Laredo Community College
|Laredo Community College|
|Established||September 28, 1947|
c. $50 million (2012-2013)
|President||Juan L. Maldonado|
210 Full-time (Fall 2010)
8,732 (Fall 2013)
|Location||Laredo, Texas, United States|
300 acres (1.2 km²)
Laredo Community College, known as LCC, was established as Laredo Junior College on September 28, 1947, by the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, the county seat of Webb County in south Texas. It adopted the present name in 1993.
Throughout a period of time the Main Campus (located at historic Fort McIntosh) also housed both the former Laredo State University and Texas A&I University at Laredo, which later relocated as Texas A&M International University to its new campus off the Bob Bullock Loop in northeast Laredo. The district since expanded in 2004 to include two campuses — the Main Campus and the South Campus.
- 1 Finances and enrollments
- 2 Accreditation
- 3 Construction underway
- 4 Bond election approved
- 5 Main Campus
- 6 The South Campus
- 7 LCC president and administration
- 8 The West End Post
- 9 Trustee J.C. "Pepe" Treviño, Jr.
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Finances and enrollments
Budgets and taxes
The 2012-2013 LCC budget was approximately $50 million. The student tuition and fee share of the budget doubled in a decade from 18 to 36 percent.
The 2011-2012 LCC budget was $48.3 million, or a decrease of $1.43 million from the preceding year. The state reduced its funding to LCC from $17 million in 2010 to $13.5 million in 2011 in appropriations, health insurance, and retirement benefits. The $3.5 million reduction represented a decrease of nearly 21 percent in state funding for the institution. State funds are disbursed to community colleges according to student enrollment. Because of a decline in state revenues, the LCC board increased the property tax rate by 1.51 cents per $100 of assessed value. Three LCC trustees proposed a one-time $300 bonus for faculty and staff, but the recommendation failed on a tie vote, with three other trustees absent or not voting. Hence salaries were frozen temporarily for 2011-2012 for the first time in many years. However, in December 2011, trustees unanimously awarded faculty and staff a one-time uniform $1,000 merit bonus payment.
On January 25, 2011, LCC President Juan L. Maldonado announced that projected budget shortfalls by the state would compel the institution to freeze some vacant positions, contracted services, and equipment purchases.
The college property tax rate of $0.2365 per $100 of assessed valuation declined slightly in the 2012-2013 budget.Unlike many other community colleges in Texas which can reach into the county or adjoining counties for purposes of taxation, LCC can levy property taxers only within the City of Laredo. Some 40 percent of the 2012-2013 LCC budget is derived from property taxes.
Tuition rate increases
The LCC tuition rate jumped by 42.4 percent between academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, one of the largest such increases in the nation. The large increase was attributed to a 51 percent cut in state appropriations to LCC over the preceding decade. In 2011-2012, LCC had the 11th highest rate of tuition for a public two-year college in Texas, but with scholarships and grants, for which 90 percent of the students qualify, LCC is also the 11th most-affordable two-year institution.
In March 2012, LCC trustees approved a 17 percent increase in tuition, along with smaller pay increases for faculty and the classified staff.
Enrollment for the fall of 2013 was 8,732, a decrease of 602 or 6.4 percent from the 9,334 tabulation of the fall of 2012. In fall 2011, enrollment peaked at 10,046.Summer enrollment between 2011 and 2012 decreased by 12.4 percent but rebounded by 5 percent to nearly 4,800 in the summer of 2013.
In 2010, LCC had 210 faculty and 300 classified staff personnel. In the spring of 2013, enrollment had risen slightly by .7 of 1 percent compared to the spring of 2012.LCC continues to focus on outreach to students through visits by recruiters at area high schools, community events, and businesses. The college also advertises through billboards, newspapers, radio, television, and on-line.
Vincent Solis, the vice president for student services, said that an upturn in the regional economy in 2013 attracted numerous LCC students to enter the workforce. The higher enrollments which peaked in 2011 is attributed, he said, to unemployed persons having returned to college from 2008 to 2010.
President Maldonado noted that LCC services would expand to accommodate demand by virtue of an anticipated 60,000 to 70,000 new jobs created regionally through the Eagle Ford Shale exploration project.
Students mostly part-time
More than 60 percent of LCC students are part-time and enroll on average for 6.4 semester hours. Over a three-year period, part-time students at 6.4 semester hours pay nearly $32,000, with much of that cost government-subsidized for those of low income through programs such as Pell Grants. Full-time students in that same period of time pay more than $40,000. Tuition and fees at the institution in 2012 are $90.20 per semester hour. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board determined that 66 percent of LCC students are deficient in mathematics.
Voluntary Separation Plan
In December 2012, the LCC trustees approved an $800,000 "Voluntary Separation Plan" to offer bonuses of 50 percent of the annual contract salary to encourage higher-paid senior faculty members with at least twenty years of service to the institution to retire earlier than they may have otherwise intended. Upon their replacement by beginning faculty, hired at much lower starting salaries, the college anticipates considerable net savings. Board president Cynthia Mares said that LCC expects to recover the $1.5 million in two years from overall lowered faculty salaries. Some 120 faculty members could have qualified for the bonuses were they to have retired in 2013.Ultimately, twenty-three staff members decided to retire in 2013 under terms of the buyout package, which cost a total of $700,000. Manuel Blanco, a long-term faculty member in the English Department, retired after more than fifty years of continuous service.In May 2014, Veronica Cardenas, the LCC human resources officer, reported savings of $650,000 to the LCC payroll under the separation plan. Eleven more faculty members took advantage of the plan in 2014, but far more were eligible to have done so.
In 2010, LCC had a three-year graduation rate of 14 percent from students pursuing either associate degrees or completing specialized certificate programs. This 14 percent does not include certain nontraditional students, transfer students, or those taking credits for transfer to four-year institutions but who do not seek associate degrees.
In July 2012, Laredo Community College was placed on twelve months of probation for failure to comply with standards required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In a document reviewed by KGNS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Laredo, the accrediting body said that LCC had not demonstrated "compliance with comprehensive standards." President Juan Maldonado said that the institution will meet any deficiencies required but that the situation would not impact instructional programs or other operations of the college.
SACS contends that LCC failed to correct deficiencies in its reports on institutional effectiveness. If the deficiencies remain uncorrected, LCC could forfeit its accreditation. Were that to happen, degrees would become meaningless, credits could not be transferred to accredited institutions, and LCC could face further funding decreases.LCC sought the services of an outside consultant and an editor to convert the accreditation data into narrative form.Vincent Solis, LCC vice president for student services, discounted the possibility that the probationary status was a cause of the decline in enrollment in the fall of 2012. Solis noted that despite the probationary status, LCC accreditation remained fully in place.
On June 20, 2013, SACS restored accreditation after the process was completed to correct past deficiencies in the reports LCC submitted to the agency.
Meanwhile, construction continues at LCC on a $120 million master facilities plan first unveiled in 2008. Funding for the master plan is unrelated to the $50 million operating budget but is a separate capital outlay account. The initial phase is the now-completed construction of the $14.7 million Lewis Energy Academic Center, named for the San Antonio oil and natural gas industrialist Rodney Lewis, who donated the furnishings for the building. The Lewis Center is located at the site of the former Killam dormitories. The three-story, 111,045-square-foot (10,316.4 m2) facility, which opened in January 2012, offers new classrooms, computer labs, and faculty offices. Groundbreaking for the academic building was held on September 15, 2010, in what President Maldonado referred to "the beginning of a journey."
On March 2, 2011, LCC launched construction on the $9.6 million Visual and Performing Arts Center located on the north end of the campus near Fort McIntosh Park. The 47,000-square-foot (4,400 m2) structure houses studios and lecture labs for ceramics, art metals, drawing, painting and digital art. A large rotunda is located at the front of the building. There are instructional rooms for the study of dance and percussion music. The arts center also opened in January 2012 at the same time as the Lewis Energy Academic Center.
The LCC renovation plan is divided into four phases, including $15,000 worth of work to the President's Home. The initial plan did not propose a new academic building because of the costs, but the LCC trustees decided to build a new permanent facility instead of less expensive but temporary piecemeal renovations. Maldonado said that the trustees "took a pre-calculated risk . . . and made a decision to move forward." Former trustees president Pete Saenz, a Laredo attorney and a candidate for mayor of Laredo in 2014, said at the groundbreaking, "We can't depend on anyone else," a reference to declining state funds for community colleges.
Oddly, the renovation plan was designed in part to accommodate anticipated higher enrollments in the future, but enrollment declined by 7 percent in the fall of 2012.
Bond election approved
On February 13, 2014, the trustees voted six-to-two to call a special election on May 10 for a $100 million bond issue to finance the third phase of major renovations to the campus. Work on the Main Campus will include renovations to the Yeary Library and the Dr. Leonides G. Cigarroa Science Building. Plans call for construction on the Main Campus of new science labs and of a building to house an oil and natural gas program. On the South Campus construction is proposed for a student union building and a health science center. Two trustees, Jesse A. Porras and Gilberto Martinez, Jr., voted against holding the special election. Board president Cynthia Mares, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Webb County treasurer in the March 4 primary election, was absent from the meeting.
Voters approved the bond issue in a low-turnout election, 1,671 (63.5 percent) to 961 (36.5 percent).
The $100 million bond issue will finance a new building on the South Campus for Health Sciences and the Student Union. On the main campus will be an Oil and Gas facility and the expansion of the Cigarroa Science building. Other pending changes will impact the:
- Yeary Library
- Guadalupe and Lilla Martinez Fine Arts Center
- De la Garza Import-Export Building
- Lopez Nuring building
- Garcia Allied Health building
- Arechiga Hall office building
- Five units of student athlete housing.
The main campus, also known as the Fort McIntosh Campus because of its location on historic Fort McIntosh, is situated at the west end of Washington Street in downtown Laredo. The campus has many of the original United States Army buildings from the old fort along with modern buildings from the 1940s to the 21st century. The campus is situated on a small hill on the bend above the Rio Grande. The campus has nearly thirty buildings.
Effective August 1, 2013, the LCC campus became smoke-free. Previously, smoking had been banned in campus buildings but was permitted outdoors. With one dissenting vote from trustee Allen Tijerina, the board adopted the smoke-free policy. Tijerina instead had advocated for designated areas for tobacco use, rather than the outright ban.
Memorial Hall (previously University Hall) houses main administrative offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Assessment Center, Bursar's Office, Advising, and classrooms.
Kazen College Center (popularly called "The Kazen") located on the Main Mall opened in 1974. It provides a central place for student activities. The center was closed for a $6.56 million renovation project from June 2012 to March 2014. The building is named for the late U.S. Representative Abraham "Chick" Kazen, Jr., of Laredo. The project includes the establishment of the Abraham Kazen Exhibit Room, which houses archival memorabilia of the congressman's political activities, such as office furniture, awards, photographs, and presidential pens used for special signings. The renovation includes expansion of the Office of Student Life and Health Services and space for the Honors Program. In addition to expanded cafeteria space and meal offerings, the Kazen has television sets, an inflatable movie screen, Wi-Fi access, and pool and table tennis tables. The first floor houses the Cafeteria, Student Activities Office, Dining rooms, Television lounges, Meeting rooms, and in a rear addition the Bookstore. The second floor houses the Job Readiness Center, Game room, Student galleries, and the Office of Student Life and Health Services. The center of the building has a two-story atrium equipped with seating and tables for studying, dining, and visiting. The Atrium is equipped with a stage, lights, and speakers for performances.
Martinez Performing Fine Arts Center - Completed in 2003, this facility is the hub of instructional activity for the LCC Music, Dance and Visual Arts programs. It contains sculpture and photography laboratories, state of the art music laboratories and a 500-seat auditorium for performance arts. It is named for the late philanthropists Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez, whose family foundation provided financial support for constructing and equipping the facility. On April 17, 2011, the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Brendan Townsend, completed its 31st season at the Martinez Center.
Harold Yeary Library, named for Laredo businessman, school board member, and civic leader Harold R. Yeary (1908–1969), houses books, periodicals, references, computer labs, and study rooms for student uses. There are about 138,050 articles in literature and about 538 current periodicals and 63 online subscriptions. The library also houses the Fort McIntosh Gallery which features a gallery of photos and paintings of the old fort. The library has a seating capacity of 580. Both Harold Yeary and his son, Amber Milton Yeary, II (born 1938), also of Laredo, served as past presidents of the Texas School Boards Association.
Maravillo Gymnasium - Named for the first Laredoan to die in the line of duty in World War II, Corporal Quintin Maravillo, the gym is located at the end of the main mall atop a small hill. The building was dedicated to the memory of LCC students who have died in war. The gymnasium and classroom building supports the LCC Kinesiology, Athletics, and Intramural Sports programs.
David "Dave" Segler, who died in Rockport in 2007 at the age of seventy-seven, assumed duties as the first director of the LCC athletic program in 1972, shortly after the completion of the Maravillo Gymnasium. He also was the basketball coach, but the school later disbanded that program and now offers baseball, volleyball, and tennis.
Dr. Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., Science Laboratory Building, a new facility, houses laboratories for the Science Department. It is named for a Laredo physician long active in the promotion of medical education.
Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, named for a deceased Laredo philanthropist, this facility is a living laboratory for students of all ages to study mathematics, science and other related disciplines. The center contains representations of the Rio Grande ecosystem and live specimens of plant and animal life. School children take part in the center's eco-curriculum through instructional tours scheduled on weekdays throughout the school year.
A rescued white-tailed deer named Precioso, which was rehabilitated from an injury in 2011, will soon reside at the LCC environmental science center. Tom Miller, the director of the center, said that the native deer, a regulated game animal, is one of the few kinds of deer which the state allows for display. An 8,000-square foot pen will house the animal.
Arechiga Hall, primarily an historic building used for faculty offices, is a restoration of the officers' quarters of the former Fort McIntosh. It is named for former LCC President Domingo Arechiga (1926–1987).
Lerma-Pena Learning Center has a large computer-based learning laboratory on the ground floor and classrooms on the second level. It is located behind the LCC entrance sign. The building is named for two Laredo firefighters who perished in a fire on campus in January 1974.
Fort McIntosh Park - This recreation complex has a swimming pool, baseball field, softball field, batting cages, H.E. Butt Tennis Courts, and concession facilities for student athletics and recreational programs. The LCC tennis team in May 2009 won its fifth consecutive national title and received recognition from the Laredo City Council.
Crispin "Doc" Sanchez Baseball Field - Within Fort McIntosh Park, the baseball field is named for the college's former athletic director, dean of student services, and promoter of Hispanic educational opportunities, Crispin Sanchez.
The South Campus
The Laredo Community College South Campus, located at 5500 South Zapata Highway (U.S. Highway 83) at coordinates , was established to extend the college's mission to the growing residential area of south Laredo. More than 80 percent of voters approved a $50 million bond issue to construct the second campus, which was completed in the spring of 2004. The 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus contains seven buildings and will be expanded in the future to develop athletic and recreational fields and courts. The second campus sits on a small valley near the bank of the Rio Grande.
In April 2012, the LCC trustees approved feasibility studies for a new health science center and student union building on the South Campus. If considered needed, LCC would add these proposed projects to the list of some forty improvements still underway on the Main Campus.
Academic and Advanced Technology Center - Computer and science laboratories, lecture halls, classrooms and faculty offices fill the Academic and Advanced Technology Center. The building's first floor contains offices for the Child Development Department and the LCC Community Education Department. The second floor contains offices for the LCC Computer Electronics Department, language laboratories for the study of English and foreign languages, and distance education classrooms.
Hall Student Center - Named for the late State Representative William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr., this two-story facility is designed as the hub of student life, including: Meeting and Conference Rooms, Bursar's Office, Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center, Admissions Office, Bookstore, Cafeteria, TV Room, Assessment Center, Mailroom, Print Services, Student Computer Resource Room, Student Employment Services, Campus Nurse, and administrative offices.
Raquel Gonzalez Automotive Technology Center -- Named for former LCC trustee Raquel Gonzalez, the center trains future mechanics in the latest techniques in automotive repair and maintenance.
Prada Child Development Center - The new LCC Child Development Laboratory is a model teaching area for LCC students who are taking early childhood development courses in preparation for education careers in the community's child care centers. It contains six classrooms for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds, a kitchen and two outdoor playgrounds. This facility is named for Camilo Prada, whose family developed the residential neighborhoods around the LCC South campus and provided student support through scholarships and other gifts.
Treviño Fitness Center - Named for the late LCC trustee J.C. Trevino, Jr., this classroom and Fitness Center contains 13,600 square feet (1,260 m2) of space that will serve all students attending classes at LCC South with a gymnasium, fitness rooms, locker rooms and a therapy room with sauna. These facilities are used by the Regional Police Academy for its physical training component.
Senator Judith Zaffirini Library - The Zaffirini Library named for State Senator Judith Zaffirini of Laredo is located on the LCC South campus in Building B. It is equipped with a Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, a Media Center, a copy room, and a computer lab where bibliographic instruction is offered. Interlibrary loan services are available online and through the Circulation Desk, and bibliographic instruction sessions can be scheduled through the Reference Desk. The library has the capacity to house 18,000 volumes. Online and Internet services are readily available throughout the building.
LCC president and administration
In the summer of 2007, Juan Maldonado (born 1948), who holds a Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in Denton, formerly the executive vice president, succeeded Ramon H. Dovalina as the LCC president. A graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, Dovalina had served as LCC president since 1995. In September 2010, Maldonado received a contract extension, salary increase, performance bonus, and a $5,000 contribution to his tax-sheltered annuity retirement fund. His pay through August 2013 was set at $163,211 per year.
Former LCC staff member Jesse A. Porras, the board secretary, ran unopposed in the trustees election held on November 2, 2010 but faced two challengers in the November 4, 2014 election. The current trustee president, Cynthia Mares, had in the 1980s as Cynthia M. Jackson been the secretary to former LCC president Roger L. Worsley, who upon his resignation relocated to Camden, Arkansas. In 1999, Mares became the Webb County director of administrative services, a position she still retains under the supervision of the county commissioners.
On September 28, 2007, the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of LCC, Dovalina and his predecessor, Roger Worsley, were bestowed president-emeritus status. At the ceremony, trustee Carlos Carranco, Jr., of Laredo, the current board vice-president and himself a former LJC student, told the Laredo Morning Times that the institution "from very humble beginnings has evolved to serve the needs of the community."
Each year LCC presents the "President's Beacon Award" to a civic figure whose contributions have led to the advancement of the community. The 2012 winners are businessman Steve LaMantia of Laredo and his wife, Linda. LaMantia is a founder of the South Texas Academic Rising Scholars program, which has assisted more than six thousand students in pursuit of higher education.
On September 26, 2013, several members of the LCC Faculty Senate appeared before the college board of trustees to call for "shared governance" with the college administration. The Senate seeks more input regarding such issues as salary discrepancies and evaluation of administrators. Senate meetings are closed to the media; members said that they cannot speak out without fear of reprisal from the administration. Their sole avenue to bring forward grievances is during the few minutes allowed for public testimony at open meetings of the trustees.
The West End Post
In May 2012, a group of students and their advisor, Virginia Rodriguez, established The West End Post, a student newspaper publication. WEP reports on activities on and off campus affecting students and the community. Working alongside LCC's quality enhancement program, WEP promotes literacy. In April 2013, WEP received the Outstanding Organization award along with an Outstanding Advisor award for Rodriguez.
Trustee J.C. "Pepe" Treviño, Jr.
Jose C. "Pepe" Treviño, Jr. (May 31, 1930 — March 27, 2007), was a Laredo businessman, who served thirty-two years on the LCC board of trustees. He was particularly known for his promotion of youth activities but discouraged attention to his philanthropic endeavors, such as support for the Sacred Heart Children's Home orphanage and the Boys Club and Girls Club of Laredo. The Laredo Morning Times named him "Laredoan of the Year" for 2007.
Treviño was appointed to the LCC board by his future colleagues effective January 15, 1975, to fill the Position 4 seat vacated by Carlos H. Mata. He was then elected to five six-year terms, beginning on April 3, 1976. His last election was in May 2006, when he faced a stronger-than-usual opponent in businessman and former trustee Sabas Zapata, III, for a term of which Treviño completed less than one year. His last term would have extended until 2012. He was the board vice-president in 1986, 1990, and from 1992-1994. On the board, he was known for his attention to details and was a constant advocate to keep down taxes and tuition.
Treviño established his Southern Enterprises beverage company in 1957 and was heavily involved in business ventures in both the United States and Mexico. He was a director of the former Laredo National Bank since 1975.
Treviño was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Laredo to Jose C. Treviño, Sr., and the former Victoria Salinas (1902–1981). He was a brother of Olga Trevino Barnes and Maria "Bebe" Zuñiga, who made a strong race for mayor of Laredo in 1990 but lost to Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., and brother-in-law of Carlos Alberto Zuñiga, Sr. (1927-2011), a former member of the Laredo City Council. He graduated from Martin High School in 1947. That same year he married the former Rose Ella Tarver. The couple reared six children: Laredo attorney J.C. "Pepe" Treviño, III (born 1949), and wife Adrienne, Diana T. Garcia and husband Ricardo, Roberto Treviño and wife Prissy, Anna Laura Treviño, Guillermo Treviño and wife Tammy, and Carlos F. Treviño and wife Pauline. There were also fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Treviño died of cancer. Services were held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Laredo. He was interred at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo. Monsignor Thomas A. Davis described his friend Trevino as a man of "deep faith", prayer, and courage. We always turned to Pepe for help. Most people will never know the good work he was doing because he did not seek notice or recognition."
The Treviño Fitness Center on the South Campus of Laredo Community Center is named in Treviño's honor. Treviño was succeeded on the board by Edward Charles "Ed" Sherwood (born c. 1941), a Laredo businessman who was named in 2010 as board vice president. Sherwood, however, was unseated by Allen Tijerina (born 1987) in the election held on November 6, 2012. Tijerina, an LCC graduate is a biology teacher at Martin High School and is the youngest person thus far ever elected as an LCC trustee.
- Louis H. Bruni – Laredo businessman, former Webb County county judge and former member of the Laredo City Council
- Esther Buckley (Class of 1965, 1948–2013) – Martin High School science educator, member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1983 to 1992, former chairman of the Republican Party in Webb County
- Kaleb Canales – Assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association; former interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and at the time the youngest active head coach in the NBA, the first Mexican American NBA coach
- Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr. — Attorney at Vinson and Elkins in Houston; formerly the general counsel to former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
- Carlos Carranco, Jr. – Laredo businessman and LCC trustee since 1990
- Henry Cuellar – U.S. representative from Texas's 28th congressional district since 2005
- Ramon Dovalina – LCC president, 1995-2007
- Rick Flores – Webb County sheriff, 2004–2008
- Jerry Garza – Webb County Commissioner, 2005–2012
- Judd Gilpin – Laredo engineer and United Independent School District trustee since 2009
- Hector J. Liendo – Webb County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1; the overpass on Lafayette Street is named in his honor
- Mercurio Martinez, Jr. - Webb County administrative judge (1991–2002) and current LCC trustee
- Alicia Dickerson Montemayor – Latino political activist, feminist, and community organizer
- Rodolfo "Rudy" Rodriguez, Jr. — Webb County Precinct 1 constable
- Mario Santos, Jr. (Class of 1961) - sheriff of Webb County 1977–1988
- Allen Tijerina – Laredo educator and LCC trustee since 2012
- Rosaura Palacios "Wawi" Tijerina (Class of 1978), Webb County Precinct 2 commissioner since 2007; Laredo municipal judge, 1998-2002; LCC criminal justice faculty, 1988-2008; Laredo attorney in private practice
- Tano Tijerina, former minor league pitcher for Milwaukee Brewers, incoming County Judge of Webb County, effective 2015
- Danny Valdez – Webb County (administrative) judge 2007 to December 31, 2014
- Raul Vasquez — former Texas state district judge
- Judith Zaffirini – Texas state senator from District 21 since 1987
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- "Kazen center reopens", Laredo Morning Times, March 22, 2014, p. 3A
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- Stephanie Ibarra, "LCC trustees OK deer", Laredo Morning Times, April 17, 2012, p. 3A
- Stephanie Ibarra, "LCC South may get help," Laredo Morning Times, April 26, 2012, p. 3A
- "Maldonado gets contract extension, more," Laredo Morning Times, October 11, 2010, p. 1
- Aldo Amato, "Commissioners chastise county official", Laredo Morning Times, October 15, 2014, p. 1
- "Art of Living: Steve and Linda LaMantia", Laredo Morning Times, April 8, 2012, p. 8C
- "Cody Permenter, LCC rules keep professors from speaking about faculty concerns, October 6, 2013". Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
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