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December 2012

Bill Garrett selected as governing board president for sixth year
12/13/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve a sixth straight year as president, while Edwin Hiel and Debbie Justeson were elected to serve as fellow board officers for 2013.

District audits continue winning streak
12/13/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is ending 2012 on the up side – first with November’s twin victories at the polls with the passage of both Proposition 30 and Proposition V – and now, another round of unblemished financial audits that continue a decade-long streak.

College district auxiliary director retiring
12/10/2012 - Just two weeks away from retiring, Stan Schroeder, the head of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Auxiliary, was busy leading a statewide education conference in Sacramento. As his last day with the district draws nearer, Schroeder concedes his wife is a little worried.

High school students get a look at the world of work
12/10/2012 - About 80 East County high school students got an insiders’ tour this week of three manufacturing plants – and at Cuyamaca College, they got encouragement to continue their education so they can improve their chance of getting a job.

November 2012

Winter Wonder Jam music fest at Cuyamaca College
11/21/2012 - Like the incessant sounds of a metronome, the clock is ticking for music students working behind the scenes on the Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s answer to Lollapalooza -- set for Friday, Dec. 7, in the performing arts theater.

Cuyamaca econ instructor nets award
11/20/2012 - A Cuyamaca College educator passionate about improving the teaching of economics has been honored by the California Council of Economic Education for his dedication to the field.

Cuyamaca College, Helix Charter School hosting GIS Day
11/08/2012 - In celebration of GIS Day, a global event for users of Geographic Information Systems technology to highlight such real-world applications as mapping and marketing, Cuyamaca College and Helix Charter School in La Mesa are co-hosting a local demonstration event, GIS – Designing our Future, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Cuyamaca College Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

'V' for victory: Voters back facilities bond measure, Prop. V
11/07/2012 - A collective sigh of relief was followed by resounding cheers last night among Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District students, officials and employees with the passage of Proposition V, the college district’s $398 million bond measure.

Colleges host Veterans Week events
11/02/2012 - In commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities, most between now and Thursday, Nov. 8. The Veterans Week programs are presented by the Student Veteran Organization at each campus, with support from student government and the student affairs offices. With the exception of the student veterans’ luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Cuyamaca College, all events are open to the public.

October 2012

Wheelchair basketball returns to Cuyamaca College
10/25/2012 - In commemoration of National Disability Awareness Month, Cuyamaca College will host its 15th annual Wheelchair Basketball Game from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, this year preceded by a resource fair with nearly a dozen services and agencies for people with disabilities.

Legendary producer's visit a high note for music students
10/23/2012 - For Cuyamaca College’s students learning the ropes of the music industry, this week’s visit by the man who recorded some of rock’s most iconic works is one lecture not to be missed.

Chancellor Cindy Miles selected for Women in Leadership award
10/19/2012 - Chancellor Cindy L. Miles’ efforts on behalf of the college district since she became chancellor 3 ½ years ago were recognized Friday by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, which presented her with a Women in Leadership award for education. The award was presented at a chamber luncheon attended by more than 400 people at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.

Colleges join Global Corporate College network
10/17/2012 - As stellar providers of workforce training, Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges have been recruited to join a global network of leading colleges and universities helping companies and businesses better train and develop their workforce.

Cuyamaca's College's 'Green Team' on a roll
10/10/2012 - If Cuyamaca College grant writers were members of a college sports team, they would be basking in the glory of a triple-season winning streak. You’ve heard of the Dream Team? Meet Cuyamaca’s Green Team. Since June 2009, the crew has had had every one of its 39 grant proposals funded for a total of $7.3 million to train hundreds of students for solid-paying, dependable jobs, including those in up-and-coming green industries. The grants have also funded pilot programs, which have since been expanded and modeled by other colleges.

College leaders lament impact of budget cuts on veterans
10/04/2012 - On the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, a floating tribute to America’s past wars, the region’s community college leaders said dwindling budgets are affecting their ability to serve those returning from today’s conflicts and heading back to school.

September 2012

Governing board approves budget amid uncertainties
09/13/2012 - Under darkening clouds of economic uncertainty, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board battened down the hatches Tuesday, passing a $150.4 million budget that prepares the district to weather the storm, should Proposition 30 – the governor’s tax measure – fall short in the November election.

Colleges plan public remembrances of Sept. 11 attacks
09/07/2012 - Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges are holding public remembrances of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people and triggered the global war on terror.

August 2012

Governing Board opposes use of long-term bonds
08/24/2012 - The Governing Board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the use of long-term bonds, assuring East County residents that the district will seek bonds with a reasonable repayment rate should Proposition V be approved by voters in November.

New semester starts at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
08/17/2012 - Fall semester begins Aug. 20 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, with faculty and staff committed to serving more than 25,000 students in 160 degree and certificate offerings, despite four years of state budget cuts and fewer students that the state will fund to attend college.

Governing Board votes to put $398 million bond on November ballot
08/08/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board unanimously voted Tuesday to place a $398 million bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, citing the need for expanded career training facilities, veterans’ centers to assist former and active-duty military, and updating aging classrooms, infrastructure and technology systems.

College district trustees to vote on facilities bond measure
08/06/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board is holding a special meeting 4 p.m. Tuesday at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate to decide whether to place a $303 million facilities bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Two Grossmont College buildings certified green
08/01/2012 - Grossmont College’s two newest renovated buildings have received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, indicating that the buildings were designed, built and are operating using green strategies that incorporate energy and water efficiency and sustainable building materials.

July 2012

College district unveils facilities plan to community
07/26/2012 - A new facilities master plan identifying unmet needs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges was presented at a community forum Thursday as the East County college district considers placing a bond measure on the November ballot.

It's official: Grossmont College has set a world record
07/24/2012 - Officials at Guinness World Records in London have confirmed that Grossmont College was successful in its bid to set a world record for the most signatures on a birthday card in one day.

Bond-oversight committee vacancy
07/24/2012 - Civic-minded East County residents in the construction field are urged to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which monitors the district’s spending on a $207 million bond measure.

College district accounting tech garners employee-excellence award
07/19/2012 - Kasi Althaus, a Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District accounting tech with a dedication to service and a joie de vivre that lifts the spirits of all around her was lauded at this week’s Governing Board meeting with an award for worker excellence.

Human resources administrator joins college district
07/12/2012 - Victoria Simmons, a consultant and community college administrator specializing in labor relations and human resources for 17 years, is the new vice chancellor of human resources for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Cuyamaca College coach heads to London Olympics
07/05/2012 - Cuyamaca College cross-country coach Tim Seaman, a two-time Olympian race walker, will be traveling to the Games in London, but this time it will be as a coach instead of as a competitor. Seaman will be cheering on a group of other athletes he coaches, including his wife, Rachel, Canada’s leading contender in the women’s 20-kilometer race walk.

June 2012

New officers and new member for colleges' foundation
06/20/2012 - Four business leaders have been chosen as the new officers of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, and a banker has been added as a new member of the fundraising organization for the two East County colleges.

Jeff Baker selected as Grossmont College VP for Student Services
06/19/2012 - Jeff Baker, with 18 years of experience working at California community colleges, has been selected as vice president of student services at Grossmont College.

Grossmont College students to study "Silent Spring"
06/14/2012 - Students in classrooms across the Grossmont College campus will be discussing "Silent Spring," the book credited with helping to launch the environmental movement of the 1960s, during the 2012-2013 academic year.

New student trustees join district governing board
06/12/2012 - Two new student trustees will be taking their seats on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board this month. The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting Governing Board members, are Grossmont College student Samantha Elliot and Cuyamaca College student Mohammed “Mo” Alyasini.

College district board members re-elected
06/07/2012 - Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, and Mary Kay Rosinski, board vice president, have been re-elected without opposition for another four-year term.

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges hold 2012 commencements
06/01/2012 - The commencements held at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges this week, in which more than 2,300 students received degrees or certificates, were a joyous and welcome change to the budgetary gloom that has settled over the state’s community colleges.

May 2012

Two architects of learning at Cuyamaca College retiring after 33 years
05/25/2012 - For more than three decades, two instructors at Cuyamaca College have worked within hailing distance of one other, each heading an academic program they personally designed and cultivated. This month, Jim Custeau and Brad Monroe, the coordinators of two cornerstone Cuyamaca programs – automotive technology and ornamental horticulture -- are saying goodbye as retirement brings their Cuyamaca careers to a close. The programs that they’ve devoted their professional lives to have been recognized for their innovation and for producing top-flight graduates.

Grossmont, Cuyamaca commencements
05/18/2012 - More than 2,300 students will be receiving their degrees or certificates from East County’s two community colleges at month’s end, capping a year marked by the state’s ongoing budget crisis.

Region's community college leaders warn of effect of state budget cuts
05/17/2012 - The heads of the region’s six community college districts issued a tsunami warning of sorts Wednesday, saying a new wave of funding cuts will further cripple the colleges if voters reject the governor’s November tax initiative. At a news conference at San Diego City College, a coalition of community college district chiefs, trustees and students joined in calling for public support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for temporary tax increases, saying its loss in the November election would trigger $300 million in cuts to the state’s community colleges on top of the $502 million loss that the system has already taken for the current academic year.

College for Kids registration now open
05/08/2012 - As summer vacation approaches, College for Kids at Cuyamaca College provides the perfect combination of fun and learning for elementary and middle-schoolers, with a wide assortment of low-cost classes and activities.

Health science lab tech community colleges' Classified Employee of the Year
05/04/2012 - Pat Murray, a familiar face at Grossmont College whose volunteer spirit is practically legendary, has been named Classified Employee of the Year for the state community college system.

Endless possibilities to help East County colleges
05/03/2012 - As state funding for community colleges continues to decline, the foundation serving Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is turning to private and corporate donors to contribute toward programs that will benefit students at the two East County institutions.

High-schoolers revved up for Cuyamaca College auto tech competition
05/02/2012 - High-schoolers will vie for bragging rights as the county’s best auto tech students during Cuyamaca College’s annual High School Automotive Skills Day set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

April 2012

Coyote Music Festival leaps onto Cuyamaca College stage
04/27/2012 - EL CAJON – A free music festival that is the culmination of a Cuyamaca College course on the music industry will feature nine bands rocking at the grand lawn at the Rancho San Diego college from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

May 2 event to honor Welcome Back Center students
04/23/2012 - The Welcome Back Center, in partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, will honor 176 students on Wednesday, May 2 who have completed their courses to help prepare them for state licensing tests that will enable them to work in their chosen fields. The recognition ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Griffin Center on the Grossmont College campus.

Grossmont College A-V tech in campus spotlight
04/20/2012 - Grossmont College’s go-to person for installing and servicing the audio-visual equipment in some 150 classrooms says his work is “no big deal,” but when the gremlins are up to no good, that’s when Dave Steinmetz is at his best.

Cuyamaca College's Spring Garden Festival a potpourri of free activities
04/18/2012 - As honeybees are drawn to nectar, so is the public to Cuyamaca College’s Spring Garden Festival, the annual event showcasing the Rancho San Diego college’s Ornamental Horticulture program and event partners, the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum.

Grossmont College's record-setting day
04/14/2012 - Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record. The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration

Cuyamaca College receives statewide recognition for sustainable landscaping
04/11/2012 - Cuyamaca College has been selected as one of three community colleges in the state to win the inaugural Energy and Sustainability Awards competition from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

Dedication ceremony for Grossmont College's renovated facilities
04/09/2012 - On a day Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house full of activities for the public, the campus is also marking a new beginning with the dedication of the Student and Administrative Services Building and Griffin Center. A dedication ceremony, preceded by a flyover of vintage planes from Gillespie Field, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April14, on the Main Quad of the El Cajon campus.

March 2012

English-language classes prepare Iraqi immigrants for the workforce
03/29/2012 - A pilot program for recent Iraqi immigrants that teaches English in the context of office work is being offered at Cuyamaca College through a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Diego County.

Four new members on foundation board
03/19/2012 - Three professional financial planners – including a former NFL football star – and the leader of an economics program at Cuyamaca College have joined the board of the 10-month-old foundation that serves East County’s two community colleges.

Grossmont College's 50th Anniversary Open House
03/19/2012 - A 50-year anniversary doesn’t happen every day, so Grossmont College will celebrate its golden moment in history with a blowout weekend of free events for the community to enjoy April 13 and 14 at the El Cajon campus.

Business Solutions Academy at Cuyamaca College
03/19/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, in partnership with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, will continue its “Business Solutions Academy” in March with professional development workshops to assist small business owners.

'The Future for Green is Black' theme of sustainability conference
03/12/2012 - John Picard, an architect, builder and renowned expert in the field of green building design, is living proof that sustainable construction is a highly profitable venture.

'Beyond the Limit' ceramic art exhibit at Hyde Gallery
03/05/2012 - The Hyde Art Gallery presents Beyond the Limit, a ceramic art exhibition featuring the work of Kelly Berning, Yoonchung Kim & Sasha Reibstein.

February 2012

Training for green building careers at Cuyamaca College
02/27/2012 - For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a six-week introductory course, free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Sustainable Urban Landscape conference March 8 at Cuyamaca College
02/23/2012 - The theme for the fourth annual Sustainable Urban Landscape conference being held at Cuyamaca College March 8 is “The Bottom Line for Green is Black,” examining the ways that good landscaping practices can be a profitable business model in addition to helping the environment.

Gourmet meals offered at Grossmont College
02/09/2012 - Gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs and served in Grossmont College’s new student center will be offered on Thursday evenings this spring for the bargain price of $20 per person.

College district's contribution to local economy significant, report shows
02/03/2012 - A just-released analysis shows the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s yearly economic impact on San Diego’s East County region exceeds $477 million, including the nearly $100 million the local economy receives directly from college district operations.

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges to hold MLK Day of Service event
02/01/2012 - Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are heeding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s clarion call to do good for others by extending the MLK Day of Service to Saturday, Feb. 4, when student leaders and other volunteers join together from 10 a.m. to noon at the Home of Guiding Hands to wash and clean the nonprofit group’s service fleet of vans.

Remodeled Grossmont College student center gets rave reviews
02/01/2012 - EL CAJON – After 18 months of remodeling and construction, the Grossmont College student center has reopened, instantly becoming a lively hub of activity. And no wonder. With meeting rooms for student groups, ample comfortable seating for dining, lounging or study, easy access to a career center and other student services, as well as a 10-foot screen in the lobby for watching movies, four food stations, and a mini-market, a transformation has taken place to rival any extreme makeover on reality TV.

January 2012

A clean audit for college district's Prop. R funds
01/25/2012 - Auditors gave a clean bill of health for Proposition R, the $207 million bond used to finance construction and renovation projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges

Grossmont College ceramics tech helps fire up students
01/24/2012 - EL CAJON – – Grossmont College ceramics technician Al Ventura gets a thrill out of watching students discover the magic of creating art. It brings back memories of his first turn at the potter’s wheel and the community college instructor who took him under his wings back in the ‘70s.

Start of new semester at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
01/23/2012 - Perhaps it is because of spring – that time of year of fresh starts and renewed resolve – that despite the challenges of the day, an air of optimism prevails at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The estimated 19,000 students returning to Grossmont College on Monday will be welcomed by two major campus facilities reopening after a year and a half of construction and remodeling. At Cuyamaca College, an improved thoroughfare, as well as a refinished gym floor paid for by the college district’s foundation, are some of the new developments for the 10,000-student campus.

College district uses state grant to improve education regionwide
01/17/2012 - From teacher workshops for high school and college instructors to career training opportunities for local teens, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is helping to improve education throughout the region. These initiatives are part of a grant-funded, multipronged effort to improve classroom instruction and to get high school students interested in becoming tomorrow’s teachers.

Cuyamaca College offers free training for green building careers
01/17/2012 - For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Continuing Education offers community wealth of learning opportunities for spring
01/10/2012 - From growing wine grapes to solar panel installation training, there’s still time to register for a rich selection of spring courses offered to the public by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program.

Installation art at Hyde Gallery
01/05/2012 - The Hyde Art Gallery opens its spring semester with “Mmmultiplicity,” installation works by Lea Anderson on exhibit at Grossmont College Jan. 23 to Feb. 23.

College district offers business development classes
01/04/2012 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, in partnership with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, has launched a "Business Solutions Academy," featuring a series of professional development educational classes designed to assist business owners in the East County.

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