA) to present a first-of-its-kind Cannabis Symposium. The Nov. 4 event is designed to help other higher educational institutions and cannabis businesses learn to effectively partner on cannabis programs, as well as gain an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that the partnership entails.

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Innovative Partnership program to Support Single-Parent Students by Ƶ and Raise the Barr

Ƶ and Raise the Barr Announce Innovative Partnership to Support Single-Parent Students

(Long Beach, CA, September 21, 2022) Raise The Barr (RTB) and Ƶ (LBCC) announced an innovative partnership to launch a pilot program that will coordinate care and housing for low-income single-parent students and their children. This is the first time the two organizations have partnered together with the goal of improving academic outcomes with a program that focuses on Ƶsingle-parent students and their families.

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ƵTop 10 Finalist in the Million Dollar Community College Challenge to promote services to adult learners

ƵTop 10 Finalist in the Million Dollar Community College Challenge
Ƶ will receive $100,000 as a finalist to promote services to adult learners

announced that Ƶ (LBCC) was one of the top 10 finalists in The Million Dollar Community College Challenge, a grant competition to promote branding and marketing efforts at community colleges. Ƶand eight other community colleges received $100,000 and Madera Community College took the top prize of $1 million.

The funding will be used to help promote LBCC’s services to adult learners.

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ƵAppoints Executive Vice President of Student Services & Vice President of Business Services
Dr. Nohel C. Corral and Dr. Raymond “Chip” West unanimously approved by Board of Trustees

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees recently approved the selection of Dr. Nohel C. Corral as the Executive Vice President/Vice President of Student Services and Dr. Raymond “Chip” West as the new Vice President of Business Services for Ƶ (LBCC).

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Ƶ Seeking New Members for Citizens Oversight Committee
The deadline to apply for Senior Citizen and At-Large positions is Oct. 13, 2022

The Long Beach Community College District is currently accepting applications for one Senior Citizen’s Organization representative and a Community-at-Large representative to serve on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Applicants for the Senior Citizen spot must be a member of any current and active organization that advocates for senior citizens that is active within the District boundaries.

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ƵAnnounces 2022 Commencement Keynote Speaker
Selena: The Series Creator/Writer/Filmmaker Moisés Zamora to address Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 on June 9

Ƶ (LBCC) announced that writer and filmmaker Moisés Zamora has been selected to serve as the keynote speaker for its first in-person Commencement Ceremony in three years on Thurs., June 9, 2022.

“We wanted to select someone that represents success after overcoming the odds,” said Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees President Uduak-Joe Ntuk. “This person needed to be dynamic enough to address all three years of graduating classes and I know we have that individual in Moisés Zamora.”

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2022 ƵCommencement Ceremony to Return to In-Person on June 9
The Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will all be invited to attend

After two consecutive years of conducting a virtual ceremony, Ƶ (LBCC) announced that this year’s Commencement Ceremony will return in-person to Veterans Memorial Stadium at 3 p.m., on Thurs., June 9, 2022. This will be one of the largest ceremonies in the College’s nearly 90-year history as the Classes of 2022, 2021, and 2020 will all be invited to attend. 

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New Partnership Will Allow All Ƶ Students to Ride Many Transportation Systems for Free
Long Beach Transit, L.A. Metro partner with Ƶin program that starts Spring Semester 2022

Long Beach Transit (LBT), the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Ƶ (LBCC) announced a new partnership today that will offer free rides for all Ƶstudents across several transportation systems.

Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, all Ƶstudents – whether full-time, part-time, in-person, online, credit/non-credit or dual-enrollment – will be eligible for the free Metro GoPass, Metro’s student fareless pass program.

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Ƶ Seeking New Committee Members
Opening for three District Residents to join the Citizens Oversight Committee

Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) is now accepting applications from community members for two Community-at-Large positions and one Senior Citizens’ Organization representative. The application period to apply to become a member of the COC will run through Thurs., March 31, 2022.

Citizens’ Oversight Committee applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the LBCCD boundary, which includes the cities of Avalon, Lakewood, Long Beach, and Signal Hill. 

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Ntuk and Chico to Lead LBCCD For a Second Year In a Row

At its Annual Organization and Regular Session meeting on Wed., Dec. 15, the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees elected Trustee as President Uduak-Joe Ntuk of the LBCCD Board of Trustees, and Herlinda Chico was elected Vice President. This is the second year in a row that Ntuk and Chico will serve in these roles.

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ƵLaunches Pilot Program for Student Overnight Parking

Ƶ (LBCC) officials have announced the implementation of a pilot Safe Parking Program for enrolled students to reside in their vehicles overnight in a secure campus location. This pilot program is the only known program of its kind in the region at a community college.

Ƶinitiated this program to address the needs of unhoused students and provide a safe place for them to park overnight.

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ƵSeeking New Committee Members

Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) is now accepting applications from community members for the Community-at-Large position. In addition, the COC continues to search for a resident who can fill in as the representative of a Bona-Fide Taxpayers’ Association. The application period to apply to become a member of the COC will run through Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021.

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ƵOpens Community Survey for Redistricting

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees invites the public within its service area to fill out a Communities of Interest survey regarding redistricting. The deadline to complete the survey is Sun., Oct. 31, 2021.

The survey can be found in English, Spanish, and Khmer at /pod/lbccd-board-redistricting.

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ƵOversight Committee Seeking New Member
Application Period Extended through Sept. 30

The application period to apply to become a member of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) has been extended through Thurs., Sept. 30.

The COC, which oversees District bond projects, is seeking a resident within the LBCCD district boundaries who is involved in an organization that advocates for taxpayers. 

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New VP of Human Resources Selected for LBCCD
Loy Nashua was confirmed at the July Board Meeting

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees recently appointed Loy Nashua as the new Long Beach City College (LBCC) Vice President of Human Resources. Nashua’s first day is today, Aug. 18.

“We are so pleased to welcome Loy Nashua to Long Beach City College as our new Vice President of Human Resources,” said LBCCD Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz. “Loy has more than 24 years of management experience in higher education and brings a broad base of knowledge, ranging from human resources to supporting students through student services.”

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Ƶ’s Dr. Mike Muñoz Chosen for Prestigious Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship
Dr. Muñoz also receives Ricardo Salinas Scholarship for the National Community College Leadership Program

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-2022 class of the , a highly selective national leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.  

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Dr. Lee Douglas Appointed As ƵVP of Academic Affairs

Dr. O. “Lee” Douglas will return to Ƶ (LBCC) as the next Vice President of Academic Affairs, overseeing the College’s academic programs and deans. Douglas was confirmed by the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees on June 23 and begins his new position today, Aug. 2.

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LB College Promise Appoints Interim Director to Expand Student Experience
Elijah Sims will serve in this newly-created position

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 a seamless education from high school, free community college tuition, and guaranteed transfer to the local university.

The purpose of the new director position will be to strengthen the partnership between the five Long Beach College Promise institutions. Sims will:

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ƵVaccination Clincs

LBCC, Biden Administration and Costco Partner to Host Vaccination Clinics

In response to the Biden Administration’s outreach efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all who are eligible, Long Beach City College (LBCC) has been selected to serve as a vaccination clinic location.

This summer, both campuses of Ƶwill be host clinics. Costco pharmacies will administer the Pfizer vaccine to any individuals, age 12 and older. There are no restrictions on residency, and you don’t need to be a member of Costco to receive the vaccination.

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ƵHold Virtual Townhall on Helping Homeless Students

Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Dr. Virginia Baxter and Sunny Zia, and Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz hosted a to launch Ƶ’s Helping Homeless Students Fund website and to discuss the Helping the Homeless Students Associate Group’s work on Tues., June 2.

Approximately one in six Ƶstudents experience homelessness or housing insecurity.

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Port of LB Maritime Center at ƵRecognized by U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College received the designation as a 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). Ƶis one of 27 community colleges and training institutions nationwide that prepare students for careers in the maritime industry.

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ƵRaises Pride Flag in Honor of Harvey Milk Day

During a ceremony today, May 20, Ƶ celebrated Harvey Milk Day by raising the Pride flag for the first time in College history. The Pride flags at the Pacific Coast Campus and Liberal Arts Campus will remain until the end of June, which is the month nationally recognized as Pride Month.

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Basic Needs Grant Comes to ƵFoundation Just in Time for the Winter Break

The California Community College Foundation’s CARES for Food Security fund (LA County CARES Funding) recently awarded the Long Beach City College Foundation with a $275,000 grant to assist students with Basic Needs services. 

Funds enabled the ƵFoundation to purchase six commercial refrigeration units that will allow the Basic Needs Office to provide perishable goods to students at both campuses. Generous gift cards for food were also provided to more than 1,250 students to use during the Winter intersession. 

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ƵIcon Honored with Posthumous Doctorate

England’s Durham University recently conferred an honorary Doctorate of Letters honoris causa to the late Mary Thoits, a much beloved leader for Long Beach City College lifelong learners. 

The ceremony took place over Zoom on March 11, originating on the Northern England campus with the Vice-Chancellor, the University Warden, and staff. Family, friends, and students of Dr. Thoits were able to witness the ceremony from the United States. 

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Randy Totorp Returns to Ƶas Athletics Director

Randy Totorp, the former Ƶ head coach who led the men’s volleyball team to three state championships, has been selected to return as the College’s Athletic Director.

The decision was approved by the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees on Wed., March 24 during their monthly Board meeting.  

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ƵAthletics Program to Start In-Person Conditioning for Students

Ƶ announced on March 10 that conditioning classes for the Athletics program will resume in-person instruction for some sports on Mon., April 12. These classes are contingent on Los Angeles County being moved to the red tier of California’s reopening classification system and City of Long Beach’s Health Orders’ alignment with the State’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Education. 

The conditioning classes will be held outdoors and will practice all of the standard COVID-19 safety protocols that Ƶhas implemented during the pandemic. 

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LBCCD Board of Trustees Appoints New Interim Superintendent-President
Current ƵVice President Dr. Mike Muñoz will begin March 4

During a Special Board of Trustees Meeting last night, March 2, the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint current Ƶ Vice President of Student Services Dr. Mike Muñoz as the new Interim Superintendent-President.

Muñoz will begin his new role on March 4, 2021. His contract will end on June 30, 2022.

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LBCCD Board of Trustees Announces Transition in Leadership

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees announced today that there will be a transition in leadership at Ƶ.

After much discussion, the Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent-President Lou Anne Bynum could not come to a mutual agreement regarding the extension of her current contract which is set to expire on March 13, 2021.

Pending Board approval at the Special Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 2, the following appointments will be made:

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ƵAnnounces New Hall of Fame Inductees

An artistic director, a photographer, a musician, a civil servant, and an educator have been named as Long Beach City College’s 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, Ƶofficials recently announced.

The 2020 Hall of Fame honorees are International City Theatre’s artistic director Caryn Desai; photographer Duke Givens; concert promoter/arts presenter John Malveaux; retired Long Beach Police Commander Charles Parks; and educator Cynthia Terry. Please click here for the full bios of the honorees.

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LBCCD Oath of Office & Annual Reorganization

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees will hold its Annual Reorganization of officers, Oath of Office and Regular Session meeting virtually on Monday, December 21, 2020.

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ƵSpring Semester Now Open! Register Today!

Ƶ is now accepting applications to enroll in the 2021 Spring Semester.

LBCC’s Spring Semester will be held mostly online, with selected essential laboratory classes that will be held on campus under strict social distance and safety guidelines.

Important Spring Semester dates include:

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ƵCelebrates Opening of New PCC Parking Structure

The four-level facility, funded by local taxpayers who supported the college’s bond measures, adds 530 PCC-convenient parking stalls and encourages energy efficiency with 33 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, 45 clean Air Vehicle parking spaces, rooftop solar panels and secured bicycle parking. An app in Android and Apple can be downloaded free to display real-time parking availability in the new structure. The project was completed ahead of schedule and $500,000 under budget.

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LBCCD Appoints New Personnel Commissioner
The Board of Trustees Appointed Robyn Gordon-Peterson

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Robyn Gordon-Peterson as their representative on the Ƶ Personnel Commission.

The Personnel Commission is comprised of three District residents who work with the governing board and College administrators in the hiring of District Classified Professional employees and establishing best practices in personnel administration.

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ƵEarns 2020 Champion of Higher Education Award
Campaign for College Opportunity recognizes Ƶfor Transfer Degree Conferrals

Ƶ (LBCC) has been named a 2020 Champion of Higher Education for the third time in four years by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

“Ƶis one of the top performers in Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) conferrals,” according to Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “We are proud to recognize LBCC’s dedicated leadership in working to ensure a strong transfer pathway.”

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ƵCelebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Ƶ celebrated Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) virtually this year with several online events for students, faculty and staff.  

Highlights of the month included: 

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ƵAlumnus Selected for National Outstanding Alumni Award

Ƶ (LBCC) alumnus Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand received during a virtual ceremony on September 10 the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. Dr. Durand is one of four community college alumni from across the country chosen to receive the honor this year. 

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ƵStudents Help Small Businesses Meet Cybersecurity Demands

A government contract presents a business with the opportunity for steady revenue and a chance to serve the country. But those contracts also come with reporting and evaluation requirements that many small businesses do not have the staff to meet. As a result, many government contracts go to larger firms like Boeing or Raytheon, leaving small businesses out of the picture. 

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Campus Construction Continues During COVID

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus to faculty, staff, and students in mid-March of this year, work was only just beginning for some milestone construction projects that will change the landscape for many Ƶprograms. 

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ƵRecognized as One of the Best Hispanic-Serving Colleges in the Country
Ƶis the only California Community College to receive Seal of Excelencia

Excelencia in Education, a policy research institution out of Washington DC, awarded Ƶ (LBCC) with the Seal of Excelencia for 2020. With this recognition, Ƶbecomes part of the second cohort in the country comprised of 14 elite colleges and universities to receive the independent national certification for institutions intentionally serving Latino students.

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LBCCD Seeking Applicants for Personnel Commission

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees is seeking applicants to fill its appointed seat on the College’s Personnel Commission. Applications are due Friday, September 25, 2020 before 4:00 pm.

The Personnel Commission is a non-partisan public body responsible for the administration of a “merit system” for the selection, retention, and promotion of classified (non-teaching) employees in the LBCCD. By law, it is composed of three members appointed for three-year terms with the term of one member expiring each year.

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Instruction to Remain Mostly Online for Spring 2021

Ƶ officials have announced that Spring 2021 semester classes will be conducted mostly online. The Spring semester will take place Feb. 8 – June 9, 2021.

The College has kept both campuses closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, holding the remainder of Spring, Summer intersession, and the current Fall 2020 semester primarily online.

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ƵWinter Intersession To Be Online Only

Ƶ officials have announced that Winter 2021 intersession classes will be conducted entirely online. Winter intersession term will take place Jan. 4 – Feb. 6, 2021. 

Ƶis currently revising the Winter schedule that will be made available on Sept. 21, 2020 at . Registration for classes will begin Oct. 19, 2020. Community members can visit the Ƶwebsite to sign up for classes.

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Viking Hearts: Together Apart Donating Masks to Colleagues

Cathy Crane and Daron Sorg from the Performing Arts Department got their sewing machines out to create nearly 100 masks. These masks were given out to Ƶ’s essential workers who are still on campus. Each mask took approximately one hour each to make.

Thank you to Cathy and Daron for your generosity and care for our colleagues!

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Public Affairs & Marketing Bring Home Gold & Silver Advertising Awards

The Ƶ Public Affairs and Marketing Department received multiple awards from the 2019 Collegiate Advertising Awards in the Business/Community College division.

The team received Gold awards for the 2019 Year in Review (Annual Report), Home of the Vikings mailer (Direct Mail – Single), and the LatinX Heritage Month campaign (Total Advertising Campaigns).

Additionally, the team received Silver for the Viking Athletic logo (Logos/Trademarks/Mascots), and the Trades Are Back outdoor signage (Outdoor Transit/Airport/Subway – Series).

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ƵPrepares Students for COVID-19 Frontlines

Three months ago, Ƶ, along with all other public education institutions across the state, closed its campuses to students in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the health crisis grew, the number of current and future health care workers became an issue of concern. Both the Chancellor’s Office and Governor Newsom urged community colleges to do what they could to help current students complete their studies so they could quickly move into the workforce.

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Laptops Gifted to 100 Incoming ƵStudents

The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (LBCEI) presented Ƶ (LBCC) a donation of 100 Chromebook laptop computers for Ƶstudents on Mon., June 22 as part of the citywide #InThisTogetherLB pandemic emergency response campaign.

Together, LBCEI and Ƶdistributed the 100 Chromebooks during an event at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to incoming Ƶstudents who live in North Long Beach.

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Swap Meets to Reopen at LBCC

As part of the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department’s revised order to transition to Stage 3 of re-opening California in the COVID-19 pandemic, two swap meets that use Long Beach City College as their venue will resume. However, Long Beach City College’s two campuses are still closed to the public.

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ƵStatement on Current Events
George Floyd Protests

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The past few days have been a painful reminder of a long-standing history of social and racial injustices that still affect us today. I’m sure you have seen the protests – some peaceful and some not.

As an institution of higher learning, Ƶ will always support the right of free speech and the right to peaceful protest.

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Ƶstaff handing out food to passing cars.

Caring for ƵStudents in Need

With the closure of Ƶ’s campuses, access to the Viking Vault (LBCC’s food pantry) was also closed for students to visit.  

In its place, Student Services has been leading the effort to provide non-perishable food items to LBCC’s students in need through a grab-n-go distribution. Students have arrived at either campus on designated dates to pick-up their bags of food either by driving or walking up to the distribution area.  

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Ed Advert Awards
Public Affairs and Marketing Wins Triple Gold at Educational Advertising Awards

The Ƶ Public Affairs and Marketing Department was recently honored with multiple wins at the 35th Annual Educational Advertising Awards 

Three gold, one silver and four awards of merit were captured by the Ƶdepartment that faced competition from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

LBCC’s gold awards were earned for: 

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Ƶ2020 Commencement Moves to June 12

Ƶ rescheduled and revised its annual Commencement exercises as a virtual ceremony to take place on Fri., June 12, 2020 at 5 p.m. Local chef and Ƶalumnus, Visoth Tarak Ouk, better known as Chef T, will serve as the 2020 Commencement keynote speaker.

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A picture of Tom Clark.

ƵMourns the Passing of Tom Clark

Ƶ is saddened to hear of the passing of former Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustee Member Dr. Tom Clark. He served as Trustee from 1998-2014.

“There are very few people in Long Beach who have dedicated entire decades of their lives to public service, and Tom Clark is one of them,” said Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu. “For 16 of those years, he shared his vast experience and knowledge with Ƶto the benefit of our students. He will be greatly missed.”

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Chancellor Eloy Oakley

A Letter from the Chancellor’s Office

Dear Californian,

I am reaching out to our California community college students with my warmest wishes for your health and wellness during these difficult times.

Our 115 colleges are working tirelessly to help you and your families get through this crisis, and they will play a critical role in our state’s recovery. With all of us working together and following public health directives, we can help keep Californians healthy.

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LBCCD Board of Trustees to Meet Remotely on Mar. 25

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting via remote video conference that will be live streamed starting at 5:30 p.m., on Wed., March 25, 2020. This meeting may be viewed online at .

The meeting will be held on Wed, March 25, 2020.

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The LA SBDC to Help Small Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak
SBDC releaseses COVID-19 Response Guide

The LA Small Business Development Center has released a COVID-19 Response Guide designed to be a practical and effective resource for small business owners to stay informed, plan, and respond to the impact of COVID-19.

In addition to this downloadable guide, the LA SBDC has advisors who can assist with questions regarding: supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption, and concerns about credit and finance issues.

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Ƶto Continue With Remote Instruction/Online Through the Spring Semester
Ƶis taking precautions to protect the campus community’s health in response to COVID-19

The Long Beach Community College District has determined that the remaining Spring 2020 Semester will continue through remote instruction/online only.

“The collective safety of our students, employees, and community must be considered first and foremost,” said LBCCD Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu. “We are resilient and will adapt to this new temporary normal for the sake of our loved ones by being vigilant with our efforts during this unprecedented time.”

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ƵWill Close to Students and Public Starting March 17
Ƶis taking precautions to protect the campus community’s health in response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the Long Beach Community College District will close both the Liberal Arts and Pacific Coast Campuses to students and members of the public starting Tues., March 17.

This decision was made by campus officials in order to limit any transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). No cases have been identified at either campus.

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Long Beach Reads One Book at ƵPostponed

In order to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ƶ Foundation and Ƶ announced that the Long Beach Reads One Book event that was originally scheduled for March 19, 2020 with actor and author George Takei, will be postponed until Fall 2020.

It is anticipated that the new date will be announced in the next few weeks. Long Beach Reads One Book will work with Takei to reschedule the event.

Here is information for those who have already RSVP’d for the event:

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A picture of George Takei.

Long Beach Reads One Book Celebrates with George Takei

George Takei, activist, author, and actor of Star Trek fame will be the featured guest of honor at the “Long Beach Reads One Book” event at 7 p.m., Thurs., March 19 at Ƶ’s (LBCC) Hall of Champions Gymnasium. Takei will be discussing his New York Times bestselling graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy,” and will take questions from the audience.

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Students at LAC.

Ƶ& Foundation Receive Grant to Assist Students in Unpaid Internships
Grants allows more low-income students to accept internships that provide work experience

The Ƶ (LBCC) Foundation and ƵWorkforce Development department recently received a $650,000 grant and scholarship endowment for students to receive stipends while placed in unpaid internships.

More than 60 percent of Ƶstudents are working part-time between 10 and 30 hours a week to help pay for tuition, books, and materials. Additionally, many internships are not paid, which makes it financially infeasible for students. This situation makes it challenging for many Ƶstudents to commit to an internship and becomes an equity issue.

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Ƶand CSULB staff hold a check for $320.000.

Rotary Presents $320k Scholarship Check to Ƶ& CSULB

The Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation presented a $320,000 check to Ƶ and California State University, Long Beach on Feb. 1 during a CSULB volleyball game at the Walter Pyramid. Scholarship recipients from both institutions attended a reception prior to the game in which they were able to meet CSULB President Jane Close-Conoley and Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan Romali, as well as members of the Rotary who donate scholarship funds annually.

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MLK Day of Service: Vikings & Community Clean Out The Closet for Students In Need

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Leadership Long Beach’s National Day of Service, the Ƶ President’s Ambassadors selected the Viking Closet as its community service project for their academic year.

The President’s Ambassadors contacted Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), the club that currently runs the Viking Closet. The two groups agreed to team up on a “Day On, Not a Day Off” on Jan. 20 as part of the 20 projects selected by Leadership Long Beach to be host sites for improvement projects throughout the City.

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ƵBlack Heritage Month Kick-off Celebration

Ƶ kicked-off February as Black Heritage Month with events at both campuses. Students, faculty and staff enjoyed cultural performances, culinary tributes, and the release of the first “Black Student Resource Guide.”

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Viking baseball players during the national anthem.

Vikings pay tribute to OCC Baseball Coach

On Tues., Jan. 29, the ƵViking Baseball team held their season home opener and paid tribute to their opponents’ head coach, Orange Coast College’s John Altobelli.

Just two days prior, Altobelli was killed in a helicopter crash that also took the life of his wife, his daughter, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Bryant’s daughter, and four others.

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Samantha Oboro and Emily Thompson.

Viking Students Selected as Cooke Scholarship Semifinalists

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently announced the semifinalists for its highly selective Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, two of which are Ƶ students.

Samantha Oboro and Emily Thompson are among this year’s 456 semifinalists who were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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Three Colleagues to be Honored for Excellence by League for Innovation

League Excellence Award

The Long Beach Community College District has announced the three Ƶ employees who have been nominated for the 2019 League Excellence Awards (previously known and celebrated as the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards) by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The 2019 recipients are Joshua Castellanos, Wendy Koenig, and Ariane Le.

Castellanos is the Executive Director of the ƵPublic Affairs and Marketing Office, overseeing Marketing, Communications, Outreach, and Academic Partnerships.

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Statement from LBCCD on the Tragic Passing of OCC Baseball Coach, John Altobelli

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees, Superintendent-President Reagan Romali, and the Long Beach City College campus community are deeply saddened by the news that one of the nine victims who died in Sunday’s helicopter accident in Calabasas was a member of the California Community Colleges family – Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli.

The following statement is from LBCCD Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu:

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Diane Martinez

Former Paramount Mayor Becomes a Viking

After 25 years of serving on the Paramount City Council and 35 years teaching first grade, Diane Martinez has traded her high heels and business suits for her very own Ƶ student ID card. 

The former four-term Mayor of Paramount knew that retirement from both positions in June of 2019 meant a new chapter for her. It was time to brush up on some skills and have some fun along the way. As a result, she decided to become a Viking at Ƶenrolling in what she thought was a beginning computer class. 

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The 2019 Ms. SoCal.

ƵStudent Named Miss Southern California Cities

Ƶ student leader Jena Jimenez was recently crowned as Miss Southern California Cities 2020. 

The Miss Long Beach and Southern California Cities Pageant includes contestants who live, work, volunteer, or attend school or church in the Long Beach area. 

Jimenez currently serves as an ƵPresident’s Ambassador and the ƵAssociated Student Body Cabinet’s Representative of Sustainability. 

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The Welcome Center.

Students Enjoying Campus Improvements at LAC

Students have recently noticed changes made to the A, E and L Buildings at the Liberal Arts Campus. Several improvements have been made in the past six months to these three buildings where students gather.  

Throughout the past six months, the A Building’s Welcome Center and other Student Services have been reconfigured to feature more kiosks, seating areas and a fresh new design on the walls to welcome students and the community.  

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LBCCD Board of Trustees to Meet at PCC

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees will convene at the Pacific Coast Campus for its Jan. 22 public meeting. This is a change from the usual Board meeting location at the Liberal Arts Campus.

The meeting will be held:

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Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand.

ƵAlumnus Selected for National Outstanding Alumni Award

Ƶ (LBCC) alumnus Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand will receive the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. Durand is one of four community college alumni from across the country chosen to receive the honor this year.

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The LBCCD Board at the PCC Parking Structure Groundbreaking.

ƵBreaks Ground on New PCC Parking Structure

Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees members, leadership, faculty, students, and staff celebrated on Dec. 9 with a groundbreaking ceremony for a parking structure to be built at the College’s Pacific Coast Campus (PCC).

The four-level parking structure will present an entirely new face and a large façade where information will be shared with students, staff, and visitors as they arrive and depart from the campus along Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Walnut Avenue. Its anticipated opening is early 2021.

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A picture of George Takei.

Long Beach Reading Program Returns At Warp Speed

The popular Long Beach Reads One Book program has been revitalized by the Ƶ Foundation and Long Beach City College (LBCC) after a six-year hiatus. The New York Times Bestselling graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy by actor, author and social justice activist George Takei was selected to kick-off the reactivation of Long Beach Reads One Book. The months-long program will conclude with a huge community event with Takei at LBCC.

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Dr. Romali Nominated for Nuestra Imagen Award

The Honorary Nomination Committee and Board of Directors of Centro Community Hispanic Association (Centro CHA Inc.) recently informed Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan Romali that she has been nominated to receive the 2019 Excellence in Education Award at their 22nd Annual Nuestra Imagen Gala Awards.

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ƵJournalism Award winners.

Another Headline Year for Vikings at Journalism Competition
ƵViking staff captures 12 awards at JACC Conference

Ƶ recently captured 12 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) Southern California Regional Conference.

The Viking News student newspaper won general excellence twice - in the print edition category and in the online edition category. General excellence is the top prize awarded to the top 15 percent of competitors at the regional conference.

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The Ƶsign.

LBCCD Seeks New Member for Citizen’s Oversight Committee

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) is currently accepting applications for one community-at-large representative to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC).  Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2019.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the LBCCD boundary, which includes the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and Avalon.

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ƵWins Grant for Improving Online CTE Pathways

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has awarded Ƶ with a one-year, $500,000 grant known as the Career Technical Education Online Teaching Improvement Project (COTIP).

Throughout the 2019-2020 fiscal year, COTIP will work to improve online Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways at Ƶthrough a collaboration between the Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology (OLET), the Department of Computer and Offices Studies (COS), Library, and CTE faculty to improve the number and quality of online programs.

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A passionflower.

Passion In the Garden
LBCC’s Jorge Ochoa Plays a Part in Discovery of New Passionflower

Ƶ Horticulture Professor, Jorge Ochoa, has been recognized in his important role in discovering a new species of passionflower.

Ochoa’s first passion flower expedition took place in 2001 when he visited Costa Rica. Since then, he has been to Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia, Cuba, and Southern Mexico, all on exhibitions to look for new species of passion flowers native to those regions.

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Old PCC buiding.

History of the Pacific Coast Campus

Ƶ began at the Woodrow Wilson High School campus as Long Beach Junior College in 1927, moving to today’s Liberal Arts Campus in 1935. Then in 1949, a second campus was added – today’s Pacific Coast Campus which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

The first discussion for a junior college in Long Beach began in 1916, a time in which there were only seven other community colleges in California (Fresno, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Fullerton, San Diego, Citrus, and Santa Ana).

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Voter registration drive.

ƵFar Surpasses Old Voter Registration Records

Ƶ students, faculty, and staff joined forces with the Long Beach City Clerk’s office for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24. Thanks to the combined efforts, this year resulted in a success that far surpassed last year’s voter registration.  

Less than 40 people registered at Ƶin 2018. This year, LBCC obtained 387 registration forms that the City Clerk’s Office submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office. This is a 1,038% increase from 2018 to 2019.

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ƵRECEIVES MONUMENTAL $3 MILLION TITLE V GRANT
College will work to improve success for Latinx and low-income students in STEM

Ƶ received a $3 million federal Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve student success and equitable student outcomes for Latinx and low-income students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

“It is both an incredible honor and a tremendous opportunity to receive such an extraordinary amount of money specifically for our students’ STEM education,” said LBCCD Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu.

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Governor Appoints Board of Trustees VP to Supervisory Position
Board of Trustees Vice President, Uduak-Joe Ntuk appointed as State Gas and Oil Supervisor in the California Department of Conservation

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) congratulates Board of Trustees Vice President Uduak-Joe Ntuk on his appointment as State Gas and Oil Supervisor in the California Department of Conservation by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

“Ƶ is thrilled that one of our Board Members is recognized for his expertise by the Governor,” said LBCCD Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu. “Congratulations to Vice President Ntuk for this amazing appointment.”

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The cover of Your Advocate magazine.

Dr. Reagan F. Romali Featured in Your Advocate Magazine
Read about her goals, the challenges, and her philosophy as ƵPresident

Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan Ferragamo Romali is featured in the latest edition the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Your Advocate magazine. Read about her goals as ƵPresident, the challenges of providing adequate funding and student resources, and the leadership philosophy that guides her. Thank you to the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for the great article and your support of Ƶ!

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The 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

ƵAnnounces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

An assistant city treasurer, an executive director of a local community organization, a former city manager and CEO, a community services manager, and an author have been named as Long Beach City College’s 2019 Hall of Fame inductees, Ƶofficials recently announced.

This year’s honorees are: Long Beach City Assistant Treasurer Fidel Aguayo; Executive Director of Khmer Parent Association Chan Hopson; retired municipal chief executive officer Roger Kemp; Lakewood City Community Services Manager Chuck Martucci; and author and historian Edwina Romero.

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A picture of Carline Chretien-Shook.

ƵNames New Executive Director of Classified Human Resources

Ƶ has named Caroline Chretien-Shook as its new Executive Director of Classified Human Resources. Chretien-Shook previously served as LBCC’s Interim Executive Director, a position she has held since July 2018. 

In this official role, Chretien-Shook will oversee human resources management and employee relations programs for the College’s classified professionals including recruitment, selection, employment, position classification, compensation, and other services.

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A picture of Misty May-Treanor.

Misty May-Traenor to be Inducted in U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame

The United State Olympic & Paralympic Committee recently announced Ƶ’s Director of Volleyball Operations, Misty May-Treanor, will be honored and inducted in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019 on Friday, Nov. 1 at the U.S Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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ƵFoundation Appoints New Executive Director

The Ƶ Foundation has appointed Paul Kaminski as its new Executive Director.

In his new role, Kaminski will oversee and direct all aspects of the Foundation, including fundraising, operations, management of staff and consultants, and outreach to the community. Kaminski will work closely with the Foundation Board of Governors, Long Beach City College administration and Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan Ferragamo Romali.

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Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Donates Food to ƵStudents

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) received a donation of 120 cases of food on Fri., Aug. 30, from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. The food was collected for the College’s “Viking Vault” food pantries and will be distributed to Ƶ students in need.

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Main campus.

Ƶto Host Community Job Fair on Sept. 10

Ƶ will host the Long Beach Community Job Fair at Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., on Tues., Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended. 

Job seekers should bring resumes, dress professionally and be ready to be interviewed. There will be free parking for the day at Veterans Stadium, but not in adjacent neighborhoods as vehicles may be cited or towed.

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LBCCD Board Meeting

LBCCD Board to hold Special Meeting on Aug. 27

The public is invited to a special meeting of the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 4:30 pm
Liberal Arts Campus
Building T, Room 1100
4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808

The Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wed., Aug. 28, with Open Session starting at 5:30 p.m., also in Room 1100, Building T at the Liberal Arts Campus.

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A picture of Mark Stanford.

GPA & Batting Average Equal Success for Mark Stanford

The ƵVikings are proud to announce that sophomore baseball player was selected to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America College At-Large First-Team.

He is one of six student-athletes from two-year colleges around the country to be on the First-Team selections. Athletes were selected by members of the College of Sports Information Directors of America. 

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Reagan Romali, State of the College 2019

LBCCD Superintendent-President Romali Delivers 2019 State of the College Address

More than 160 community members, business leaders, and elected officials attended Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan Ferragamo Romali’s State of the College address today, July 18. In her keynote speech, Romali celebrated 2018-2019 academic and athletic accomplishments, as well as announcing two new centers that will serve the students at Ƶ starting in the fall. 

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A picture of Alisia Kirkwood.

LBCCD Names Alisia Kirkwood as new Dean of Student Affairs

The Long Beach Community College District has hired Dr. Alisia Kirkwood as its new Dean of Student Affairs.

Under the direction of the Vice President of Student Services, Kirkwood will be responsible for providing leadership for student government, student life, student health services, international students, student discipline, service learning/Viking Volunteers, Title IX student sexual harassment/violence, and the annual commencement ceremony.

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The LAC campus.

LBCCD Names New Assoc. VP of Human Resources

The Long Beach Community College District hired Kristin Olson as its new Associate Vice President of Human Resources.

Olson has served as the Ƶ’s Executive Director of Classified Human Resources since October of 2017 and has worked as the interim vice president for the past year. 

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Ƶ2019 Pride Parade

Pride Parade

Ƶ Viking Ship sailed through the Long Beach Pride Parade on May 19.

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Ƶ2019 Male Summit

MALE SUMMIT 2019

More than 300 students from Long Beach Unified School District and Ƶ attended the 2019 Male Summit held in LBCC’s gym.

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Lakewood Celebrates event in 2019

ƵLOVES LAKEWOOD
Lakewood Celebrates

Jeff Wood, Chief of Staff, Superintendent-President’s office (far left) and Joshua Castellanos, Executive Director for Public Affairs and Marketing (far right) meet up with ABC Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Dr. Valencia Mayfield II (second from left) and ABC Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu (second from right) at the Lakewood Celebrates event.

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A picture of Walter Johnson.

LBCCD Hires New Senior Director of Facilities
Walter Johnson has more than 28 years in construction and facilities maintenance management

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) has appointed Walter Johnson as the new Senior Director of Facilities Planning, Construction, and Operation.

At Ƶ, Johnson will lead the Facilities Department that includes campus construction and renovation, building maintenance, grounds and landscaping, custodial services, transportation, and related services of all District facilities.

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LBCCD Seeks New Citizens’ Oversight Committee Member

The Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC), which oversees District bond projects, is seeking a new member to represent a Bona-Fide Taxpayers’ Association. Applications are being accepted now through July 8.

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L Building sign.

LAC Library Undergoing Renovations This Summer

Effective Fri., June 7, 2019 the first floor of the L Building Library at the Liberal Arts Campus will be undergoing renovation and will be closed until mid-late August.

ALL Library materials, except reserve textbooks, will be moved to off-site storage and will not be accessible until after the renovation.

This includes:

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Two Years Free & Trades at ƵThis Fall

There is no better time to enroll at Ƶ. Ƶ will see two landmark changes this upcoming Fall Semester: tuition-free education for two years to all qualified Long Beach Unified School District students, and seven new and revised Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Both will occur at the start of Fall of 2019.

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2019 Men's Volleyball Champs

Men’s Volleyball Crowned the 2019 CCCAA State Champions

The Ƶ men’s volleyball team was crowned the 2019 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Champions after defeating Irvine Valley College Lasers in a 3-0 sweep. This is the 10th state title for Long Beach men’s volleyball, and third under head coach Jonathan Charette. The Vikings finished their championship season with 19-3 record.

For more info on ƵAthletics, including this year’s Men’s Volleyball team, visit .
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Science Night at LBCC.

ƵAnnual Science Night

The Long Beach Community College District hosted its Annual Science Night on Friday, May 3. More than 600 people attended.

The free event was designed for the public to learn about the exciting opportunities featured in Ƶ’s Math, Nursing and Sciences programs in which each year faculty, staff, and students create interactive experiences that incorporate their subject matter.

Highlights for this year’s ƵScience Night included:

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UCI Transfer Students Honor Two ƵFaculty

Two Ƶ faculty members have been selected by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to be recognized at its annual Educator Recognition event in May. ƵCounselor Sara Blasetti and English Professor Margaret Shannon were nominated this year by transfer students Stacy Castro and Megan Sabatino.

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The OER Mini-Conference.

ƵHosts first OER Mini Conference
The Future is Free

Ƶ hosted its first OER Mini-Conference on April 26.

The mini-conference featured four sessions that addressed how faculty could meet the needs of students while still maintaining a high academic standard of textbooks and ancillary materials. 

More than 70 faculty registered for the conference. Participants were inspired and motivated by the presentations, which resulted in a steep increase in OER adoptions in the weeks following the mini-conference.

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Nuts and bolts stuck to a magnet.

High School Students Can Join the Fun at the Nuts , Bolts & Thingamajigs Summer Camp

Ƶ has announced an opportunity for 20 high school students to participate in a free Summer Manufacturing Camp from July 15 – 19 at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) is a non-profit foundation that offers scholarships for manufacturing students and grants for STEM educators. This year, NBT awarded a grant to Ƶto provide a summer manufacturing camp experience that will introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering.

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CCPRO 2019 Winners

ƵCommunications Team Picks Up Several PR Awards

The Ƶ Communications Team in the Public Affairs and Marketing Department captured a series of awards at the statewide Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) conference in April.  

CCPRO is a professional development and service organization that promotes excellence in California’s community college public relations departments.

The Ƶteam captured several awards at this year’s conference including:

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return of the Trades Celebrated at ƵInaugural Career technical Education Night

The community is invited to celebrate and learn about the Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at the Long Beach Community College District on Fri., May 17 from 4 – 8 p.m., at the Pacific Coast Campus. The inaugural CTE Night is a free, family-friendly event that will include games, activities and demonstrations featuring various LBCCD CTE programs.

Highlights from CTE Night include:

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A picture of Gene Durand.

VP of Human Resources selected for ƵDistrict

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees recently appointed Gene Durand as the new Vice President of Human Resources.

Durand, who previously held the post of Associate Vice President of Human Resources and served as the Interim Vice President since June of 2018, joined the College in 2016.