Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez

Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez

Long Beach City College has hired a new director for its new Student Success and Support Program (SSSP).

Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez is the first person to serve permanently in the added position, a LBCC release said. SSSP is a statewide program at California community colleges to help students obtain their educational objectives in a timely manner. The program consists of orientation, counseling, assessment and educational planning, as well as follow-up services for at-risk students.

“SSSP is an important statewide effort to help more students earn degrees or transfer to a university,” LBCC President-Superintendent Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in the release. “With Sonia’s extensive experience with student success initiatives, she is the right person to lead the program here at LBCC.”

De La Torre-Iniguez was the senior assistant dean for academic resources and services at Scripps College in Claremont. She expanded the First-Generation @ Scripps program, which garnered national attention.

De La Torre-Iniguez worked in student advising positions at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of California, Davis, before arriving at Scripps. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from UC Davis and a master’s degree in educational counseling and guidance from California State University, San Bernardino.

—Emily Thornton

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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