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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Tomas Trevino
Class of 2019 - Electrical Engineer

We continue 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, Tomas Trevino. He is in his second year of apprenticeship for electrical engineering and specializes in work with hazards/low voltage electrical systems (servers, oil fields, etc.) and even wiring – which he claims he learned much of during his time at LBCC.

LBCC Alumni Association: What have you been doing since you left LBCC?

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Shanley Duncan
Class of 2019 - COVID Nurse

Hello! This is Shanley Duncan from the December graduation class. I hope everything is going well, I know how hard it is to work remotely and how nursing schools are struggling to stay on track right now.

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Stephaun McKinley
Master Sergeant in the US Air Force

We’re highlighting Viking Alumni in our community and around the world to see how Vikings are handling the pandemic. Today, we’re sitting down again with Master Sergeant Stephaun McKinley, USAF, who played football and studied Psychology at LBCC in 2007-2008. Last time we spoke, Staff Sergeant McKinley was working to develop a RAVENS program in Germany, offering flyaway security for military aircraft.

LBCC Alumni Association: What is new?

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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. 

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Shannon McHale and Steven Phillips
Alumni Couple!

In 1972, students Shannon McHale from Malibu and Steven Phillips from Long Beach would meet and subsequently end up spending many years happily married.  Shannon joined the Ramayana sorority and Steven became a member of the Vidar fraternity.  They first met on October 5, 1972 at the sorority kidnap night. They had their first date two days later at the “Joint Presents” where all the girls who made it into the sororities were presented in the LBCC cafeteria.

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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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James Benton (Ben) Souders
Fire Chief

In November of 2017, we lost a great Viking warrior alum, James Ben Souders who passed away at age 86 after a long illness.  “Benny” was born in El Dorado, Kansas in 1931 and moved to Long Beach with his family in 1940.  Ben grew up in Long Beach, and after graduating from Long Beach Poly in 1949, he went on to play baseball for Joe Hicks at Long Beach City College.  After LBCC he attended Fresno State University, where he continued to play baseball and was an outstanding pitcher, graduating in 1953.  After college, he became an elite softball player for the Long Beach N

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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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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.