Although the Bonneville Lock and Dam near Portland, Oregon is a long way from Southern California, the area is especially interesting for one student in CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Program (AVEP). Built in 1938 to provide hydroelectric power to the Pacific Northwest, the dam is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its origins as a Public Works Administration project of President Roosevelt’s New Deal.

While the dam’s history is significant, it’s the future of it that concerns Amir Labib. As a mechanical engineering student, Labib applied what he learned in the classroom to a major infrastructure project at the dam, working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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JacRecord600.jpgIn April, the American Language Institute (ALI) welcomed its new Director, Jacqueline Record. In her position, Record oversees the administration of all ALI programs, which include semester-long, short-term, specialized, and Master of Business Administration (MBA Prep) options for international students to improve their academic English language skills. 

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Brandon Irving600.jpgSometimes the road to achieving educational goals is a long one, since life has a tendency to present many detours. Brandon Irving knows this all too well. He always knew he wanted to go to college, but a long stint in the military and the demands of fatherhood meant that he had other priorities. By Fall 2015, the educational milestones of his sons gave him the push he needed to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program at CSULB.

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CCPE-Topping-Off_35.jpgOn July 11, 2017, CCPE marked a milestone with the “Topping Off Ceremony” for the new CCPE building was an exciting day on campus. As part of a tradition in the construction world, the 'topping off' commemorates the final piece of the structural steel being erected onto the building to complete the structure.

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Felipe Rodriguez had been fighting fires for 18 years, and served in the U.S. Navy for five, so he had plenty of the experience needed to become a full-time professional firefighter. But before he could take his career to the next level, he needed one final component: a degree from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

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ValeriaCruz600.jpgValeria Carrion Cruz recently graduated from CSULB with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. But it’s the exterior part of her world that has added a wealth of knowledge and personal growth to her educational experience, both at home and overseas. 

From fulfilling a longtime dream to live in England, to helping rebuild communities in Nepal following their 2015 earthquake, Carrion Cruz has taken advantage of many opportunities through the Study Abroad program at CSULB’s Center of International Education.

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