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LAMC Veterans Day Ceremony 2015

LAMC Veterans Day Ceremony & Luncheon - by Deborah Manning

 Los Angeles Mission College has a rich tradition of honoring our veteran students, personnel, and community members in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.  Our observance of Veterans Day that was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the Campus Center held true to our tradition.  Moreover, this year’s ceremony was a momentous occasion that will be remembered in years to come. 

Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, The Honorable Eric Garcetti, a veteran himself (Lieutenant in the United States Navy reserve), was the keynote speaker. In addition to the heartfelt speeches delivered by Mayor Garcetti and Mission College President Monte Perez, there were other inspirational speeches presented by the following guests:

  • Felix W. Ortiz III, United States Army Veteran and CEO of Viridis Learning, flew in from New York City to tell us his remarkable life story beginning with his journey of joining the military at age 17.  Mr. Ortiz served in the 18th Airborne Corps, 27 Delta, and was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He participated in the ROTC at St. John’s University in New York City.

  • Irene Tovar, one of our LAMC Founding Members, remembered WWII Veterans including stories of her own courageous family members who served in the war.
  • Margie Long, LAMC Vice Chair and Professor of Communication Studies, recited a seminal poem written by John McCrae during WWI, In Flanders Fields.  Wearing a red fabric poppy pinned to her clothes, Ms. Long spoke passionately about the significance of the poem 100 years later.  She related that the poppy symbol demonstrates a remembrance of veterans.  In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row….

In an exemplary manner, veteran student Catherine Aiello graciously emceed the ceremony. Ms. Aiello is a United States Army Veteran and an honor student at Mission College. ASO President Jackie Ambridge led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Music played at the ceremony included “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”  Dr. Perez presented recognition certificates to our veteran students, faculty, and staff as Veteran Resource Center Liaison Richard Castaneda, assisted by Ms. Ambridge, announced the names. Dr. Perez also presented Director of Veteran Affairs Georgia Estrada a plaque for her many years of assisting our veteran students. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Emcee Catherine Aiello invited the audience to observe a moment of silence to honor and remember our veterans. 

After the ceremony, Dr. Perez guided Mayor Garcetti on a tour of the award winning Culinary Arts Institute where faculty and students greeted them. At the luncheon, Mayor Garcetti, who was seated with veteran students and other guests, enjoyed a delicious entrée with other enticing dishes including fresh baked rolls, and a wonderful dessert prepared by the culinary students.  

Our esteemed gratitude to Edward Raskin and his staff, Lily Garcia and Richard Castaneda, for their care and devotion to planning this tremendous ceremony and luncheon that truly honored and recognized our veterans and the importance of Veterans Day.  Professor Raskin is the Veteran Resource Center Director (United States Air Force Retired) and a LAMC Founding Faculty Member. Vice President of Administrative Services Danny Villanueva and Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal also assisted Mr. Raskin with the ceremony. Please click on the following link to view the video slide show.

NEW! Healthcare Career Classes


Attendance at an information session is required. Come learn about our digital badges. 

Location Learning Resource Center (LRC) - Rm. 234 


This project received $872,596 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The Los Angeles Healthcare Competencies to Careers Consortium is an equal opportunity employer / program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 






If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for an information session please contact: 

Sophia Hernandez - LAH3C Program Technician 

(818) 833-3428 

Must be 18 years or older and have a High School Diploma or GED to be eligible. 



October 21, 2015 10am to 11:30am 


October 28, 2015 3pm to 4:30pm 


November 4, 2015 10am to 11:30am 


November 18, 2015 3pm to 4:30pm 


November 25, 2015 10am to 11:30am 


December 2, 2015 3pm to 4:30pm 


December 9, 2015 3pm to 4:30pm 


2/9 – 3/31 

HOC 63 Basic Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology – 2 units 

Section 0563 8 am – 10:15 am T Th 

HOC 65 Fundamentals for the Healthcare Professional – 2.5 Units 

Section 0565 10:25 am – 1:25 pm T Th 


Spring 2016 Session 2 

4/12 – 6/2 

HOC 62: Skill Set for the Healthcare Professional – 2 units 

Section 0562 8 am – 12:05 pm T Th 

HOC 64: Cultural and Legal Topics – 1 unit 

Section 0564 12:15 pm – 1:10 pm T Th 



Recommended for Workforce Preparation 

Spring 2016 

2/8 - 6/3 

FAM & CS 06: Challenges of Aging - 3 units 

Section 3278 6:50 pm - 10:00 pm T 


Noche De Ciencias

By Marina Sangkavichai, STEM Counselor

The Main Campus Center and Center for Math and Science building were bustling with science activities on October 24, 2016 as SHPE ( Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers of the Greater San Fernando Valley ) along with the LAMC STEM program collaborated once again to organize their annual Noche De Ciencias event (Family Science Night ).  In addition, student chapters from California State University Northridge and College of the Canyons volunteered their time and efforts to make NDC 2015 a huge success! With an estimated 300 participants, it was the biggest turnout yet!

Noche De Ciencias was created to promote the sciences amongst K-12 students. Science demonstrations and experiments took place on both the Main Campus Center and Center for Math and Science Building. This year, NDC featured activities such as straw towers, straw rockets, and gum drop bridges. SHPE CSUN introduced new activities which included the Hand Grabber and Egg Drop. SHPE COC intrigued students with the Makey and Makey and Mousetrap experiments. High School students were escorted to the Center for Math and Science building where they had the opportunity to engage in life science and physics workshops hosted by Professor Brown and Professor Rains. Wesley F. Uehara from UCLA gave a talk on internship and research opportunities available to students who were thinking of attending UCLA.  It was a huge success! It inspired our students to think about the many opportunities available to them in the field of Engineering and STEM in general.  Free pizza and coffee were generously provided and those who registered early received a Noche De Ciencias T-shirt. Fabulous prizes were raffled off to the community and medals were given to students who participated in the various science competitions. 

Parents had the opportunity to learn more about payment options for college and why obtaining a college education can change the lives of their children for the better. The purpose of these workshops was to prepare parents in our community on ways they can best support their children as they navigate their way through the college experience. The workshops were given in both English and Spanish. Based on parental feedback, it greatly increased their knowledge of the college system and gave them the confidence to help their children succeed.

Noche De Ciencias was exciting and inspiring for all who attended. We look forward to organizing NDC next year!

LAMC STEM Reading Apprenticeship Team

The STEM RA team will meet on Thursday, 7/9/15, to discuss the strategies that were implemented in the classrooms last semester. The tutoring centers (SSC and Math Center) will discuss their RA plans for the fall semester. All STEM and non-STEM faculty are invited to attend.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 7/9/15, at 2:30 pm in the CAI conference room. Please contact Par Mohammadian if you have any questions.

The 2015-2016 Book is “What Excellent Community Colleges Do” by Joshua Wyner

Purchase a copy at the campus book store or check one out from the library. The Campus Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, Noon-2pm in the Library Conference Room (LRC 330) or the East Campus Conference room (CMS 214) We will discuss a different chapter of the book at each meeting. for more details check out our library guide @

LAMC 40th Annual Commencement
On June 9, 2015, under cloudy skies and intermittent light rain, Los Angeles Mission College celebrated the 40th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Retiring Professor Patricia Flood-Moreno was our Faculty Grand Marshal who led the Processional and proudly carried the ceremonial mace into the faculty seating area. The Community College Bureau Color Guard honored our nation’s flag with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sukarno Brown (Veteran of the Armed Forces), Security Officers Evencio Perea and Roxanna Rodriguez, and LAMC Cadet Andrew Alvarez.  Professor Margie Long emceed the ceremony and introduced the following speakers on the Platform listed in order of appearance:  Salutatorian Sara Sanchez, LAMC President Monte E. Perez, PhD, ASO President Raymond Gosen, LACCD Board of Trustees Member Mona Field, Valedictorian Socorro Elizondo, United States Congressman and Keynote Speaker Tony Cardenas, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, PhD who also presented the Chancellor Awards, Academic Senate President Leslie Milke who spoke about the Class of 2015, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Allen who presented the class to Dr. Perez.  Vice President of Administrative Services Danny Villanueva was seated on the Platform and helped to congratulate approximately 350 graduates who walked on stage.  Stephen Brown, PhD, Vice Chair of Life Sciences, Margie Long, Professor Rhetoric and Communication Studies, David Pardess, PhD, Professor Languages, Emeritus, and Ludi Villegas-Vidal, Dean of Student Services announced the graduate names.  Please click on the following link to see the video slideshow produced by Deborah Manning:

LAMC Honors Ceremony
Honor Awards were presented on April 17, 2015 to LAMC students who earned outstanding scholastic achievement for the Fall 2014 semester.  Academic Senate President Leslie Milke emceed the ceremony. LAMC President Monte Perez, PhD welcomed the audience and presented the President’s award to students along with Professor Margie Long who announced the names of the recipients.  Associated Student Organization (ASO) Education Senator Jackie Ambridge, who was presented the Dean’s Award, led the flag salute and also welcomed the audience.  Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Allen congratulated the honor students.  Alpha Gamma Sigma Secretary Jesus Martinez spoke about the student honor club.  The following faculty announced and presented the Dean’s Award: Myriam Levy, Stephen Brown, PhD, Janice Silver, and Bamdad Samii. Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal and SFP Program Technician Marianna Sirunian translated for the audience.  The ASO provided beautiful long-stemmed red roses that were presented to the honor students by ASO Treasurer Sara Sanchez and Dean Ludi Villegas-Vidal. Ms. Sanchez earned the President’s Award that was presented to her by Dr. Perez.  Dean of Student Success Carlos Gonzalez photographed the event.  Staff member Deborah Manning, who organized the ceremony, produced the video slideshow available at this link:

STEM Recognition Ceremony

On June 5, 2015, the STEM program hosted a STEM Recognition Ceremony for all of its graduates and transfers.  Our graduates received Associate Degrees in Health Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Biology.  Many of our students received acceptances into prestigious campuses such as CSUN, CSULA, UCLA, CSU Sacramento and UC SD. Several of our students were also accepted into nursing programs at CSULA and Los Angeles Pierce College. The recognition ceremony consisted of delicious food, lively music, and the presentation of awards for outstanding academic achievement. It was a delight to have students and their family and friends celebrate the completion of an important milestone in their lives.

 Jesus Iniguez and Jesus Miguel Lopez Baltazar, LAMC alumni who are now currently attending UCLA, gave our current STEM graduates motivational speeches on how to succeed at the four year university. They spoke of the importance of hard work, persistence and time management. It was inspiring to hear two former STEM students impart words of wisdom to our STEM graduates.  We are very proud of all our students and congratulate them on their hard work and dedication. Each of our students has a story of triumph over obstacles. They are our role models in the community!

Walther Villatoro, a Chemical Engineering major, will be starting an Engineering internship at Cal-tech this July. Giovanni Magana, an Electrical Engineering major, obtained a summer research internship at UCLA. He will be transferring to UC Santa Cruz this Fall.

 A STEM major is rigorous, challenging and yet so rewarding! We applaud all of our students in the STEM program! We look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future. Congratulations to the Class of 2015!


Child Ddevelopment Conference Welcomes Capacity Attendance!

Cloudy skies, drizzle and cool temperatures could not keep the child development students away from our annual Child Development Conference here at Mission College Saturday April 25th.  This is our eighth annual conference, and once again, a capacity attendance shared the afternoon of workshops exploring such diverse topics as math, science, art, music, special needs, healthy habits, assessment, family child care, and more. 


A special feature of the event was the opening of the moving and inspirational photography gallery in the Child Development Center, where images of our children from birth through age five have been captured during the miraculous moments of learning through play…..This is a breathtaking exhibit, and our students were awe-struck at the opportunity to see learning through such vivid photographs. 


Special thanks to the campus community that support this event each year.  CTE provided funding for many of the supplies and conference costs.  The Child Development Club came early to set up, to facilitate registration, and to volunteer on every level.  Plant Facilities gave us extra time, effort and support.  The Bookstore, Financial Aid, EOPS provided give-aways for our raffle.  Academic Affairs supported us in numerous ways. 

Special, Special Thanks to the Child Development faculty, Child Development Center teachers, California Early Childhood Mentor Teachers and our own Child Development Student Resource Center tutors  for volunteering their time to offer such rich and enriching workshops for our students!


Campus Book Event!

Campus Book event (5/13) 11:30am-2pm in the Quad. Food inspired by the book will be graciously provided by the Culinary Arts Program. Join us for a live panel discussion, submit a poster response or take a quiz. Prizes for poster entries range from novelty items to a $50 gift card!

Culinary Arts students will be providing free samples of food from the book!

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