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LC alumni return to make a difference in education   



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 him. 


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.