Spotlight on Alumni

Eduardo Sanchez

San Diego City College Alumnus Eduardo Sanchez Fulfilled Lifelong Dream and Continues to Give Back to His Community 

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s head tennis professional, Eduardo Sanchez, is hoping to net plenty of support for an annual charity event.

The 12th annual SES Tennis Center Fundraising Pro-Am is scheduled for Sept. 22-23 at the resort, which features a sponsor party and tennis tournament. Monies raised will benefit the SES Tennis Center in Tecate, Mexico – named for Sanchez’s stillborn son, Sean Eduardo Sanchez – and the Empty Cradle organization, which provided support to the Sanchez family after their loss. Read full story here.

Ricky Flahive

Former City College Student Ricky Flahive Selected as 2017 All-Campus Commencement Student Speaker at UCSD

Everyone has a story to tell. Struggles and triumphs, setbacks and sweeping successes. It is human experience that motivates this year’s UC San Diego All Campus Commencement student speaker, Richard “Ricky” Flahive, a peer mentor and aspiring community leader whose own narrative is one of happy persistence despite countless hurdles. As a first-generation, low-income student who wasn’t sure he would even graduate high school, Flahive had to restart multiple times to defy the odds. Read full story here.

Barry Cordero


Alumnus '04 Barry Cordero on ABC NEWS - Inspiring Next Generation of Latino Engineers

Hal Brown

City College Alumnus Hal Brown - York's Champion of Civil Rights 02/26/2016

Hal Brown became the San Diego chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of several influential and national civil rights organizations. CORE preached pacifism, and operated as an integrated organization — with white people demonstrating alongside black people.


Alberto "Beto" Vasquez

City College Ambassador Now Helps At-Risk Students Get On Track To Higher Education  - 01/05/2016

Alberto Vasquez may not seem like the first choice for someone to steer high school students away from gangs and drugs and toward college.

Today, he is focused on trying to help others who face the same self-doubt, encouraging them to break dead-end cycles and to pursue dreams they never even envisioned.


Ashley Sanchez

Ashley Sanchez is a reporter for WPSD’s Local 6 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 08/31/2015

To report for WPSD she traveled a long way from her hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She discovered her love for journalism in high school after she took part in a mock newscast for a project in her American Government class.

Donna Queen

‘I just take pictures’ - 08/06/2015

Donna and Ron Queen will be the featured artists tonight at Strehl’s Family Shoes & Repair, at the corner of 12th and Main Streets. See Article Here The public is invited to come by and meet the artists during “Fortuna Main Street Arts,” a new quarterly arts event from 5 to 8 p.m.

Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins on His Work for Obama, Inspiration, and Changing the World Through Design - 10/16/2014

Josh Higgins, a City College graduate, talks about his incredible journey to become Design Director of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign and a special teacher who inspired him along the way. Watch the video here. (Collaboration between San Diego City College Graphic Design & Radio TV students Aliya Bora & Cassarah Coffey).

James Sinegal

James Sinegal, a San Diego City College graduate, talks with Fox 5 News about his journey from bagboy to Co-founder of the international retail chain: Costco. Jim says his education at San Diego City College was pivotal to his success.Watch the video here.

Salvadore Torres

City College Alumus Latino artist Salvador Torres, creator of San Diego's celebrated Chicano Park mural
Everyone can think about or plan something for the future. As a matter of fact, most people do it constantly, but it takes more than that to become a true visionary and see beyond what the rest can see. It takes someone who is creative and capable of taking their vision and with courage, self-discipline, gentleness and patience make it a reality. Salvadore Torres is a perfect example of a true visionary. Torres is a Chicano artist, born in El Barrio del Diablo in El Paso, Texas, on July 3, 1936. He is one of those few people who have a charismatic and contagious smile that can easily get you inspired when you hear him speak. ... View the full article by Juan Carlos Siezar in the Winter issue of the San Diego City College Journalism Department's Legends Magazine, here (p.30). Photo: Andrew Hahn

Brent Strom Named Pitching Coach of the Houston Astros

Former San Diego High, San Diego City College, and USC star left-hander Brent Strom has been named pitching coach of the Houston Astros, joining the staff of manager Bo Porter. For the full story, click here.

AICPA Honors San Diego State University Grad

In 2008, with only $1,000 to his name, no job prospects, and limited English skills, Stoyan immigrated to the United States from Russia to escape the social intolerance and oppressive discrimination facing individuals in Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Stoyan found a solution to his academic hurdle as well. To meet SDSU's rigorous admission standards, he studied at a local community college until he was accepted at the university. Rather than viewing his time at San Diego City College as a delay on his journey, Stoyan says he benefited from it. Being thoroughly immersed in the community college experience taught him about American culture and academics and helped him improve his English skills. Stoyan said he emerged from community college better prepared for the educational opportunities that awaited him at SDSU. Click here to read the full article.

City Dance Student and Alumnus Awarded

City Dance Student and Alumnus Awarded For San Diego CIty College student Jamie Nixon and alumnus Zaquia Mahler Salinas, hard work and dedication paid off when they tied for third place in the third annual Young Choreographer’s Showcase. Jean Issacs, the artistic director for San Diego Dance Theater, holds the YCS each year to give up and coming choreographers a chance to present their talent and get their name out there. The showcase was held in City College’s Saville Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 23. Read the full article.

Grecia Aguilar

Grecia Aguilar joined "13 On Your Side" as the Bureau Chief Reporter assigned to El Centro. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2011 with a degree in Journalism and Spanish. During her senior year in college, Grecia interned at Cox Media for a local magazine show, "Shades of San Diego." There, she realized she wanted to work in broadcast news but knew the field demanded a "one-man band." So, she enrolled at San Diego City College where she served as Anchor/Reporter for Newscene, a student-run newscast.   To read the full article go to

Richard Dias

Retired aero-machinist gets Lifetime Achievement Award from GNB Voc-Tech Decorated Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class machinery repairman Richard Dias saw two tours of combat aboard two different destroyers in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968. On each of those destroyers, he was the sole machinery repairman - responsible for the working of the entire ship. Read the full story at:South Coast Business Bulletin - April 19, 2013


To George Varga, music mirrors life. As the pop music critic for U-T San Diego, Varga's job consists of taking the emotional aspect of music and converting it to an informative and sometimes analytical piece. "He knows a lot about music and the history of music," said Michael Rocha, U-T San Diego arts and entertainment editor. "He's like a walking encyclopedia." Varga says it's important to cover music because it's a way for people to communicate. View the full article here.  He believes music is an artistic form of expression that reflects the reality of everyday life.

David Hasemyer

City College Alumni David Hasemyer was the Editor of the Fortknightly and a journalism student of John Markley in 1975-76.  He was recently recognized by receiving a Pulitzer Prize for investigative work he did along with two other writers while working for InsideClimate News, an Internet publication.

View the full article here.



Former City College & MESA Program student Barry Cordero is a candidate for National President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)! Following a 6-year term in the Navy, City College and the MESA Program provided key opportunities that propelled Barry onto his current journey. Barry transferred from City College to UCSD in 2004, earned a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering in 2007, and is currently working as a Principal Project Engineer for Medtronic in Minneapolis. Since 2011, Barry has served as the SHPE National Vice President. Barry personifies the importance and impact of community colleges. As his San Diego City College community, we celebrate with him in his many accomplishments!

Find out more about Barry here.