Story and Photos By Darel James / Staff Writer

Members of the LBCC Automotive Club hosted a can food drive at the PCC on Sunday, April 26.

The event from 12:30-4:30 p.m. included students, alumni and residents learning more about the Automotive Department. People attending the event also had the chance to win raffled prizes and were served concessions.

Fine arts and automotive technology major Vincent Partida, 21, said, “We’re just here to have fun, better the community and let people know that even through the hard times, the LBCC Auto Club is still trying to strive.”

Taking place in Lot 10 near the JJ building, the drive was the club’s first official event that focused on helping the community. The event also was directed to bringing in new members and students who are looking to study auto mechanics or be part of the club.

After the removal of some courses previously offered in the auto department, the club membership declined. The event also reminded students of the college that the Automotive Club is still functioning.

Club president and general auto major Cynthia Veopseuth, 22, said, “Supporting a cause for the Long Beach area, collecting food and showing our community that we care about our automotive program were some of the goals we aimed for during this event.

“I really appreciated the support from my club members, since it’s our first event as a club. I hope our next event is even bigger with more support.”

Visitors were able to speak with club members and teachers to get more information on upcoming events, automotive courses and anything new happening with the organization.

Visitors also were able to view a showcase of a few vehicles in Lot 10 owned by club members and alumni, plus a few interesting tools such as a complete open diagram of a Hyundai Sonata. The diagram, which was donated by the Hyundai Car Company, has been used to help students taking automotive courses understand how a car works.