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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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.

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Max Evans
Author

This month we had a chance to sit down with Max Evans, a local author and, of course, a Viking alumnus. Max is currently a full-time English Professor at LA Southwest College.

Max grew up in the Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach, graduating from Saint Anthony’s High School before attending LBCC and transferring to Long Beach State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing.

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Charles and Kisha Singleton
Owners, Trelmage

Charles and Kisha Singleton have the kinds of success stories we all love to hear about. Both are Long Beach natives, with Charles coming to Long Beach City College from Poly High School and Kisha from Lakewood High School. Both are self-made, having worked hard to earn the success they enjoy in life. Both are generous, diligently giving back to their community. Both are Vikings.

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Tim Heffern, Roger Isaslazo, and Mayra Aguilar
Long Beach City College IITS

The Fall semester is officially underway, so we wanted to take the time to sit down with three alumni that help make the incredible instruction on both of our campuses possible: Tim Heffern, Deputy Director of Academic Computing & Multimedia Services; Roger Isaslazo, Interim Technology Services Manager; and Mayra Aguilar, Project Manager for Educational and Multimedia Technologies. 

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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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Col. Charles H. Pierce
Pilot

Col. Charles H. Pierce, Viking alumnus and decorated pilot, learned to fly at LBCC in the late 1930s as part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program unveiled by President Roosevelt in the years leading up to World War II. The program’s aim was to train 20,000 college students as pilots each year in preparation for the coming war.

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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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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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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.