LBCC expands outreach channel to Catalina Island
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 19:04
Employees and a student for the first time boarded a boat and expanded college outreach to Catalina Island, Avalon school on Wednesday, April 4.
Among those in attendance were Gary Scott, dean of creative arts and applied science, Deborah Chow, director of the nursing program, Demetre Dovalis, an alternative fuels program instructional aide and Chief Frank Madrigal, a culinary arts teacher.
The purpose of the trip was to reach out to high school students at large who have had little exposure or none at all to their local Community College on the mainland, as well as honor President Eloy Oakley’s message in his 24-month agenda, “Expand and strengthen the Long Beach City College Promise Partnership.”
High school students grades 9-12 got the opportunity to gain a look at several majors offered at LBCC that may become of interest as their major of study. Madrigal came suited up in his chef uniform and lectured on the different areas that need chefs as well as what degrees are needed to become an executive chef.
Scott reached out to a young instrumental musician and showed him proper techniques on playing the French horn. The trades were an interest among young men, especially the auto body and auto-mechanics program.
Jennifer Casey, the head counselor at Avalon school, said,“ We definitely appreciate LBCC coming to the island today. There is a high demand among our high school students to attend LBCC. We hope the college continues its outreach on the island.”