Alfonso Ribeiro wins the Pro/Celebrity race at Grand Prix of Long Beach

 By: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan521597674 favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” also won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

“I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they’ve been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have,” Ribeiro said.

Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro.

“It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports,” said Papis. “This is the best street course in America, maybe the world.”

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‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Last Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at Long Beach Grand Prix

By: Debbie Emery,  Yahoo/The Wrap

“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the final ever Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.

la-sp-long-beach-grand-prix-celebrity-race-201-001He beat out star drivers including Adam CarollaFrankie MunizBrian Austin Green and fellow “Silver Spoons” alum Ricky Schroder at the 40th annual race, which ends after this year.

The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015.

Ribeiro actually credited Schroder for getting him into the racing scene, telling TheWrap before the race: “I came here with him, hung out during the practice and had a blast … I fell in love with it. Several years later they asked me to do it and there was no way I was going to say no.

“In these cars, we get up to 120 mph, but in my real professional driving, I’ve reached 190,” he revealed. “It’s good fun!”

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Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

By: Michael Walker, The Hollywood Reporter

Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Keanu Reeves and Al Unser, Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009.

Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years.

The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children’s hospitals in the U.S.

This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: CBS 2 LOS ANGELES, Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute Opens In Long Beach

By Stephanie Simmons, CBS 2 Los Angeles

Long Beach just welcomed a new resident: the Universal Technical Institute.

“It means opportunity for a future coming up,” said Nickalas Stafford, a student.

In two years or less, he and other students will be able to hone their technical skills with a chance of becoming hired after graduationCMteuz2WwAAtfdi

“You have to have a promising career and a lot of things are lucrative in this business,” he said.

Prior to its Long Beach opening, the closet UTI location was in Rancho Cucamonga.

“One of the two main reasons that we brought the campus to the Long Beach area was because the employers in this area were under-served from a graduate-availability standpoint or a technician-hiring standpoint and also we had a lot of demand from prospective students here,” Larry Hohl, the UTI campus president, said.

The new, 142,000-square-foot facility is a mechanic’s dream, offering state-of-the-art auto, diesel, and collision repair labs.

Students will also have access to state-of-the-industry spray booths, allowing them to work on two cars at once.

The demand for car experts is on the rise.

In fact, the state Employment Development Department estimates technician jobs will increase 15 percent by 2022.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: GRUNION GAZETTE, Universal Technial Institute

Long Beach Adds Technical Institute For Post-High School Education

 By Emily Thornton, Grunion Gazette

Another education option beyond high school is coming to Long Beach in the form of a technical institute. Specifically, the Universal Technical Institute. UTI Long Beasch Campus

UTI Long Beach’s ribbon cutting will be Aug. 18 by Mayor Robert Garcia, with classes starting the day before, on Aug. 17.

The charter class of enrolled students previewed the facility at 4175 E. Conant St. last week. It is part of the growing Douglas Park industrial area just north of the Long Beach Airport. The group of about 250, including guests, saw the 13 classrooms and 19 labs covering 142,593 square feet.

Areas of study at UTI Long Beach include automotive, diesel, collision repair, as well as auto and diesel combined. There also is Nissan Automotive Technician Training elective that readies students to work on the full line of Nissan and Infiniti models, tools and technologies, as well as smog elective on California campuses. Courses offered vary by UTI campus location and run three to four weeks. Students may enroll any time during the year. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

There is strong demand for trained workers in the automotive, diesel and collision repair specialties due to Long Beach’s proximity to Southern California’s busy ports, industries and reliance on vehicle travel, said Larry Hohl, president of the new campus. That’s partly why they decided to open a campus in Long Beach.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: LONG BEACH POST, Universal Technical Institute

Future Long Beach Auto Tech Institute to Host Tour at Local Trucking Facility

By Stephanie Rivera, Long Beach Post

Hundreds of people interested in becoming automotive technicians are expected to attend a “Future Tech” event Thursday night to learn more about the high-demand transportation industry, according to Universal Technical Institute-Long Beach officials who organized the event. Long Beach

“Future Tech” events are held offsite at a leading local employer and are designed to raise awareness of the ongoing demand for skilled technicians in the transportation industry and give students, potential students and their parents a real world snapshot of what today’s industry expects of its technicians, and why industry-recognized training can help with career mobility,” said Larry Hohl, campus president of the soon-to-open UTI-Long Beach.

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By Stephanie Rivera, Long Beach Post

Roosevelt Elementary School community members were treated to a special visit during Friday morning’s school assembly.

img_0209More than a dozen men, mostly from the Long Beach community, presented themselves in front of the school as the financial donors of Food For
Long Beach Kids—an on-campus program created to address child hunger on weekends, when free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches are not available to students.

“We were hearing from schools, from teachers and principals that kids were showing up starving and hungry,” said Tim McBride, a founding member of Team 100—an organization created in 2012 to fund Food For Long Beach Kids. “We thought in a city with so many haves and have-nots, there are plenty of us that have that care about our community and we wanted to get together and do something.”

So McBride and a few others quickly gathered 100 like-minded men to create Team 100.

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