Laredo College Assistant Professor
and Clinical Coordinator of Radiologic Technology Alonzo Laurel is a proud
Palomino graduate who returned to his alma mater to change many students’ lives.
When Laurel graduated from
Cigarroa High School in 2000, his new challenge was to find the perfect degree
for a successful career, and he found it at LC. After completing his introductory
courses, he enrolled in the Laredo College Radiologic Technology Program and
proudly graduated in 2004. In the program, he met his long-time friend and now
colleague Cesar Rodriguez, assistant professor of medical assistant.
That same year, he began working
with Dr. Ricardo Cigarroa at the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute. He had
the opportunity to cross-train in nuclear medicine until 2008 when he became eligible and passed
the national exam to become a certified nuclear
medicine technologist. Laurel also worked for Laredo Specialty
Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Laredo.
A year later, he moved to McAllen
with his family, where he worked as a nuclear medicine technologist at the Rio
Grande Regional Hospital and the McAllen Medical Center. He rotated between
both entities, which he enjoyed because he gained experience and knowledge in
radiology and nuclear medicine.
In 2011, he obtained his
Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Science at Midwestern State University.
He would have never thought that they
would return to Laredo eight years later and become instructors at LC. Rodriguez
mentioned to Laurel about the fantastic opportunity the institution offered to
become a Radiologic Technology Program professor. Now, his wife also teaches
sonography at the LC Allied Health Department. They are both enjoying the new
facilities and advanced equipment provided to the programs.
Laurel mentions that Dean of
Health Sciences and Nursing Programs Director Dr. Dianna Miller and Radiologic Technology and Diagnostic Medical
Sonography Program Director Hortencia Gonzalez have supported his
profession greatly. He has become a better professor at the college because of
their support. He has adapted his teaching to several types of learners and
likes to provide extra tutoring to students. Flexibility is vital for his
students to succeed.
He will graduate in August 2022 with
a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at MD Anderson School of Health
Professions in Radiologic Sciences with Educational Track. He attributes his
advance to his wife, Sandra K. Laurel, for supporting, guiding and motivating
Our institution is proud of
students who succeed thanks to their continuous efforts to excel academically.
For the past 75 years, the college has provided the necessary tools for their
academic enrichment and growth. It is an honor for Laredo College to prepare
our students to positively impact our community and the economic growth of the
South Texas region.