Cerritos College Foundation Recognizes Automotive Students
Jeannie M.T. Yang Scholarship Recipients Are Promising Auto Technicians
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2007
Media Contact: Allison Abel, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287
NORWALK, CA – December 18, 2007 – The Cerritos College Foundation presented the Jeannie M.T. Yang Automotive Scholarship to two students during its November meeting. Todd Leutheuser, executive director of the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association and Foundation board member, awarded Bruce Gonsalez and Joseph Park each with $500 scholarships for their outstanding progress in the vocational auto tech courses.
Gonsalez, of Norwalk, returned to school after downsizing left him unemployed. With an interest in turning his hobby into a career, Bruce enrolled in the automotive technology program at Cerritos College.
“Bruce has excelled in each of his courses, earning the accolades of his instructors,” said Leutheuser in presenting Gonsalez with his award. “There is no doubt that upon completion of the program, Bruce will be a great asset to the automotive industry.”
Park, of Victorville, is studying public administration at Biola University in La Mirada. He is taking automotive classes at Cerritos College to expand his career options, and is considering a career in the transit sector.
“Joseph is diligent in his studies and shows great character,” said Leutheuser. “He is a talented student and has excelled in numerous projects.”
The Jeannie M. T. Yang Scholarship awards a total of $2,000 each year to four promising students in the automotive department at Cerritos College. Dr. Jeannie M.T. Yang was a community college professor originally from mainland China who had a great love for education. The award was established in 2004 by Peter Leutheuser, Yang’s longtime friend and executor of her estate.
The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals and alumni, to assist with financial support of Cerritos College beyond that which state funding supports. Visit the Foundation online at www.cerritos.edu/ccf.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.