By Jason Gastrich

Copy Editor

LBCC’s Board of Trustees met at the LAC and unanimously voted to nominate custodian and interim administrative assistant Rena Pheng for the 5th annual Classified Employee of the Year award.

Pheng said, “I attribute my success to my family, great bosses and coworkers. I am blessed to have wonderful, hardworking people around me and it makes me strive to achieve my goals. I try to live like I’ve never failed and love like I’ve never been hurt.”

When talking about her plans, Pheng said, “My career plan is to finish my bachelor’s degree at Cal State Dominguez Hills and become a counselor working with young adults.”

Since 2009, up to six recipients have been selected and honored each year. Nominees are considered by their commitment to the mission of Community Colleges, professional ethics and standards, participation in professional or community activities and as a leader beyond the local institution.

Paige Dorr, director of Communications at the California Community Chancellor’s Office, said, “The deadline to receive applications is March 15 and the award winners will be selected on or near April 1.”

LBCC President Eloy Oakley had high praise for the candidate. “Rena has been an excellent employee. Her work ethic, teamwork and willingness to always help out her coworkers is what sets her apart. It’s also a plus how she always has a positive attitude.”

Pheng also said, “I’ve been through my ups and downs; the downs mostly because of poor decisions. Reluctantly, life and people give many chances to make life better. Just don’t lose hope.”

Recipients will be announced and honored at the Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento on May 6 and 7.