Training Series For Logistics And Supply Chain Jobs
Community members interested in pursuing jobs in the logistics or supply chain industries or at the Port of Long Beach have the opportunity to apply to the POLB Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College. Registration for the center’s new training series focused on occupations in these fields is open. The series begins in February at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus, and targets jobs that require more education than a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Positions in logistics and supply chain fields in Southern California have an average annual wage of $63,130, according to a joint press release from the port and city college. Classes take place during the evening and on Saturdays, and cost between $495 to $795 per class. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit or call 562/938-3248.

LGB’s Passenger Traffic Decreased, Cargo Increased In December
Airline passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport (LGB) decreased 12% in December 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, with the total number of passengers falling to 298,102 compared to 339,183 last year. Total air cargo increased from by 360 tons in December compared to the same month in 2017, a jump of 19.1%.

Free Workshops For Small Businesses
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is hosting the first of three free workshops for small businesses this Saturday, January 26. The workshop covers strategic planning, legal structures for businesses and market analysis. 9-11 a.m., CommonGrounds Workspace, 145 W. Broadway. Upcoming workshops are planned for February 23 and March 23. Click here to register.

LBCC Promotes Four Staff Members To Leadership Positions
Three Long Beach City College (LBCC) staff members were promoted to associate dean positions, the college announced yesterday. Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez, who has served as LBCC’s director of student success since 2016, is the new associate dean of student support services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in educational counseling and guidance. Former Associate Professor of Mathematics Moises Gutierrez was promoted to associate dean of health, kinesiology, science and mathematics. The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) graduate and Long Beach resident holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics. The school’s new associate dean of academic affairs, Kenna Hillman, attended LBCC as a student and began her administrative career there as a senior clerk in 1990. She has served as a counselor since 2001. CSULB graduate Robert Rapoza, LBCC’s auditor since 2008, was selected as the new director of business support services.