Alumni: Success Stories


Alumni Success Stories

We are always pleased to hear from Long Beach City College students and graduates who have achieved success after moving forward in their professional pursuits. These are just a few stories from these exceptional men and women.

Success Story

Bob & Barbara Ellis
Lifelong teachers and community members

Bob & Barbara Ellis have dedicated a total of 73 years of their lives to teaching the next generation. Now, with a $1.4 million bequest to create a scholarship endowment for credential students at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), Bob & Barbara are helping future educators shape the lives of California’s children. 

After graduating from CSULB in 1964, Barbara went on to teach English for 22 years at Hughes Middle School & 14 years at Lakewood High School. 

Success Story

Bruce Fraser
Assistant Coach for the Golden State Warriors

Bruce Fraser, who played basketball for LBCC, is now an assistant coach for player development with the Golden State Warriors under head coach, Steve Kerr. He regularly works one-on-one with player Stephen Curry. In addition, Bruce shares advance scouting duties with the four other assistants, helping prepare the Warriors for upcoming opponents. 

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Jean-Bernard Durand
Cardiologist & Professor

LBCC alumnus and Hall of Fame member, Jean-Bernard Durand, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. His major research is dedicated to understanding the molecular genetics of cardiomyopathies, primarily the identification of genes responsible for cardiomyopathy of all etiologies. His work also focuses on defining the Molecular mechanisms involved in chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy.

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Tammy Trujillo
Broadcaster, author & professor

LBCC Hall of Fame alumni, Tammy Trujillo, continues to work to bridge the entertainment industry and education. She has been an award-winning broadcaster in Southern California for more than 30 years. She is also a full-time Professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and a full-time broadcast professional, heard locally on 89.3. She also provides news on stations throughout the country as well as online through Wochit, one of the top ten internet content providers in the world.

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Carleen Booth Armstrong
Longstanding community member

Carleen Booth Armstrong’s family is an LBCC family that stretches back four generations. Carleen’s father graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and then attended LBCC before going on to Stanford University, where he received his law degree. Her mother graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1930 and attended LBCC before going to USC. Her parents met at LBCC. 

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Jeff Boutler
Veteran & entrepreneur

LBCC alumnus, Jeff Boulter, was a recent winner of the Long Beach Post’s 40 Under 40 Award. Jeff had a great experience when he first came to Long Beach in the 1990s. After his tour of duty in the Marine Corps, he moved to Long Beach and began taking business classes at LBCC. This is when he first began his community awareness. He left LBCC for a time, but came back in 2010 and earned his AA in Business Administration. During this time he served as a Supplemental Accounting Instructor and tutor.

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Bob Ellis
Veteran, teacher & community leader

LBCC alumnus and longtime supporter, Bob Ellis, passed away on February 6 at the age of 92. Bob attended LBCC for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served during WWII. Following the war, Bob re-enrolled at LBCC and completed his AA degree. He earned his BA degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia and his secondary teaching credential at USC. Upon his return from the Korean War, Bob enrolled at CSULB and received his general administration credential and his Master’s degree.

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Scott Rogoff
Physical Therapist & Entrepreneur

LBCC alumnus, Scott Rogoff, was active in the Tilsmen fraternity, serving as its president in fall 1997. During his time at LBCC, he performed countless service hours and volunteered as a student athletic trainer. After receiving his AA degree, he transferred to CSULB where he earned his BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training.

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Abel Alejandre
Renowned LA artist

Abel Alejandre is a renowned artist and LBCC alumnus. He is a self-trained printmaker and has worked with this medium for more than 20 years. He works in other mediums as well, although most of his work consists of graphite on paper, canvas or wood. Creating a new piece is a labor and time-intensive process that may take up to hundreds of hours to complete.

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Ahmad Ali Lewis
Scholar, hip-hop artist & motivational speaker

Ahmad Ali Lewis, a hip-hop artist, scholar, social worker, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and LBCC valedictorian from the Class of 2008, returned to the campus on June 8 to deliver the keynote address at the 2017 LBCC commencement ceremony.

At 17 years of age, Lewis rose to fame as the rap artist Ahmad. He co-founded the hip-hop fusion band 4th Avenue Jones, which released several albums and toured internationally with legendary acts including Stevie Wonder, The Black Eyed Peas and Sheryl Crow.

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Dianne Van Hook
CEO and city leader

LBCC alumna Dr. Dianne Van Hook is starting her 30th year as the CEO of the Santa Clarita Community College District. When hired in 1988 at age 37, she was then the youngest individual ever appointed as a California Community College CEO and was one of only five women to serve as a district-level CEO at that time.