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.

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Taryn Williams

Taryn Williams
University of California, Irvine

For many students, the path to higher education is anything but direct. Each year, LBCC students overcome challenges to beat the odds that are oftentimes stacked against them. For Taryn Williams, this is one such story of resilience.

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caryn desai, Inductee
LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame 2020-2021

As an actor and director, caryn desai is no stranger to a good story. caryn’s story is one of fierce independence and a drive for education. Born in Camden, New Jersey as one of six sisters, that independence was necessary for her to find herself and discover her passion for the arts.

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John Malveaux, Inductee
LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame 2020-2021

Born in Beaumont, TX, John Malveaux attended Long Beach City College under the name John Champion. The name was fitting, not only for his successes as an athlete, which included a State Championship in Track and Field at LBCC, but also because John has spent his life championing diversity and human dignity.

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Charles Parks, Inductee
LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame 2020-2021

Born in Manor, TX outside of Austin, Charles Parks was part of the first wave of desegregation in Texas schools. Charles found his options for College in his home state limited, and he faced a choice as he graduated high school: stay in Texas and commute over 2 hours to the nearest college that accepted African-Americans or strike out on his own in search of a better opportunity. 

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Amelia Bolton
CBS Sports

And the award goes to… Amelia Bolton!

That is an incredible declaration to hear, even more so when the award you’ve earned is an Emmy.

Amelia’s journey started at Long Beach City College, taking essential courses for 2 years before heading to USC to study film. While at USC, she interned for Seth Meyers and Conan, highly regarded late night tv programs. ‘My first job out of college was at Jimmy Kimmel, which was great because I definitely wanted to do late night, that was my goal,’ recalls Bolton fondly.

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Cesar Fierro-Arizon
ASB President, Class of 2021

Cesar Fierro-Arizon’s ASB Presidency was anything but ordinary. Beginning in July 2020, he spent the months leading up to and beginning his term looking for a team that not only wanted to advance his Agenda, but had the ability to do so during a time that has seen unprecedented road blocks for education and business.

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Guy Heston
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Long Beach Transit (ret.)

“My family is LBCC through-and-through.” LBCC alumnus Guy Heston isn’t afraid to put things succinctly – something he learned during the daily ten-minute news broadcasts he produced, wrote, and delivered with his friend Leonard as a student volunteer for the campus radio station, The Voice of City College. Guy’s father and brother-in-law are alumni, and his brother and sister-in-law both taught at LBCC. Long Beach City College was transformative for his family, like many others, and opened new horizons – both academically and professionally.

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Picture of Dr. Andrea Scott and Kurtis Williams

Dr. Andrea Scott and Kurtis Williams
Co-Founders Session Sync, Nationwide Telehealth Platform

Meet LBCC alumni Dr. Andrea Scott and Kurtis Williams, partners in every sense of the word.  These newlyweds are the co-founders of Session Sync, a nationwide telehealth platform.  Their idea to connect patients and licensed psychologists for telemental health services couldn’t have been better timed to help people negotiate mental health care in a pandemic landscape.  

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2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees 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.

“During these challenging times of remote learning, it’s wonderful to celebrate our distinguished alumni and their many accomplishments to serve as an inspiration to our current students,” said Long Beach Community College District Interim Superintendent-President Lou Anne Bynum.

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C.C. Sadler
Online Learning and Educational Technology

C.C. Sadler is one of the many Long Beach City Colle staff and faculty that are proud to call themselves Viking Alumni. On July 1, 2019, C.C. became the President of LBCC’s Classified Senate. While being appointed Classified Senate President is certainly a professional achievement for Sadler, it also marks a significant personal accomplishment. Several years ago, Sadler, along with some of her colleagues at LBCC, realized the college had a void in the representation of its classified employees. “We realized that we had fallen behind.

Staff Highlights

Jean-Bernard Durand
Cardiologist, Researcher, & Professor

LBCC alumnus (1980) and Hall of Fame (2001) 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. Durand graduated from LBCC with an Associate of Arts degree in 1980. During his time at LBCC, he received the LBCC Outstanding Student Award, the Outstanding Scholar Award and won first place in the National French Competition.

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Jim Choura
Philanthropy, Hospitality

Jim Choura has lived in Long Beach all of his life.  He attended Lakewood High before attending LBCC from 66-69, transferring to CSULB to study economics. “LBCC was the institution of my generation.”  This LBCC Hall of Famer (2012) has always worked hard in his profession and found ways to make our community a better place.

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Jan Hall Zolin
70th Assembly District, Woman of Distinction

“It is an honor to celebrate the great women of AD 70 each year.  As a parent and a teacher, I value the contributions of the women in our lives who serve as community leaders, volunteers, business owners, and heads of families.” - Patrick O’Donnell, Assemblymember, 70th District

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Samantha Oboro
Class of 2020 - AS Biological Sciences

We are back again to highlight Viking Alumni in our community and around the world to see how Vikings are doing amidst the global pandemic. We had the pleasure of sharing some time via Zoom with recent alumni, Samantha Oboro. She earned an AS in Biological Sciences at LBCC in 2020 and now is pursuing a nursing degree from CSU Long Beach. It is our pleasure to introduce you to this extraordinarily kind and insightful person.

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Angel Garcia
Poet

Meet award-winning poet Ángel García. Ángel began his journey as a student at Millikan High School. At Millikan, Ángel was a part of the Upward Bound program. He wasn’t ready for a four-year university, but he knew that he wanted to continue with his education, so he enrolled at Long Beach City College. As he began his career at LBCC, Ángel continued to participate in the Upward Bound program and found his passion in the many service opportunities that the College had to offer. He continued to tutor students in Upward Bound and as a part of Project Launch.