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December 2017

Trio picked for annual classified employee excellence award
12/13/2017 - Three classified staffers at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District were lauded Tuesday night by the Governing Board as this year’s picks for an employee excellence award.

Bill Garrett selected for 11th year as Governing Board president
12/12/2017 - For the 11th year in a row, Bill Garrett was selected Tuesday night as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board. Board member Edwin Hiel was elected vice president, and board member Debbie Justeson was selected to serve as clerk of the board.

November 2017

Grossmont College OTA students use ingenuity to help the disabled
11/21/2017 - For the past decade, a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant class has proven that necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

Registration open for four-week intersession classes
11/17/2017 - Registration is now open for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Students attend classes Jan. 2-27 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in just four weeks.

Grossmont College instructors a distinguished pair
11/16/2017 - A veteran biology professor and a German instructor at Grossmont have been selected by their peers as recipients of the 2017-18 Distinguished Faculty Awards for their excellence as educators and exemplary service to the college.

Construction of new Center for Water Studies set to begin at Cuyamaca College
11/02/2017 - Cuyamaca College is set to begin construction on a state-of-the-art Center for Water Studies aimed at training the next generation of industry professionals to manage and operate California’s complex water and wastewater systems.

October 2017

20th annual wheelchair basketball game comes to Cuyamaca College Oct. 25
10/19/2017 - Cuyamaca College will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Annual Wheelchair Basketball Game Oct. 25 with members of three local wheelchair basketball clubs teaming up with the men’s basketball team in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

September 2017

Civic leadership award presented to Bill and Judy Garrett
09/29/2017 - A new award honoring individuals who have made notable contributions to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the East County community was presented last night to El Cajon residents Bill and Judy Garrett.

Grossmont College career fair adds apprenticeships
09/27/2017 - Career- and job-minded students and the public can get a two-fer in the form of a career expo and apprenticeship fair at Grossmont College in October.

Banned Books launches fall reading series
09/25/2017 - The Grossmont College English Department will launch its annual Fall Reading Series with its “Banned Books/Banned Lives” event that coincides with National Banned Books Week and takes place 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in Griffin Gate.

Tiempos Complicados at Hyde Art Gallery
09/22/2017 - Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery will present “Tiempos Complicados,” or “Complicated Times,” by Marianela de la Hoz, Sept. 25 – Oct. 10. The exhibition is sponsored by Grossmont College’s Student Success & Equity Fund and the college’s Latin@ Alliance.

2017 Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College
09/19/2017 - The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.

Salsa Under the Stars at Grossmont College
09/18/2017 - If salsa music gets your hips swaying, but you’ve got two left feet on the dance floor, Grossmont College’s “Salsa Under the Stars” is just the perfect evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

Colleges celebrate Latino Heritage Month
09/08/2017 - The Grossmont College Latino Film Festival and a Cuyamaca College Latinx Heritage Celebration kick off an array of special events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges from mid-September to the end of October.

August 2017

Racism, social justice, tolerance addressed at Diversity Dialogues
08/30/2017 - Discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the unique cultural challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the region highlight Cuyamaca College’s fall menu of Diversity Dialogues, which launches Sept. 14.

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges welcome donations to new food pantries
08/22/2017 - Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have long been filling the minds of students with knowledge. Now they are looking to help fill their stomachs as well, and are seeking the public’s help.

Chaldean culture, food, traditions at Cuyamaca College
08/21/2017 - Leaders of the thriving Chaldean community in San Diego’s East County will be on hand for a special Chaldean Culture & Traditions celebration at Cuyamaca College on Monday, Aug. 28.

District builds its tradition of high marks for Prop. V construction program
08/07/2017 - For the third year in a row, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received outstanding marks for providing open information about its Proposition V construction bond program.

July 2017

Cuyamaca College career education programs honored
07/25/2017 - A trio of Cuyamaca College career education programs are being honored by the California Community Colleges system for providing students with the skills needed in new higher-paying jobs.

Ford ASSET graduates set to navigate new roads
07/24/2017 - Last week’s commencement of the first Ford ASSET graduates at Cuyamaca College since 2013 was a double cause for celebration. The 16 students were the first to graduate since the program was brought back from a two-year hiatus and a new class is set to begin in the fall with online innovations designed to draw students from beyond San Diego County.

Grossmont College wins coveted Chet DeVore trophy
07/12/2017 - The Grossmont College Griffins have added more hardware to their golden year of athletics.

Register now for fall classes at Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges
07/11/2017 - With the start of fall semester Aug. 21, open registration begins next week for almost 30,000 students working toward university transfer, gaining workforce skills or broadening their knowledge at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for regular semester classes opens July 17 for all students and ends Aug. 18.

'Treasure Island' goes hip-hop
07/10/2017 - Grossmont College’s 4th Annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory features a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island,” a classic swashbuckling tale of pirates, hidden riches, swordfights and daring escapes modernized with hip-hop music and dance.

June 2017

New student trustees seated on college district Governing Board
06/21/2017 - Two San Diego County natives, both honors graduates of local high schools with plans to transfer to San Diego universities from community college, were officially seated Tuesday as new student trustees on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

Informational workshops for Grossmont College's OPT, allied health programs
06/20/2017 - Planning and orientation workshops for hallmark programs at Grossmont College in Office Professional Training and the health professions will be offered to the public starting this month.

Grossmont College partners with OpenStax to promote free textbooks
06/16/2017 - Grossmont College today announced it is one of 11 schools chosen to participate in the 2017 - 2018 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program to encourage use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus. Grossmont College was chosen to participate in this strategic partnership with OpenStax after a rigorous application process that included demonstrating willingness to drive adoption of open educational resources (OER).

Graduates receive more than 4,830 degrees, certificates
06/13/2017 - The impact on lives that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have is never more apparent than on commencement day, when speakers talk about their first steps taken in their academic journeys and the encouragement they’ve received along the way.

Bachelor's degree in elementary education offered at Cuyamaca College
06/06/2017 - Students looking to become an elementary school teacher can earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Cuyamaca College through a new partnership launching this fall with one of the Midwest’s top regional public universities.

May 2017

Grossmont, Cuyamaca graduates to receive record number of degrees, certificates
05/26/2017 - Graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have done it again. The two East County colleges will award 4,833 degrees and certificates this year, a 13 percent increase from last year and another record high for the college district.

Grossmont College classes unlock minds at Las Colinas jail
05/24/2017 - The inmate journals tell the story best about renewed hope and aspirations that a new program offering Grossmont College classes at Las Colinas jail have brought to the women, the first ever to enroll in college at the facility.

Annual Careers in Manufacturing tour set for May 25
05/16/2017 - The East County Economic Development Council’s annual manufacturing tour for adult and veteran job-seekers, co-hosted by Cuyamaca College, is set for 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

Joint meeting of college, high school governing boards
05/12/2017 - At their third annual joint meeting, the governing boards of the East County college and high school districts will be reviewing the steps being taken to strengthen a partnership that is better preparing students for college and offering a way for them to pay for the first year of their higher education.

Apprenticeship fair at Grossmont College open to public
05/09/2017 - Apprenticeships in San Diego County offer median earnings in excess of $60,000 a year, experts say, but many slots go unfilled because workers don’t know about them.

Register for summer session
05/08/2017 - Register for summer session

'Hospital Day' at Grossmont College
05/05/2017 - For the first time, more than 100 students from four disciplines in Grossmont College’s allied health programs took part Friday in “Hospital Day,” a large-scale simulation exercise in the college’s high-tech Health and Sciences Complex, along with more than 20 instructors, college alumni and community volunteers.

Students learn all things theatre at Grossmont College’s Summer Arts Conservatory
05/05/2017 - A summer adventure is in store for high school and college students wanting to explore the world of theatre. High school and college actors, costume technicians and stagehands are invited to team up with the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department for its 2017 Summer Arts Conservatory, which is producing a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island.”

Register for summer classes at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
05/04/2017 - Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. So is picking up college credits from more than 500 classes being offered this June 12-Aug. 3 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Open registration for summer session starts Monday, May 8, and continues until June 11.

Economic Education Center at Cuyamaca College marks 10th year
05/02/2017 - The San Diego Center for Economic Education at Cuyamaca College is marking its 10 year disseminating financial literacy programs to teachers and students.

Chiller plant to cut energy costs by nearly 70 percent
05/01/2017 - A just-completed air-conditioning plant built to serve new structures in Grossmont College’s near future is being hailed not only for its good looks, but its nearly 70 percent reduction in energy costs.

April 2017

Cuyamaca College holding Automotive Skills Day on May 6
04/24/2017 - Cuyamaca College is gearing up for its annual Automotive Skills Day on May 6, a popular event showcasing the college’s renowned Automotive Technology program with competitions involving scores of high school and college students from throughout the county.

Brad Daluiso Golf Classic to include helicopter ball drop
04/21/2017 - Golf balls will rain down from the skies May 5, and prizes including a trip to Cabo will fall into the laps of lucky winners of the Brad Daluiso Golf Classic’s helicopter golf ball drop.

Grossmont College awarded apprenticeship grant
04/17/2017 - Grossmont College has been awarded a $410,000 state grant for an innovative outreach program preparing hundreds of high school students and adult learners from diverse East County communities for much-needed apprenticeships.

Cuyamaca College selected for Guided Student Pathways program
04/14/2017 - Cuyamaca College has been selected to participate in a statewide project aimed at developing structured pathways that lead students to certificates, degrees, transfer to a four-year university, and ultimately their career goals.

Coyote Music Festival always a howling good time
04/14/2017 - Cuyamaca College’s answer to Coachella returns Saturday, May 6, with the 9th Annual Coyote Music Festival, organized, produced and promoted by students in the innovative Music Industry Studies program. The free, family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. will feature two outdoor stages on the Grand Lawn with six local bands playing homegrown music ranging from alternative rock to folk.

Classical guitar innovator Paul Galbraith to perform
04/13/2017 - The Grossmont College World Arts and Culture Committee is sponsoring a free concert 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the college's recital hall (Bldg. 26, Room 220), featuring an innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith, on a customized Brahms eight-string guitar.

Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival set for April 29
04/11/2017 - Two popular outdoor events will merge this year as one great way to spend a Saturday with the family: the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival, set for April 29 at Cuyamaca College.

Grossmont Gives Back: Month of Service
04/06/2017 - Friday, April 7, marks the start of Grossmont Gives Back: Month of Service, an annual event promoting volunteerism among the college community and the public that is expected to see hundreds participate in a series of projects on and off campus.

Colleges hosting fairs for public service, sustainability careers
04/04/2017 - Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting free career fairs this month for students and the community to network with employers and to learn what jobs are on the horizon.

March 2017

College district's annual report nets major awards
03/30/2017 - March was a winning month for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, with its Marketing and Communications Office receiving two awards for its 2015-16 Annual Report to the Community: In Their Own Words.

AlumniFest draws big crowd of community college alum
03/28/2017 - The weather gods smiled down upon San Diego over the weekend, drawing sighs of relief from AlumniFest organizers who say the 3,000 community college alum and others who attended a tailgate rally before a Gulls hockey game at Valley View Casino Center Saturday represent the largest crowd ever for an event of its kind.

Cuyamaca College students excel in national landscape competition
03/23/2017 - Students from Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture program finished among the top of the class during the school’s inaugural foray at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition – a March 15-18 event involving some of the leading universities in the country.

Attorney retiring after 37 years of service to district
03/22/2017 - Tim Garfield has seen it all in his 37 years as attorney for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Dealing with issues ranging from student discipline to an endangered species that caused a massive construction delay, Garfield has quietly handled the East County college district’s legal issues based on a deep knowledge of education law and human nature.

Community College AlumniFest coming soon
03/16/2017 - With just over a week until the biggest community college alumni event around, don’t miss out on a $10 ticket for a Gulls hockey game and a chance to win lots of freebies and prizes, including a Caribbean trip for two.

College district employees receive national education award
03/11/2017 - Four instructors from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and an administrator from the East County community college district are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership.

Faculty lauded for service to students, campuses
03/10/2017 - Two instructors at Cuyamaca College and a counselor at Grossmont College have been honored for their contributions to their campuses and commitment to student success. Theresa “T” Ford, a counselor and adjunct instructor at Grossmont College, received the President’s Leadership Award. At Cuyamaca College, math instructor Katherine Naimark and Child Development instructor and program coordinator Kristin Zink received the 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence.

'Things We Carry' sculptures at Hyde Gallery
03/09/2017 - The bronze sculptures of artist Joseph Castle will be on display at an exhibit, “Things We Carry,” opening Monday, March 13, and continuing through Tuesday, April 25, at the Hyde Art Gallery in Building 25 at Grossmont College.

College events marking Women's History Month
03/08/2017 - Established nationally by Congress in 1987, Women’s History Month will be celebrated at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges with a variety of events, including presentations on feminist issues, a movie about the suffrage movement, a workshop on human trafficking, a donation drive for high school prom dresses, and more.

February 2017

Community College AlumniFest: A ticket to celebrate
02/28/2017 - For the second year in a row, community college alum in San Diego and Imperial counties have a big reason to celebrate and to have more fun than you can shake a hockey stick at. On Saturday, March 25, community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties are throwing Community College AlumniFest, hosted by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls hockey club.

Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series to begin
02/23/2017 - A celebration of black history that includes music, dance, spoken word and theater performances takes center stage when the annual Spring Concert Series gets underway Friday, Feb. 24, at Cuyamaca College.

College district awarded $1.5 million state Promise grant
02/22/2017 - East County educators are celebrating a $1.5 million state grant to further the work of the East County Education Alliance, a three-year partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College and Grossmont Union High School districts to help students make the transition to higher education.

Scholarships awarded to 132 Grossmont, Cuyamaca College students
02/14/2017 - More than $70,000 in scholarships were awarded Saturday to 132 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students who achieved academic excellence while overcoming incredible challenges and obstacles.

January 2017

Diversity Dialogues Returns to Cuyamaca College
01/31/2017 - A Feb. 8 workshop tackling the mass incarceration of African-American males kicks off the spring edition of Diversity Dialogues, a series of Cuyamaca College conversations aimed at fostering a greater understanding of different cultures. “Diversity Dialogues is known for opening frank and meaningful discussions about social justice and equity, and we look forward to another set of seven workshops on topics that go to the heart of making Cuyamaca College a welcoming community,” said Lauren Vaknin, Associate Dean of Student Affairs. All workshops are free and open to the public.

Third Annual Cuyamaca College Powwow
01/31/2017 - The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College is hosting its 3rd Annual Powwow 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.4, in front of the Communication Arts complex, Building B.

Black History Month at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
01/27/2017 - Music, art, a poetry slam, and a discussion on black activism at Grossmont College and a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, a panel of young African-American professionals, and a presentation on institutional slavery at Cuyamaca College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Still time to register for spring classes
01/26/2017 - Spring semester starts Monday, Jan. 30, at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, but late registration is still an option at East County’s community colleges, where nearly 30,000 students are working toward a degree, university transfer, workforce training or just increasing their knowledge.

New executive director of development at Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges
01/24/2017 - Erich Foeckler, a fundraising professional for 20 years, is the new executive director of development for the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the philanthropic partner for East County’s two community colleges. The East County resident is in charge of developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for the foundation and will take the lead in forging relationships with donors who want to make a difference in students’ lives.

District's 13-year record of spotless audits remains intact
01/23/2017 - With the closing of the books on Proposition R, the voter-backed 2002 construction bond funds that transformed the campuses of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, a final accountability report was presented to the Governing Board that keeps the bond’s streak of spotless audits intact.

Grant funds viticulture program at Cuyamaca College
01/18/2017 - Cuyamaca College has secured a grant of nearly $260,000 to bolster its new viticulture apprenticeship program and cover the cost of a planned two-acre vineyard on the Rancho San Diego campus.

'Inside the Actor's Process' visits local high schools
01/11/2017 - Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts Department will take its 11th annual Inside the Actor’s Process production to 15 high schools throughout San Diego County starting Jan. 30 as part of an ongoing effort at exposing teen audiences to the finer points of stage performance.


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