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Larry Avicola got the call
the day after Katrina hit.

The Mission College catering manager heard from his brother-in-law, a battalion chief in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It was a plea for help.

“He said everyone (in the family) was alive but they needed help, outside help, because the area was devastated,” Avicola recalled in a recent interview.

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L.A. Council welcomes Dr. Barrera

The Los Angeles City Council welcomed Dr. Adriana D. Barrera to the “downtown” circle at a ceremony on September 30.

Councilman Alex Padilla arranged the welcome, designed to introduce Barrera to the council upon her selection as senior vice chancellor for the Los Angeles Community College District. Dr. Barrera remains at Mission College while a search for an interim president goes forward.

Councilman Padilla, joined by Councilman Tony Cardenas, praised Barrera for increasing the number of degrees and certificates awarded by the college; and for increasing the number of students transferring to CSU and UC, both by about 25 percent, during her tenure as president.

About 35 members of the college staff attended the ceremony.

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Mission College alum among ‘40 Under 40’ Achievers

Reprinted courtesy of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Jesus Ochoa first realized his passion
for community activism when he became involved with the local Kiwanis Club as a student at Mission College.

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New faces, new duties



An intense summer for interns

For many college students, summer means a break from study...or a chance to earn money before classes resume in the fall.

For a group of Mission College students, it meant an intense internship with scientists in the bio-medical field. And, by all accounts, everyone involved got their money’s worth, so to speak.

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