Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Train for free to enter environmental health, safety field

Earn HAZWOPER credentials and more.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership has linked with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to provide free training this fall for entry-level positions in the environmental health and safety field.
 Designated by the County and City of San Diego to receive state and federal funds to administer job training and employment programs throughout the region, the San Diego Workforce Partnership contracts directly with higher education institutions to fund training programs that are in demand by local employers and result in industry-recognized credentials.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Grossmont College welcomes Lorenze Legaspi as newest VP

As Grossmont College’s senior leader in Administrative Services, Lorenze Legaspi’s job is to oversee the business end of operations at East County’s oldest community college. But the Bay Area native points out that beyond fiscal management and budgeting, the bottom line is serving students and ensuring that decisions are made with their success uppermost in mind.

“I am an educator first – an educator who happens to be good with numbers and who understands the important role of budget and finance in student success,” said Legaspi, whose name is pronounced LOR-enz Le-GAS-pi.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colleges welcoming students for fall semester

The new semester begins Aug. 22 for more than an anticipated 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with a wealth of new class and program offerings at the two East County colleges.

The two colleges are offering more than 2,400 class sections and for the first time in the college district’s 55-year history, both colleges will be offering baccalaureate-level classes on campus and online through a partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cuyamaca College offers unique new associate degree in Kumeyaay Studies

Cuyamaca College will break new ground this fall when it launches an associate degree in Kumeyaay Studies, becoming among the first community colleges in California to offer a degree program focusing on the language, culture and history of a specific Native American tribe. 

     The Kumeyaay, whom scholars say have lived in the area for some 12,000 years, are native to a region stretching roughly from the Pacific Ocean east to the Colorado River, and from Oceanside south to Ensenada. Today, the Kumeyaay make their home on 13-federally recognized reservations, including Barona, Viejas, Campo, Ewiiaapaayp, Jamul, Inaja-Cosmit, La Posta, Manzanita, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, San Pasqual and Sycuan. 

     The associate degree in Kumeyaay Studies is a multidisciplinary program that draws from the sciences, humanities, world languages and history departments. Required courses include Kumeyaay History, Kumeyaay Arts and Culture, Ethnoecology, Ethnobotany, and the Kumeyaay language. Students who complete the program will be able to communicate in the Kumeyaay language at a basic level in a variety of settings; have an understanding of Kumeyaay heritage, history, society and traditions; and gain sensitivity, globalism and cultural competence of a unique group of people.  


Thursday, July 21, 2016

College District student trustee ready for new lessons

By his own account, Grossmont College Student Trustee Sebastian Caparelli’s foray into district government was more accidental than planned.
An English major, Caparelli wrote an article in The Summit, Grossmont’s student newspaper, which led to improvements in online instruction. That prompted a group of students he worked with on the story to create a campaign poster for his candidacy as student trustee.

Grossmont College wins top PCAC award for athletics

Beach volleyball team won big in 2016.
For the second time in three years, Grossmont College has won the Chet DeVore Award for having the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Grossmont College’s strong performances in women’s beach and indoor volleyball are credited for the El Cajon campus edging out San Diego Mesa College to claim the prestigious trophy named after the late Chester S. “Chet” DeVore, the founding commissioner of the 10-college conference.
Grossmont last won PCAC’s top athletic honor in the 2013-14 academic year.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

District board approves $348 million measure to support affordable college, campus repair and veteran support

A $348 million bond measure was approved Tuesday by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, responding to community demands for a workforce center that will train East County’s future employees for critically-needed jobs.

Funds from the proposed bond, which will appear on the November 8 ballot for more than 230,000 registered East County voters, will also be used to address needs for veterans’ centers to assist former and active-duty military and to improve facilities and update classrooms at the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses, serving more than 28,000 students.

“Our board members saw a crucial need for an East County center that will provide students and existing workers skills they need for the rapidly-changing economy,” said Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board. “This bond measure will provide for an innovative economic development hub in East County to provide customized training for local businesses, workforce readiness, and career-technical education leading to skilled employment and industry certifications.”