December 2014

Trio of classified staff win 2014 worker excellence award
12/16/2014 - Three classified staffers have been honored by the Governing Board as this year’s picks for an employee excellence award lauding behind-the-scenes workers key to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and the East County college district.

Bill Garrett returns as Governing Board president for 2015
12/11/2014 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve an eighth straight year as president, while Mary Kay Rosinski was picked as vice president and Greg Barr as board clerk for 2015.

Cuyamaca College's past presidents lauded at portrait unveilings
12/09/2014 - Cuyamaca College’s past presidents are now part of campus history for all to see after Monday’s unveiling of four framed portraits in pencil.

Grossmont College, Point Loma Nazarene University partner for 4-year nursing degree
12/05/2014 - Starting next fall, graduates of the Grossmont College nursing program can seamlessly continue their education and receive their bachelor’s in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the community college campus.

Office Professional Training program helps change lives
12/02/2014 - Residents 50 years old or older who are looking for work are encouraged to attend an upcoming informational session needed before enrolling in a free, hugely successful, Grossmont College program that provides students with new job skills and employment-seeking strategies. Job seekers can sign up for either a Dec. 4 or Dec. 10 session.

November 2014

Winter means it's time to jam at annual Cuyamaca College music fest
11/25/2014 - Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s homegrown music fest put on by students in the Music Industry Studies program and featuring four local bands and musicians playing pop, rock and folk music – is set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the performing arts theater.


Mexican consulate awards $15,000 for scholarships
11/21/2014 - For the second year in a row, the Mexican Consulate has awarded $15,000 to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District that will be used to award scholarships to 15 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students of Mexican descent.

Cuyamaca College center working to boost high school students' financial literacy
11/20/2014 - The Cuyamaca College-based San Diego Center for Economic Education will help update the financial literacy curriculum at high schools in the San Diego Unified School District under a new two-year, $161,533 grant.

Registration begins for winter session classes
11/19/2014 - Registration has begun for winter session – or intersession – classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges that start Jan. 5. Registration has also begun for spring 2015 classes, which start Jan 26, 2015.

New Campus and Parking Services director pulls into a spot at college district
11/18/2014 - Nicole Conklin, the district’s new Campus and Parking Services (CAPS) director, describes herself as a “parking nerd,” having dealt with the many issues involved in parking since she was 16 years old.

Barbecue honors Cuyamaca College student veterans
11/14/2014 - Cuyamaca College student veterans and active-duty military students were honored at a barbecue at the Water Conservation Garden.

College district names new vice chancellor of human resources
11/10/2014 - Tim Corcoran, a leader in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s human resources department since 2010, has been named vice chancellor of human resources following a nationwide search.

Two Cuyamaca College employees are honored
11/06/2014 - Both came to Cuyamaca College after long careers in other fields. Both have become invaluable, behind-the-scenes employees who are making sure that operations at the 9,000-student East County campus run smoothly. And both Michael Erickson and Corina Trevino have been honored with the Cuyamaca Way Award, which honors students, faculty or staff who best exemplifies the values of Cuyamaca College.

New members appointed to citizen's bond oversight committee
11/06/2014 - A retired bank manager and a healthcare educator have been appointed to serve on the citizens’ committee charged with ensuring that revenues from two construction bonds for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are spent as promised to voters.

October 2014

East County college, high school district form alliance
10/29/2014 - A unique partnership designed to provide East County high school students with a smoother path to college and a career was announced today by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the Grossmont Union High School District.

Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke selected to lead MiraCosta College
10/01/2014 - After more than seven years as president of Grossmont College, Sunita V. Cooke has been chosen to serve as the new superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in northern San Diego County beginning in January 2015.

September 2014

Nurses put on thinking caps to brainstorm about new alumni group
09/29/2014 - About two dozen nurses had a reunion of sorts recently at Grossmont College to launch a nursing program alumni group with the support of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.

New staff for Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges
09/25/2014 - The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges has stepped up its donor recruitment and fundraising efforts to benefit students with the hiring of a new staff.

Grossmont Middle College High School students score big
09/23/2014 - Four of the top high school seniors in the country are enrolled at the small Grossmont Middle College High School, according the latest results of a National Merit Scholarship competition.

Hyde Art Galley opens "Of the Element" exhibit Sept. 29
09/22/2014 - Local artists’ work will go on display in “Of the Element,” opening to the public Sept. 29 in the Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. The five local artists represented include David Fobes, Steve Gibson, Anne Mudge, Marisol Rendon and Robert Treat. Their work will be on display through Nov. 6.

Cuyamaca College to host Sept. 26 congressional debate
09/18/2014 - Cuyamaca College will host the only debate between Rep. Duncan Hunter and challenger James Kimber in the campaign for the 50th Congressional District seat.

Grossmont College music professor nominated for Best Jazz Album
09/17/2014 - The debut album of Grossmont College music professor Justin Grinnell has been nominated for a San Diego Music Award for best jazz album.

National diversity award for college district
09/16/2014 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Tuesday received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Campuses address sexual assault prevention
09/16/2014 - As part of National Campus Safety Awareness month, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are holding events addressing sexual assault prevention.

Budget picture improves, but still in recovery
09/15/2014 - The $134 million general fund budget approved Tuesday for 2014-15 by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board represents a boost over last year, but it is still nearly $1.35 million below what was funded for students for the peak year of 2008.

Colleges honor victims of 9/11 attacks
09/10/2014 - Memorial ceremonies marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held Thursday at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with the planting of 2,977 American flags representing the victims and the reading of names for everyone who lost his or her life.

Grossmont College Students’ Perseverance Rewarded with Scholarships
09/10/2014 - From struggles out of poverty to fleeing war-torn home countries to surviving personal tragedy, the perseverance of dozens of Grossmont College students was recognized Sept. 6 at the annual fall scholarship breakfast.

Diversity Dialogues continue to engage at Cuyamaca College
09/08/2014 - The power of music. People of different generations working together. Disabilities that go unrecognized. Talking to your kids about diversity. These topics and more will be covered over the fall semester in six workshops at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues, a series now in its third year that focuses on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.

Fall concert series at Cuyamaca College
09/04/2014 - Music from the Middle East, a classical string quartet, contemporary tunes from Argentina, and a pop, rock, and soul ensemble playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon are among the performances set for Cuyamaca College’s fall concert series that begins Sept. 18.

Top faculty lauded by colleges
09/02/2014 - The names of the awards may be different, but the intent is the same: to honor the passion and dedication of faculty chosen by their peers as the year’s best at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Four faculty members – two from each college -- were honored recently with the academic year’s leading awards recognizing exemplary service to the campuses by either classroom or non-classroom faculty.

August 2014

Rotary Club donates $7,000 to Cuyamaca College as parting gift
08/21/2014 - The Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club has gone out with a bang. The service organization, which disbanded this summer after 49 years because of declining membership, has donated more than $35,000 in its bank account to an array of nonprofits and educational groups, including more than $7,000 to Cuyamaca College.

Fall semester begins with more classes, faculty
08/12/2014 - Fall semester begins Aug. 18 for more than 25,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with additional class offerings and instructors at the two East County colleges. Grossmont College is offering 1,605 class sections, compared to 1,548 last fall and Cuyamaca College, 694, up from 679 in 2013. Students still have the opportunity to register for fall classes, with the colleges continuing online registration through Aug. 15. Schedules and registration links are available on each college’s website, www.cuyamaca.edu and www.grossmont.edu.

July 2014

Culinary Arts dinner tickets now on sale
07/29/2014 - The fall 2014 Grossmont College Culinary Arts dinner tickets are on now on sale for $20 per person. The menu is banquet-style service of a six-course, gourmet meal prepared and served by culinary arts students in the culinary arts dining room located in Griffin Center (Bldg. 60/Room 177).

Completion of $2.1 million lighting upgrade marks Prop. V start
07/23/2014 - A $2.1 million lighting upgrade at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges – the first project completed under the college district’s Proposition V construction bond program – is being hailed for dramatically improving visibility and greater energy savings.

Orientation for Grossmont College's Adult Reentry program
07/21/2014 - The goal of the program is to provide prospective students an overview of the training opportunities and support available to students.

Summer Conservatory at Grossmont College
07/14/2014 - The clang of swords in a staged fight, period costumes and sets, and a classic tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and honor will be presented in The Three Musketeers, on stage July 24 – 26, 30, 31, in the Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Presented as part of the first-ever Theatre Arts Department summer conservatory, the production features local high school and college students in acting and technical roles.

Grossmont, Cuyamaca grads join Grad Fest to kick off alumni group
07/08/2014 - The ink barely dry on their diplomas and certificates, hundreds of new graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges joined together for a recent networking party and Padres game to throw the opening pitch for a new alumni association.

'Give the Dream' music video raises $91,000 for colleges' foundation
07/07/2014 - It’s music to the ears of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, which has tallied more than $91,000 in donations from its Give the Dream music video fundraising campaign that ended last week.


June 2014

El Cajon Elks Lodge helps Up! students at Cuyamaca College
06/30/2014 - Thirty students in a Cuyamaca College program that provides a measure of support often missing in their lives as former foster youth received school supplies and vouchers for books and transportation from the El Cajon Elks Lodge Thursday.

U.S. Labor Secretary Visits Welcome Back Center at Grossmont College
06/26/2014 - U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited June 26 with foreign-trained health care workers to learn about the San Diego Welcome Back Center located at Grossmont College.

Ernest Ewin takes on new role with Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges
06/25/2014 - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.

Associate dean selected for Cuyamaca Way Award
06/24/2014 - Cuyamaca College Associate Dean of Student Affairs Lauren Vaknin was selected to receive a Cuyamaca Way award for her dedication to students.

Summer basketball camps for kids
06/23/2014 - For parents looking for a way their kids could burn off energy in a fun, safe way, coaches at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges are leading coed basketball camps in July and August.

New student trustee joins district Governing Board
06/18/2014 - Jocelyn Estrada, a business administration major, is the new Cuyamaca College student trustee on the Governing Board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Cuyamaca College student makes Haitian humanitarian effort her personal cause
06/16/2014 - Life is filled with pivotal moments, but for Cuyamaca College student Dani-Jo Hill, none more so than on a particular day in March 2011, when a chance encounter during a church-sponsored visit to Haiti forever altered her future path.

Job fair returns to Cuyamaca after 3-year hiatus
06/12/2014 - A job and career fair at Cuyamaca College specially geared toward the refugee and immigrant population drew more than 300 jobseekers Thursday and about 40 companies and businesses looking to hire.

Grossmont College Nursing Grads Honored in Pinning Ceremony
06/09/2014 - Twenty-nine Grossmont College nursing graduates received their nursing pins in a ceremony on June 5.

East County Community Job & Career Expo at Cuyamaca College
06/09/2014 - With commencements now over and sheepskins and certificates now in the possession of newly minted college graduates, Cuyamaca College is joining community entities in sponsoring the East County Community Job and Career Expo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in I-207 in the Student Center.

Graduates earn record number of degrees, certificates at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
06/09/2014 - More than 2,000 graduates have received a record number of degrees and certificates from Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges in the annual celebrations of academic accomplishment, evenings made memorable by inspirational speeches, congratulatory moments, proud families and joyous graduates.

May 2014

Cuyamaca College on list of top veteran-friendly colleges
05/30/2014 - Cuyamaca College has been ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteran-friendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine, the only community college in San Diego County to earn the distinction.

Summer course offerings expanded
05/28/2014 - Students signing up for summer session classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have more than four times the number of sections to choose from compared to two years ago, with a variety of classes being offered to help students get the credits they need to reach their educational goals.

Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges to award record number of degrees, certificates
05/27/2014 - More than 2,000 graduates will receive a record number of degrees and certificates from Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges in the first week of June, a substantial increase that can be attributed to student success initiatives that are helping students at both East County campuses to achieve their educational goals.

'Give the Dream' music video launches fundraising drive
05/23/2014 - The Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges has kicked off a six-week fundraising drive for its Give the Dream student grants with the launching of a music video that viewers and potential donors are being encouraged to share via social media.

Sheriff awards commendations in connection with Grossmont parking structure assault
05/23/2014 - A Grossmont College student, two sheriff’s deputies and a public safety dispatcher were honored Thursday morning by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for actions leading to the arrest of a man who accosted a lone female student as she was getting into her car in the Grossmont College parking structure last October.

College district expands popular College for Kids summer offerings
05/15/2014 - Registration is now open for College for Kids, the popular summer enrichment program for elementary and middle-schoolers offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program.

Coyote Music Festival now set for Saturday, May 31
05/15/2014 - Homegrown live music from seven bands with a diverse mix of styles will be coming to Cuyamaca College with the return of the Coyote Music Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. This is the rescheduled date of the event, postponed last month due to inclement weather.


Cuyamaca College offers Perfect Interview tool to students, public
05/07/2014 - As graduation season approaches and the latest batch of newly-minted college graduates begin looking for work, the Cuyamaca College Career and Student Employment Center will soon offer a free service to help job-seekers prepare for that all-important interview.

Chancellor Miles to participate in national library summit
05/02/2014 - Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, has been invited to join a select group of participants in a summit hosted by the American Library Association May 2 and 3 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Grossmont College OPT program selected for grant
05/01/2014 - Grossmont College was one of 17 colleges in the nation selected to receive a $2.67 million grant from the Walmart Foundation for its Job Reader, Willing and Able initiative.

April 2014

District names new Auxiliary executive director
04/30/2014 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has named experienced fundraiser Sally Cox as its new Auxiliary executive director, a position responsible for securing and managing millions of dollars in grants each year.

Cuyamaca College employee gets nod for Fulbright scholarship
04/30/2014 - Cuyamaca College employee Eddie Vasquez first read Nobel laureate and novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s writings at age 14.

Give the Dream music video to premiere at May 10 family fun day
04/29/2014 - A free East County Family Fun Day is set for Saturday, May 10, at Grossmont College to celebrate the premiere of a music video featuring local businesses, community members and students promoting Give the Dream, a philanthropic program of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.

'A Journey to the Sun' sheds light on Chaldean history
04/24/2014 - The eras from the Babylonian Empire to present-day Iraq will be depicted with the Cuyamaca College staging Wednesday, April 30, of “A Journey to the Sun,” a costume and music showcase and labor of love for Arabic instructor Aklas Sheai.

Public invited to join in making of 'Give the Dream' music video
04/21/2014 - Do you have a secret fantasy of appearing in a music video? Well, here’s your chance – the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is making a music video for Give the Dream, a program that provides emergency grants to students. All MTV-wannabes are invited to join the fun.


Cuyamaca College employee recognized for dedication to foster youth
04/14/2014 - Pam Fleming, a Cuyamaca College financial aid advisor, received an award from the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Association for her dedication to foster youth.

Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival all the fashion
04/10/2014 - SoCal casual – the sartorial style most days at Cuyamaca College – will give way to a more refined and polished look May 3, when about 100 students, college staff and their families will strut down a fashion show runway as part of this year’s Spring Garden Festival.

College for Kids for spring break
04/01/2014 - Scrambling for a place to send the kids during spring break? There’s still room at College for Kids at Cuyamaca College, an enrichment program for youth ages 8-14, set for April 14-17, 2014.

March 2014

District shares national award for 'Salary Surfer' launch
03/27/2014 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has won a prestigious gold Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for its role in launching “Salary Surfer,” an online innovation linking associate degrees and certificates to actual salaries.

College district's financial chief named top CFO for education
03/26/2014 - Sue Rearic, vice chancellor-business services for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, has been named 2014 CFO of the Year for education by the San Diego Business Journal.

District first in region to provide veterans' ally workshop
03/19/2014 - A half-day seminar at Cuyamaca College Friday opened many eyes to the experiences facing today’s military veterans as they pack away their service uniforms to join the civilian world, often coming to community colleges to begin a new chapter in their lives.

Young male students of color focus of community college workshop
03/12/2014 - In the wake of President Barack Obama’s declaration of the challenge of helping young men of color succeed as a “moral issue for the country,” Cuyamaca College recently held a workshop led by two San Diego State University professors highlighting the issue’s relevance to community colleges.

Colleges and district trio net national recognition
03/06/2014 - A trio of faculty and staff from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and the district office are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership.

Cuyamaca College receives $350,000 clean energy grant
03/03/2014 - Cuyamaca College has been selected to lead a regional program funded by a $350,000 state grant that will improve and expand the training provided to students in the booming clean energy field so that they will be better equipped to find good-paying jobs.

February 2014

Golf course expert to speak at sustainability seminar
02/28/2014 - A national expert in golf course environmental stewardship is a speaker for Cuyamaca College’s 6th Annual Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar set for Thursday, March 6.

'Artists for Healing' exhibit to benefit cancer research
02/27/2014 - Nearly 100 local artists, including Grossmont College art faculty, have donated their own artwork to “100 x 100 – Artists for Healing,” a benefit to raise money for the American Cancer Society that takes place from 7 – 9 p.m., March 14, in Hyde Art Gallery.

Grossmont College nets $108,000 AARP Foundation grant
02/26/2014 - The Office Professional Training (OPT) program at Grossmont College has received an AARP Foundation grant of nearly $108,000 to help unemployed women 50 and older obtain high-demand jobs.

Career, job skills workshops at Grossmont College
02/24/2014 - Grossmont College’s Adult Re-entry Seminars series continues 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, with “Train the Brain: Study Habits and Skills,” presented by counselor Theresa Ford.

Cuyamaca dean focuses on challenges facing black women in college leadership
02/19/2014 - As an African-American college dean, Marsha Gable knew she was taking a risk focusing on the touchy topic of race in her doctoral dissertation in 2011. But what resulted is a fascinating, intensely personal account of seven black women who managed to beat the odds to become CEOs in the state systems of public colleges and universities.

Financial Aid Awareness Week at Grossmont College
02/18/2014 - With the March 2 Cal Grant deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) looming, Grossmont College’s Financial Aid Department will host its first-ever Financial Aid Awareness Week, Feb. 24 – 28.

Colleges' foundation hosting homecoming event for retirees
02/12/2014 - The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges has its own take on the three R’s -- “Revisit, Reconnect, Rejuvenate.”

Local business leaders attend college district's launch of Global Corporate College
02/11/2014 - Business leaders from nearly a dozen local companies and organizations attended a recent launch of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s partnership with Global Corporate College, a higher education network ready to help corporations train their workforce to meet today’s needs.

Accreditation reaffirmed for Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
02/07/2014 - Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges received the welcome word today that they earned the highest level of endorsement by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

College district has its own Olympian achievement in decade of flawless audits
02/06/2014 - It’s a record that short-track speedster Apolo Ohno would envy. OK, so it isn’t the Sochi Olympics. But a decade run of spotless audits has Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District officials ready for a victory cartwheel, the signature move of alpine skier Tina Maze. The five separate audits presented last week to the Governing Board cover the district’s general audit; its part-time employees’ pension plan; the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, the district’s auxiliary, and Proposition R, the construction bond fund approved by East County voters in 2002.

Diversity awareness remains a focus at Cuyamaca College
02/05/2014 - Diversity awareness continues to be a goal at Cuyamaca College, where Black History Month includes a forum on African-American women leaders, and the return of the semester-long workshop series, Diversity Dialogues.

Grossmont College celebrates Black History Month
02/02/2014 - To honor the movements, traditions and legacies of peoples of the African diaspora, Grossmont College will host a variety of educational and entertainment events throughout February as part of Black History Month.

January 2014

Leaders, students urge legislators to support community colleges
01/30/2014 - It was a more upbeat mood than the past four years when representatives from community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties met with state legislators this week to advocate for funding and programs benefitting the more than 140,000 students who attend the nine colleges in the region.

District payroll tech draws on experience as art grad to help students
01/28/2014 - With a penchant for costumes and a flair for adding panache to any event, payroll technician Yvette Macy is known for a well-honed sense of fun.

Region's colleges net $1.4 million Career Pathways grant from state
01/27/2014 - A coalition of community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties has received a $1.4 million grant to better prepare students -- beginning at the middle school level -- for the hottest jobs of the future.

Colleges begin spring semester in growth mode
01/24/2014 - Spring semester begins Monday at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with more class offerings, instructors and students than last year as the college district continues an upward trend, thanks to a slow, but steady growth in the state economy.

Ceramics Exhibition at Hyde Art Gallery
01/15/2014 - The Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College is pleased to announce “Cross Currents – Three Visions in Clay,” running Jan. 27 through Feb. 20.

College district receives clean energy funds
01/07/2014 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received more than $600,000 in state funding that will be used to add more energy-efficient lighting at its two East County campuses.

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