Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 26 Coyote Music Festival offers variety of music

A variety of musical options at the Coyote Music Festival
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, April 26.

Now in its sixth year, the free outdoor festival has retained its eclectic vibe, with a host of young talent playing everything from coffeehouse acoustic pop to Tejano rock. The mostly young crew of volunteers is a reminder that the event is actually a class assignment for students enrolled in Music Industry Studies, a transfer degree program unique locally to Cuyamaca College that focuses on the practical aspects of developing careers in the music industry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cuyamaca College financial aid advisor honored for dedication to foster youth

Pam Fleming with her award
Pam Fleming has devoted her life to helping foster children.

             “After what they’ve been through, it’s amazing to me sometimes that they’re even alive,” said the Cuyamaca College financial aid advisor, who also serves as the Foster Youth Success Initiative liaison and has worked tirelessly with foster youth over the past decade. “They have unlimited potential and if they can get just a little help, they will succeed.”

            Fleming’s dedication was recognized April 4 when the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association honored her for her work and presented her with its annual Making a Difference Award.

            To those who know her, the selection was a no-brainer.

            “Pam Fleming is truly someone who makes a difference to the students we serve, especially our former foster youth students,” wrote Ray Reyes, director of financial aid and scholarships at Cuyamaca College, in a nomination letter.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

College & Career Day helps foster youth get acquainted with college

Staff ready to assist foster youth at College & Career Day
Scores of foster youth toured Grossmont College on April 11 as part of College & Career Day, aimed at showing the teens the opportunities that await them through higher education.

The event included workshops and seminars with Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District staff and 70 foster youth from around San Diego County. Most of the foster teens are living in group homes.

“We bring them on campus so they can get acquainted with college and show them the services that are available to help to help them,” said Pam Fleming, a Cuyamaca College financial aid advisor who also serves as the school’s Foster Youth Success Initiative liaison and has worked tirelessly with foster youth over the past decade.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Garden Festival all the fashion at Cuyamaca College May 3

          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.
Now in its 21st year, the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. celebration of spring that typically draws about 7,000 people to the Rancho San Diego college will include “Fashion in Bloom,” a fashion show and sale featuring spring and summer ready-to-wear attire, as well as tuxedos and gowns.  All clothing will be 80 percent off retail prices, with proceeds from the sale, as well  as 10 percent of sales from a farmer’s market and other vendors, will go to a fundraising campaign, “Share the Future,” for student scholarships and college programs.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What to do with the kids over spring break? Send them to college

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.

A student enjoying "Glee!," one of the College for Kids classes
Offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education division, College for Kids provides the perfect combination of fun and learning, with affordable classes and activities for youth ages 8-14. The program serves parents and kids alike by providing fun, safe and educational activities with the added benefit of an early introduction to a college environment. The classes are taught by experienced instructors who have written and designed their curriculum with age-appropriate lessons and projects.

All but two classes will be taught at Cuyamaca College. Videogame design will be held at Grossmont College and golf will be held at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Women and World War I presentation at Cuyamaca College

Cuyamaca College history professors give presentation
Women and World War I
Mata Hari, history’s most notorious female spy, and Edith Wilson, second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and the de facto leader of the nation from October 1919 until  March 1921, were among those featured during Thursday’s panel presentation at Cuyamaca College focusing on women and World War I.
Presented by the history department and the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the event held before a packed audience of students and faculty inside the Student Center also covered the topics “U.S. Woman at Home and Abroad during World War I,” “World War I Nurses, Medics and Red Cross Workers, “ and “World War I and the Suffrage Movement.”

With 2014 as the centennial year for World War I, the history faculty decided to link the anniversary with Women’s History Month.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

District wins national marketing award for "Salary Surfer" launch

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.

The East County college district shares the 2013 top national award for communications success with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office. The Paragon Award was presented Friday at a national conference in New Orleans for NCMPR, an organization for marketing, communications and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges, whose members represent more than 650 campuses across the United States, Canada and Bahamas. This year’s Paragon competition drew over 1,800 entries from nearly 300 colleges and was judged by more than 80 marketing and public relations professionals.