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Salvadore Torres

Salvadore Torres

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) .

Jim Sinegal

Jim Sinegal, retired President and CEO of COSTCO

City College: 1950s

While visiting the City College campus a few years ago, Sinegal shared that City College saved him in many ways. As a young man in the 50s, Jim was struggling to figure out what life choices to make. Sinegal said, "Coming to City College helped me find a direction for my life and career.”


Josh Higgins, Graphic Designer for the 2012 Obama Re-election Campaign

City College: 2010

Major: Graphic Design

Josh said it was the visual design program at City College that launched his career. He believes community colleges can be a path to success for anyone with a passion, desire and quality instructors like Candice Lopez to make it happen. " I never had a teacher who inspired me the way Professor Candice Lopez did, the way she talked about design. She has so much passion that it radiates.” Josh also shared that on the job as the Obama Graphic Designer, "My first week, I was on the phone with the President. To hear that voice on the other end of the phone is surreal.”

Barry Cordero

Barry Cordero

Barry Cordero has lived his life with a purpose for making a difference in his community, and he has become an exemplary community college alumn. After six years operating electrical systems on nuclear aircraft carriers for the Navy and completing community college classes, Barry continued at San Diego City College as a civilian. From City Barry was able to transfer to UC San Diego in 2004, and graduate as a bioengineer in 2006. Barry is currently a Principal Project Engineer and a Lean Sigma Deployment Leader with Medtronic in Minneapolis, as well as the newest National President for the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers (SHPE).

David Hasemyer

David Hasemyer

Dave Hasemyer was a journalism major at City from 1973 to 1976 and editor of the school newspaper. Upon transferring to San Diego State Univeristy he became editor of the Daily Aztec. Dave now works as a reporter with a local base in San Diego, and has won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his reporting at InsideClimate News in New York on the flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines. 

Sergio Sandoval

Sergio Sandoval

City College & MESA Program student Sergio Sandoval was officially accepted for transfer to Georgia Tech University as an aerospace engineering major. Sergio enrolled at City College in Fall 2011 with the dream of attending Georgia Tech. This dream took shape in January of 2013 when he visited the Georgia Tech campus for the first time, and was affirmed when Sergio received the news of his transfer admission while in New York, where he was conducting research in “graph theory” at the Rutgers University Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. The City College community has helped Sergio to realize his dream and move 1 step closer to his life dream of becoming an aerospace engineer!

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