December 2015

Trio picked for annual classified employee excellence award
12/15/2015 - A tutoring specialist, an audio-visual equipment tech and a campus parking staffer are this year’s picks as the top non-instructional employees in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Bill Garrett returning as Governing Board president
12/09/2015 - Bill Garrett was unanimously selected Tuesday night to lead the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board for the ninth straight year.

District's parking cops give more than tickets
12/08/2015 - The Campus and Parking Services folks at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District may not be known for spreading holiday cheer, given that, among other things, they’re the parking enforcers at the two East County campuses.

November 2015

Time to jam at Cuyamaca College's annual winter music fest
11/25/2015 - Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s early holiday gift to the community featuring homegrown bands and musicians playing an eclectic mix of music practically for free – is set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the performing arts theater.

Cisco Networking Academy offering 16-week certification
11/24/2015 - The Cisco Networking Academy at Cuyamaca College is revising its curriculum to allow students to earn certification as a network technician in 16 weeks.

Register now for spring semester classes
11/23/2015 - From accounting to xeriscaping, East County’s community colleges offer a full spectrum of classes, and with the new semester starting Jan. 25, now is the time to register at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Poinsettias for sale at Cuyamaca College
11/20/2015 - Santa has taken up residence in the mall, Christmas decorations are going up in local neighborhoods, and holiday marketing is in full swing. Which means just one thing: It’s time for the annual poinsettia sale at Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture program.

College district receives $1.2 million grant to help foster youth achieve college success
11/18/2015 - Students coming from foster-care backgrounds struggling to get through college will get much needed help, thanks to a $1.2 million grant the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will receive from the state starting next year.

Registration begins soon for 2016 intersession classes
11/10/2015 - Registration begins Nov. 16, 2015, for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Students attend classes Jan. 4-22 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in only 15 days.

El Cajon Elks Lodge honors Cuyamaca College veterans
11/06/2015 - About 30 military veterans, now students at Cuyamaca College, enjoyed a barbecue and received school supplies at a Veterans Week commemoration hosted on campus Wednesday by the El Cajon Elks Lodge.

October 2015

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges hosting events honoring veterans
10/30/2015 - From participating in a parade along Harbor Drive in San Diego to a “Bowling for SVO” fundraiser, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities in commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11.

Doug Jenson appointed college district's new associate vice chancellor of business services
10/29/2015 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s newly appointed associate vice chancellor of business services may spend his days scrutinizing budget minutiae, but Doug Jenson finds satisfaction in taking the broader view of helping to mold students’ futures.

Inventive Grossmont College OTA students to put on show
10/26/2015 - Students in a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant class have become inventors, creating homemade adaptive devices to help make life a little easier for friends and family members with physical impairments.

Grossmont College Theatre Arts takes 'Martians' on elementary school tour
10/12/2015 - Thousands of East County elementary school students will be treated to an out-of-this-world adventure when the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department launches the 19th season of the Fall Elementary School Tour with “Martians!,” an original look at Orson Welles’ 1938 Halloween night radio broadcast that spread public panic about an extraterrestrial invasion.

'Invisible' one-man show to be staged at Grossmont
10/08/2015 - Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department veteran Jerry Hager is staging a special performance of his one-man show, “Invisible,” on Oct. 16 & 17 to raise money for the college’s Summer Conservatory for high school and college students interested in exploring the theatre.

African American activist to speak at Cuyamaca College
10/05/2015 - Omali Yeshitela, founder of the African People’s Socialist Party and the African Socialist International, is the featured speaker at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues workshop, “Day in Solidarity with African People: Reparations for Stolen Black Lives,” set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Performing Arts Center.

Free training workshop focuses on millennials in the workforce
10/02/2015 - The Employee Training Institute, the corporate training division of the region’s community colleges, including Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in the East County, is offering “Retaining and Managing the Millennial Generation,” a free workshop for HR professionals and business managers, from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Corporate Education Center on the San Diego City College campus.

September 2015

Scholarship to offer free year of community college for East County high school grads
09/30/2015 - Can college really be free? It can for East County high school students under a new scholarship program announced today in which all qualifying graduates of Grossmont Union High School District schools will be offered a free year of classes at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College.

Work progresses on Prop. V projects at two East County colleges
09/28/2015 - Energy conservation measures, parking lot and roadway repairs, and prep work for new facilities are among the projects completed or underway at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges that are being funded by the Proposition V construction bond.

Grossmont College awarded $2.62 million grant
09/25/2015 - Grossmont College has been awarded a five-year $2.62 million federal grant that will fund a proposed program aimed at helping Hispanic and low-income students succeed in their classes and progress toward graduation.

Cuyamaca College fall concert series begins Sept. 22
09/18/2015 - Musical styles from the Middle East to Indonesia and from classical to jazz will be featured when the annual Fall Concert Series returns to Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Trio picked as year's best faculty at two colleges
09/17/2015 - – A chemistry professor, a counselor and an English instructor have been selected by their peers as the academic year’s best faculty members, honored with top awards recognizing exemplary service to the campuses. The coveted committee-selected plaudits from each college’s Academic Senate are announced at fall semester convocations.

Graduates of Cuyamaca College's GM-ASEP automotive program shift careers into overdrive
09/16/2015 - The Cuyamaca College students who graduated this week from an intensive, General Motors-sponsored training program have more than their associate degrees to show for their two solid years of classes and hands-on training – 100 percent employment as automotive technicians.

Eight-week classes to begin at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
09/15/2015 - Interested in earning college credit in just two months from Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges? Eight-week courses beginning the week of Oct. 12 are a great way to pick up general education or subject-specialty classes in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length classes. The classes ending Dec. 7 offer from one to five credits at a cost of $46 per unit. They consist of traditional, online and hybrid classes, which require both in-classroom and online attendance.

Scholarships awarded to students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges
09/14/2015 - More than $85,000 in scholarships were awarded to 128 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca College in events Saturday that celebrated student achievements despite sometimes overwhelming obstacles.

Governing Board approves record budget; more funding to serve students
09/11/2015 - The $244 million budget approved Tuesday for 2015-16 by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board is the largest in the district’s history, with additional state funding that allows the two East County colleges to fill vacant positions, offer almost 2,300 classes, and provide more support for students on their path to graduation.

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
09/10/2015 - The Grossmont College Latino Film Festival and a Cuyamaca College Latino Heritage Celebration highlight an array of special events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges beginning Sept. 15.

Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges mark Constitution Day with public events
09/09/2015 - In celebration of Constitution Day, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have set up events to herald a document that is the cornerstone of America’s legal system.

General Motors donates cars to Cuyamaca College's auto tech program
09/02/2015 - U.S. automaker General Motors has donated three vehicles to Cuyamaca College for its automotive technology program.

August 2015

Julianna Barnes selected as Cuyamaca College president
08/31/2015 - Julianna M. Barnes, vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, has been selected to serve as president of Cuyamaca College.

Diversity Dialogues talk of Cuyamaca College
08/28/2015 - Communication across cultures. Diversity and social justice. The worldwide struggle for African liberation. Fostering engagement among college men of color. Understanding LGBTQIA issues. These topics are on tap for fall 2015 at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues, a series of workshops focusing on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.


Grossmont College's 'Dr. J' shoots for threes as new dean of career, technical education
08/26/2015 - A former administrator at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., is Grossmont College’s new dean of career and technical education and workforce development.

'Streetcar Named Desire' opens theatrical season
08/21/2015 - The 2015-16 Grossmont College Theatre Arts season featuring student cast members and crew opens Thursday, Oct. 1 with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.

'A Way With Words' hosts to laud Grossmont, Cuyamaca alum at community college fete
08/13/2015 - Two alums of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be among the featured guests when community colleges of San Diego County and the popular public radio show, “A Way with Words,” host a special Sept. 17 event celebrating language, literacy and education.

Cuyamaca College's Ford ASSET training back in gear
08/10/2015 - Ford ASSET, the only automotive technology training program of its kind in the county, is revved up to start anew at Cuyamaca College for the fall semester, and there is still time to enroll.

July 2015

Fall semester to begin with more classes, students
07/30/2015 - The new semester begins Aug. 17 for more than 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with the continuing trend of additional class offerings and higher enrollment at the two East County colleges.

Cuyamaca College joins consortium to help men of color succeed in community college
07/21/2015 - Cuyamaca College has joined a national consortium dedicated to improve student success among men of color in community colleges. The Rancho San Diego college joins its sister campus, Grossmont College, and about 50 other community colleges and universities across the country in signing on with the National Consortium on College Men of Color, a project of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative, also known as M2C3.

El Cajon Elks Lodge helps Up! former foster youth at Cuyamaca College
07/13/2015 - About 20 students in a Cuyamaca College program that supports former foster youth or those raised by guardians received school supplies and vouchers for books and transportation from the El Cajon Elks Lodge Wednesday, marking the second year of the group’s donations.

New director of development at Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges
07/08/2015 - Breanna Baer, a former national director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is the new director of development for the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the philanthropic partner for East County’s two community colleges.

June 2015

Youth basketball at Cuyamaca
06/29/2015 - A youth basketball camp at Cuyamaca College continues with three more weeklong sessions led by head basketball coach Rob Wotjkowski, emphasizing the fundamentals as well as teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, and goal-setting.

Cuyamaca College graduate proves doctors wrong
06/25/2015 - A doctor told Brandon Kover’s parents soon after his birth that as the extremely rare individual born without a cerebellum – the region of the brain critical to motor movement and balance – he would be a human vegetable, unable to move or communicate. This month, in a cap and gown draped with the gold cord of an honors graduate, the 23-year-old Rancho San Diego resident was part of the Class of 2015 at Cuyamaca College’s 37th annual commencement ceremony. He took part in the processional seated in a wheelchair, clapping as he received his associate degree in web development, and certificates in web design and web programming.

New student trustees join district governing board
06/18/2015 - A Marine Corps veteran and a recent high school graduate were officially seated Tuesday as the two new student trustees on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board. The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting board members, are Grossmont College student Rafael Navarrete, 29, and Cuyamaca College student Evan Esparza, 18.

Three new members join Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
06/17/2015 - Two construction professionals and a landscape and property maintenance manager have been appointed to the committee that oversees construction spending from two bond measures at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. David Wilken, an expert in construction management; Scott Grogg, a survey technician for an East County water district; and Glenn Wilhite, a member of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges board, were appointed to serve two-year terms by the district’s Governing Board at its June 16 meeting.

Stories of human grit and determination at commencement ceremonies
06/10/2015 - A man incarcerated in his youth now heading to UC Berkeley. A doctor of education who once thought a high school diploma was the pinnacle of her schooling. An Iraqi immigrant who now sits on the council of East County’s largest city. A retired businessman who is donating his wealth to better his community. These were among the faces seen at commencement ceremonies at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges June 3 and 4. What linked these compelling stories of human grit and determination was the impact that the East County colleges had on their lives.

Cuyamaca College again named among nation's vet-friendly colleges
06/09/2015 - For the second year in a row, 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 be included.

Philanthropist Bill Verbeck receives honorary degree from Cuyamaca College
06/05/2015 - Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Verbeck, whose business acumen and decades of giving to East County institutions have ensured his spot in local history, now has an honorary degree from Cuyamaca College to add to his long list of tributes and recognitions.

Cuyamaca College lauds graduating veterans
06/02/2015 - Many of the military veterans who will be graduating from Cuyamaca College on Thursday have faced challenges during their transition from service member to student, but perhaps none as difficult as Ruth Creen-Boulware.

May 2015

Record number of degrees, certificates to be awarded
05/29/2015 - A continuing focus on student success is paying off for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, where more than 2,100 graduates will receive a record number of degrees and certificates next week.

Employers find job fair at Cuyamaca College really works
05/28/2015 - The recent East County Career Expo at Cuyamaca College has resulted in at least 113 anticipated hires and lined up more than 80 interviews for jobseekers, according to a survey of employers who attended the May 20 event.

East County college, high school district boards meet to hear about Alliance
05/20/2015 - Defining the new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, is simple, but the work facing the team is intensive, the governing boards of the two districts saw at a first-ever joint meeting Tuesday.

Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh named new Grossmont College president
05/20/2015 - Dr. Nabil S. Abu-Ghazaleh, president of West Los Angeles College, has been named president of Grossmont College effective July 1.

Grossmont College joins national effort to improve success of men of color
05/14/2015 - Grossmont College announced today its membership in the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. Participation in the M2C3 Consortium will enhance the college’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

Cuyamaca College career and job fair open to public
05/13/2015 - A pitching bullpen is a new feature of this year’s East County Career Expo at Cuyamaca College, but it will be jobseekers, not the boys of summer, doing the warmup.

District, colleges find creative approaches to addressing drought
05/06/2015 - As California continues to grapple with an unrelenting drought, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and its two East County colleges are taking creative approaches to water and energy conservation.

College, high school districts' boards to hold joint meeting
05/05/2015 - The new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, will be the topic of discussion at the first joint meeting of the two districts’ Governing Boards to be held May 19.

April 2015

District communications office garners statewide, national awards
04/30/2015 - The college district’s communications office last week won a first-place and two second-place awards

College district seeks appointees to citizens' bond oversight committee
04/27/2015 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is looking for volunteers to fill three vacancies on its citizens’ bond oversight committee formed to assure accountability for funds connected with two construction bond measures, Proposition R and V.

College district selected for national network to boost student success
04/22/2015 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has been selected for an ambitious, nationwide educational reform network called Achieving the Dream that has a long record of boosting graduation and transfer rates at community colleges across the country.

Cuyamaca College's big day: hot wheels, competition, live bands
04/20/2015 - Car enthusiasts will be treated to a vintage auto show at the same time they watch teens turn wrenches during Cuyamaca College’s annual High School Automotive Skills Day competition 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Dive Into summer session classes
04/17/2015 - Eager to put those lazy days during summer break to productive use? With smaller classes offering more one-on-one time with instructors, summer is the perfect time to dive into more than 350 classes being offered at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Grossmont College hosts bestselling author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
04/16/2015 - 'Blue Mind' writer's lecture is part of the One Them, One Campus project.

Coyote Music Festival always a howling good time
04/15/2015 - Six homegrown bands playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, pop and rock will perform on two stages on the grand lawn of Cuyamaca College at the Coyote Music Festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2

History of low-rider cars coming to Grossmont College on April 14
04/13/2015 - The event includes a screening of the documentary, "Everything Comes from the Streets," and a low-rider car show.

Golf tournament features ball drop
04/09/2015 - A big rain – of golf balls, not raindrops -- is anticipated for the May 1 Brad Daluiso Golf Classic at the Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort, an annual fundraiser hosted by the former NFL kicker for the Grossmont College athletic program.

College blossoms with Spring Garden Festival
04/02/2015 - Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.

March 2015

Stage production 'Beyond the Impossible'
03/20/2015 - The production of “Beyond the Impossible,” coming to Cuyamaca College April 8, will transform the Performing Arts Theater stage into a fairy tale setting replete with a royal kingdom, an evil witch and a brave hero who saves the day – along with the life of a beautiful princess.

Hyde Art Gallery Presents `Women at War’ from March 30 – April 23
03/19/2015 - The exhibit examines artists’ responses to inner conflicts.

Four from college district recognized with national award
03/11/2015 - A trio of instructors from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and a senior administrator are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership.

Debbie Yaddow Recognized with President’s Leadership Award
03/04/2015 - The Sr. Dean of Allied Health and Nursing was recognized for her leadership on campus.

Eight-week classes offered by colleges
03/04/2015 - In a hurry to earn college credits at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges? Eight-week courses beginning the week of March 30 are a great way to pick up general education or subject-specialty classes in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length classes.

Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar at Cuyamaca College
03/02/2015 - The drought that has gripped the Golden State for going on four years is much on the minds of water experts, landscape architects, golf course designers and others speaking at the 7th Annual Sustainable Turf & Landscape Seminar March 5 at Cuyamaca College.

February 2015

Cuyamaca College President Mark Zacovic announces retirement
02/27/2015 - After a career spanning three decades in the California community college system, Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic has announced his retirement, effective June 30.

Cuyamaca College professor wins statewide civic education award
02/26/2015 - Cuyamaca College economics professor Anthony “Tony” Zambelli has won the Roy L. Erickson Civic Education Award from the California Council for the Social Studies, an annual honor given to educators, community leaders or legislators for promoting civic education in California schools.

Future of science education tackled at Grossmont College educators’ workshop
02/25/2015 - Local science teachers and educators will attend the San Diego Science Educators Association 24th Conference on Feb. 28 at Grossmont College.

Grossmont College aces new tennis courts
02/20/2015 - New tennis courts are opening at Grossmont College, featuring a design that is expected to prevent cracks, last longer, and have reduced maintenance costs.

Jerome's Furniture donation spruces up new veterans services office
02/18/2015 - Thanks to the delivery of office furniture donated by Jerome’s Furniture, Cuyamaca College’s recently opened veterans service office has taken on a fresh new look.

Help with Financial Aid and Dream Act Applications is Aim of Financial Aid Awareness Month at Grossmont College
02/09/2015 - Students and community members are invited to attend financial aid workshops throughout the month.

Diversity Dialogues talk of Cuyamaca College
02/06/2015 - The Filipino culture and traditions. Serving undocumented students. Diversity awareness as a leadership trait. Understanding LGBT issues. Recognizing social justice. These topics are on tap for spring 2015 at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues, a series of workshops focusing on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.

Grossmont College hosts Open House Feb. 21
02/02/2015 - Free application and financial aid workshops, and information about programs and departments will be available.

January 2015

‘Fragmented Phenomena' exhibit at Hyde Gallery
01/30/2015 - The exhibit features works by three artists that explore thought, perception and consciousness.

Cuyamaca College hosting first powwow
01/29/2015 - Gourd dancing and Native American arts and crafts, along with fry bread and Indian tacos, will be the order of the day at Cuyamaca College’s first-ever powwow, set for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 inside the campus gym.

High school thespians countywide to take Grossmont College stage
01/28/2015 - The Grossmont College Theatre Department will offer workshops on acting and auditioning to more than 100 local high school students.

Mood upbeat as new semester begins
01/23/2015 - Spring semester begins Monday for more than 27,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges amid a sense of progress as the campuses benefit from a recovering economy and a state and national focus on the value of community colleges.

Cuyamaca College adjunct named Judge of the Year
01/16/2015 - Eddie Sturgeon, a longtime instructor of criminal law and civil litigation in Cuyamaca College’s paralegal studies program, has been named Judge of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, an organization of local trial lawyers working to preserve and protect the legal rights of consumers.

Grossmont College hosts robotics workshop
01/15/2015 - As part of its outreach in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Grossmont College will host the Greater San Diego Botball Workshop and its more than 150 middle and high school attendees.

Community colleges play key role in graduates' success
01/05/2015 - A survey of community college graduates in San Diego and Imperial County found that 9 out of 10 have either transferred to a four-year university or are in the workforce, and their community college played a key role in them getting there.


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