Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Amaziing stories arise out of the graduating classes of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges every year. Here's one about an Iraqi refugee whose images of her war-torn motherland are forever seared in her mind. They're what inspires her to want to help people.
Sandy Adwer is graduating from Grossmont College with an Associate of Science degree in human biology. In the fall, she will be attending the University of California, San Diego, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree, also in human biology, with plans to eventually attend medical school to become a physician.
Nearly a decade has passed since the then-12-year-old and her family were forced to flee the turmoil and violence of Iraq, where they were in peril as sectarian crossfire ravaged their homeland. Sandy lived for the next five years in Syria. Her father ventured on his own to Sweden to try to find refuge for his family, only to be denied residency. He returned to Syria, which soon was thrust into the tragedy of its own civil war.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
With many students receiving multiple credentials, about 640 Cuyamaca students will receive more than 1,000 degrees and certificates at the college’s June 1 commencement, followed the next day by almost 1,500 Grossmont College graduates who will receive more than 3,200 degrees and certificates.
Both commencements begin at 5:30 p.m. Cuyamaca College, at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, will hold its 38th annual ceremony led by President Julianna Barnes in front of the B building, the Communication Arts Center. President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh will lead the 55th annual ceremony in the Main Quad of Grossmont College, at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Both Abu-Ghazaleh, who started working at Grossmont College in July 2015, and Barnes, who started at Cuyamaca College in October 2015, will be leading their first commencement ceremonies.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Cuyamaca College was awarded a $1.5 million state grant this week that expands on the college’s innovative programs to dramatically increase student success by reducing the remedial pipeline and better preparing students for college level coursework.
“Cuyamaca College is deeply committed to student success for all students. This grant will allow us to build upon efforts that shorten the bridge between developmental education and college completion,” Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said.
More than three-quarters of California community college students who take assessment tests before enrolling are assigned to one or more remedial courses in mathematics or English. Relatively few of those students successfully complete college-level courses in those subjects and go on to earn a degree or certificate. However, studies have found that the students could have succeeded if they had been enrolled in college-level math and English courses.
The Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program grant enables Cuyamaca and other colleges across the state to pilot innovative programs that better serve these students. The three-year grant to Cuyamaca College is among $60 million being distributed statewide by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. It will enable Cuyamaca College to remain at the forefront in rewriting the rules for remedial education.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Amazing stories come out of the graduating classes of Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges every year. Here's one about Cuyamaca's oldest grad who, at 80, isn't ready to call it quits.
Octogenarian Barbara Sue Adkins has the energy and grit that would put a person a generation younger to shame.
That the 80-year-old is the oldest graduate of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Class of 2016 draws a chuckle and a contemplative pause from the El Cajon resident, who has earned a certificate of achievement in Child Development from Cuyamaca College.]
Only a couple classes shy of a full associate degree, Adkins has every intention to return to the college to finish what she started in 2010. Then it’s onward to a bachelor’s, she said.