ELAC professor awarded PBS Kids ‘Early Learning Champion’

October 18, 2023

ELAC Child Development Center’s Nancy Duran won PBS Kids’ “Early Learning Champions,” Class of 2023 along with 13 others around the nation earlier this month. Known to many as “Teacher Nancy,” Duran is the only recipient in this year’s award from California, representing Los Angeles’ local station PBS SoCal.


ELAC professor directs ‘Appropriate’ play

October 22, 2018

By Steven Adamo Known for doing plays that excite the audience, director and ELAC professor Rodney Lloyd Scott is trying something more personal in his latest play, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Appropriate,” closing Sunday. “This story was close to me because it’s about racism,” Scott said. “Racism is real and certain people run into it daily. I’ve kind of shied away from it in theater because it’s a touchy subject, but I…


Retired professor Louie Sarracino dies at age 95

By Dorany Pineda Retired professor of speech and communications Louie Sarracino, who taught at East Los Angeles College for 53 years before retiring in 2002, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 95. Sarracino is remembered by family and friends as having been friendly and fun, and loved by all his students. “Louie was really personable and funny,” Tom Atha, a speech professor, said. “He had a lot of…

November 1, 2017

Professor plans to retire, enjoy Florida

By Freddy Monares Looking forward to the title “retired,” department chair of Automobile Technology Walter Kangas is prepared to live on his lake-front property in Florida after his last day at East Los Angeles College on June 30. Kangas has been with ELAC since Aug. 2001 and says his biggest accomplishment for the college is getting the department certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in 2003. This…

May 9, 2012