Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grossmont Summer Conservatory: '80 Days! A new musical'

High school and college actors, actresses, costume designers and stagehands are preparing to team up once more for the 2016 version of Grossmont College’s Summer Conservatory program, which culminates with a musical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, “Around the World in Eighty Days”.

“This really is the most incredible of programs,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan. “The Summer Conservatory provides a valuable opportunity to nurture the artists of tomorrow and enables us to guide those who want to work both on and off the stage.”

 The 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program enables student performers and technicians to learn what it’s like to work in a professional theatre through daytime or evening classes that teach specialized skills. High school students can earn college credit, and the course culminates with 10 performances in the Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New coodinator of Alliance eager to help teens launch promising futures

Jesse Enriquez, the new coordinator of an East County initiative to make the high school-to-college or career transition more seamless, understands the challenges facing teens as they venture into adulthood. 

Coming from modest means and the product of a public school system with a large Hispanic population, starting college was an experience as foreign as anything Enriquez had ever encountered. But the school of hard knocks and an inner drive propelled him forward, and the first-generation college graduate says those memories will serve him well as the coordinator of the East County Education Alliance. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Colleges partner with PLNU for 3 bachelor's degree programs

Starting in the fall, graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges can continue their education for bachelor’s degrees in three programs from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) without ever leaving the East County community college campuses.

The new baccalaureate programs in Child Development and Organizational Management to be
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh,
PLNU President Bob Brower, and Cuyamaca College
President Julianna Barnes sign agreement
offered at Cuyamaca College and Computer Information Technology at Grossmont College were announced today by Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes, Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh and PLNU President Bob Brower.

 The three baccalaureates offered through PLNU’s College of Extended Learning are designed to fit the needs of working adults, with courses taught by PLNU professors offered either entirely online or as hybrid classes combining once-weekly night classes with online instruction. With all three comparable programs impacted at San Diego State University, the PLNU baccalaureates provide much-needed options for students striving for bachelor’s degrees.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cuyamaca College takes the wheel to train auto tech students in EVs, hybrids

 Hybrids that are part of the auto tech fleet.
A Toyota Prius trainer.
As hybrid and electric vehicles become more commonplace on San Diego County roads, Cuyamaca College is shifting gears to ensure its automotive technology program is on top of the trend.

The program two years ago added an introductory class to hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles, which it now offers on Saturdays to provide a training opportunity to working mechanics. Program director Chris Branton said the college will be adding more classes as demand grows and has plans to develop a certificate program in electric vehicles, or EVs, and hybrids within the next two or three years.

In addition to classes, the program has added more cars to its fleet of EVs and hybrids, including a 2006 Toyota Prius delivered in May that has been converted into a cutaway car by Megatech Corp., a company specializing in providing training vehicles to auto industry training centers worldwide.

Monday, June 6, 2016

4,200 degrees and certificates awarded to Grossmont, Cuyamaca graduates

Grads at Cuyamaca College commencement
Two Iraqi refugees who succeeded academically through perseverance and strength of spirit, and a high-school dropout who’s now on her way to UC Berkeley, shared their inspirational stories at last week’s commencement ceremonies for Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges.
The three were among the approximately 2,100 graduates who received nearly 4,200 degrees and certificates awarded this year at the East County colleges. About 640 Cuyamaca graduates earned 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 earned more than 3,200 degrees and certificates.

Grads at Grossmont College commencement.
Chancellor Cindy Miles gave a congratulatory whoop to the delight of graduates and spectators at both colleges, commending the graduates for joining the 40 percent of adults in the country to earn a college degree and encouraging them to continue their studies to become part of the elite 30 percent to hold bachelor’s degrees.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

An associate degree for Cuyamaca College dean Scott Herrin

Scott Herrin
Cuyamaca College dean Scott Herrin spent years going to college to get his bachelor’s and master’s degree, and ultimately a doctorate in educational leadership. He’ll be adding one more diploma to his wall next week: an associate degree from Cuyamaca College.

After a year of taking classes online, Herrin will be receiving an associate degree in lifelong health and well-being when Cuyamaca College holds its commencement on Wednesday. Herrin said he earned his other degrees to advance his professional career, while this degree was simply a learning experience – about both the subject and to delve into the student experience.

“What made me decide to do this is because I have fallen in love with the community college,” Herrin said. “Who we are and what we do is so important. If I am going to make a career working in this system, I thought it was super important for me to say that I also am a product of the community college.”

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Maysaa Madhat Ibrahim: Cuyamaca College graduate proves that nothing is impossible

More than 2,100 students will be receiving degrees and certificates at the Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College commencements on June 1 and 2. Here's the story of one amazing graduate.

Maysaa Madhat Najih Ibrahim
Maysaa Madhat Najih Ibrahim is all about overcoming challenges. Single mother. Refugee. No matter. Ibrahim is one of six valedictorians graduating at Cuyamaca College’s 38th commencement ceremony on June 1. She’ll be headed to San Diego State University in the fall on her way toward becoming a Spanish teacher. 

“I want to encourage students, single mothers and refuges to continue their education because nothing is impossible to achieve with hard work,” Ibrahim said. 

Mission accomplished. 

“She is a superb role model,” said Patricia Santana, Chair of the Cuyamaca College World Languages Department. “She is focused, persevering, and has a kind and humble demeanor. I could tell immediately that she would reach her dreams.”