Foundation: Community News


Dr. Blas Villalobos
Chief Executive Officer, Military Services - Centerstone

Dr. Blas Villalobos (LBCC class of 2006) understands the importance of community. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Denver City (West Texas), Dr. Villalobos entered the U.S. Marines Corps in 1999 to give back and, as he describes it, “earn his place in America.” When he left the Marines in 2003 after serving honorably, he moved home before returning to Long Beach with aspirations of attending classes at LBCC.


Bess J. Hodges Foundation

The Bess Hodges Foundation is the perfect example of how community institutions help support our students. Founded in 1984 by Bess Hodges and George Murchison, the Bess Hodges Foundation sought to enhance the community by supporting education, health, human services, public affairs, and the arts. In the beginning, the Hodges Foundation supported a scholarship for Long Beach City College accounting students, giving $500 in each half of the year. Each year, they receive approximately 80 grant requests, and are able to fund 65-70 of those requests.


The Munzer Foundation Supports LBCC Child Development Centers
Toy Lending Library

It is with great pleasure that we share wonderful news. The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation approved a grant in support of the Long Beach City College Foundation for Promoting Play and Equity with a Toy Lending Library. This grant of $10,000 will directly support the Child Development Centers (CDC) at both the LAC and PCC campuses in their mission to provide a positive learning environment for toddlers and preschoolers.


The Impact of Grants

A recent article from Inside Higher Ed highlighted just how dire things have grown for many community college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Long Beach City College provided hot breakfasts for 1,800 students over 10 events. In contrast, the LBCC Basic Needs Office’s Grab N Go grocery pickup events have been providing food support to over 1,800 people every two weeks (approximately 400 students and members of their household) since the campus closed in March 2020.

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LBCC Staff handing out Chromebooks.

Chromebooks & Hotspots Given to LBCC Students
LBCC Foundation helps provide technology to students with donations

Long Beach City College (LBCC) distributed 100 Chromebooks and 50 hotspots to students on Friday, October 9, thanks to a donation to the LBCC Foundation.

The Long Beach Community Foundation, human I-T and the LBCC Foundation partnered together to provide the technology, while LBCC’s Student Services area matched the recipients and arranged for the drive-up distribution at the Liberal Arts Campus.

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Laptops Gifted to 100 Incoming LBCC Students

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

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

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Students at LAC.

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

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) Foundation and LBCC Workforce 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 LBCC students 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 LBCC students to commit to an internship and becomes an equity issue.