Stories of success fill our halls and our communities

Ask almost any student or graduate and they’ll tell you a pretty compelling story of how Los Medanos College changed their life. LMC has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people, and the success and vibrancy of our communities for the past 40 years. There are many stories of success that our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners have to share.  Here are just a few of...

Internships link learning to real world

East Bay Municipal Utility District • Phillips 66 • Shell When thinking about what these companies have in common, there is an important connection that is transforming our college and community that some may not know: each recently provided valuable work experience to interns through the Cooperative Work Experience Education Program at Los Medanos College. “Students are directly...

Employers reach out to LMC for their workforce needs

Today, more than 600,000 jobs, most of them technical, are going unfilled across the nation. Business and industry are seeking both tried-and-true and innovative workforce development strategies to develop highly skilled technical workers with the right capabilities. Let us share four examples of how employers can and do access technical training and education for their own workforce needs. Dow...

Success Story: Jeff Lemler

Jeff Lemler found himself, in high school, fairly apathetic and without any concrete goals for the future – often a common feeling among youth that age. Eventually, after 12 years working in restaurants, he discovered his passion. One day he had an epiphany at work while carrying a tray of drinks: “I like cars. I've always liked cars. I've always worked on them as a hobby. Maybe I could do it...

Success Story: Norma Cendejas

Norma Cendejas immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 16, already married and pregnant with her first child. She never attended high school. “I came here as a migrant farm worker and all five of my kids were in the Migrant Head Start program. I enjoyed visiting the program’s center and volunteered in the classroom. I saw myself working as a teacher and helping those...

Success Story: Morgan Livingston

You might say the desire to be a teacher was something Morgan Livingston was born with. Okay, so her mother is a high school teacher, and her dad was a professor, senior dean and even interim president at LMC. Yes, a bit of family influence, indeed! Now, Morgan is an adjunct professor at Cal Poly and loving life as she fulfills her dreams. “I attended LMC,” she shared, “primarily because my...

Success Story: George Mills

George Mills, originally from Liberia, came to Los Medanos College guided by family members, and stayed because of the warm community, the atmosphere of success, and the tremendous instruction he received. After receiving an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts at LMC, George transferred to CSU East Bay and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration. He began...

LMC Alumni Spotlight

LMC Alum and Marine Corps Veteran, Mark Moraga, joined the Marines in 2004 as a way to find direction and maybe a career focus for his life. He wanted to leave negative influences in his community. Mark is an OIF veteran with tours overseas that included Fallujah and Ramadi. Within one week of his discharge from the Marines in August 2008, Mark enrolled at LMC, and became one of our first...

LMC Alumni Fulfill Their Dreams

Doing what they love, for life! Many LMC alumni are working in our communities and having the time of their lives. You have every reason to be excited about your future, too – a college education will help prepare you for a lifetime of career success. Here we showcase a few of our alumni, with the hope that you find inspiration to fuel your journey to a great career! George Mills George Mills,...

Student Spotlight: Sonia Barocio

Sonia Barocio plans to transfer to UC Irvine and study biology, and ultimately earn a PhD in Biomedical Research. She has flourished at LMC, participating in the Honors Scholar, STEM Scholar, STEM Ambassador and MESA programs. She presented research at the Statewide Honors Research Symposium, and was a summer researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She has been involved with...

Student Highlight: Nilton Serva

Nilton Serva, majoring in Computer Science, addresses the audience at an Earn & Learn awards breakfast. When Nilton Serva was released from his second juvenile incarceration, he was on the verge of homelessness. Then the Los Medanos College student was connected to Earn & Learn East Bay and earned an opportunity to work at Costco Wholesale. Throughout the course of his paid internship he...

Student Highlight: Laniece Bell

Laniece Bell is a veteran, mother, Vallejo native, and third generation in her family to attend college. She is majoring in Liberal Studies/Behavioral Sciences/Sociology, and is planning to transfer to CSU East Bay in Fall 2018. Laniece served in the United States Army where she was a specialist, and served in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). She uses LMC’s new Veterans Resource Center...

Graduate Highlight: Darren Meeks

Now attending CSU Los Angeles, Darren Meeks graduated from LMC with an Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer, one of the new degrees designed specifically for transferring to a Cal State University campus. He also completed two Liberal Arts degrees at LMC – one in Math/Science, and another in Behavioral/Social Science. At CSULA, Darren is concentrating on finance and plans...

Student Highlight: Christina Hernandez

Christina Hernandez is finishing up her GED at Liberty Adult Education while in her first semester at Los Medanos College. She is majoring in Electrical & Instrumentation Technology and is excited about her bright future. She had signed up for the Career Connections class at Liberty Adult Education, and through that, Nick Morgan arranged a tour for the class at LMC. When Christina realized...

Graduate Highlight: Tito Ramos

LMC graduate Tito Ramos was awarded the LMC Interclub Council (ICC) and LMCAS (student government) scholarships while at LMC.  He transferred to UC Berkeley where he will soon graduate in Media Studies. Tito’s legacy continues on at LMC. After seeing a similar program at UC Berkeley, he was a pivotal force in creating the new LMC Food Pantry, which provides free nutritional food to students...