Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trio picked for district's annual employee excellence award

Three classified staffers have been honored by the Governing Board as this year’s picks for an employee excellence award lauding behind-the-scenes workers key to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and the East County college district.

Grossmont College Administrative Assistant Janet Carter, Cuyamaca College Administrative Assistant Cheryl Alvarez, and District Instructional Design Technology Specialist Debbi Smith each received trophies and plaudits as the 2014 recipients of the Chancellor/Classified Senate Award.

“Our colleges and the district are indeed fortunate to have such excellent workers serving students and our community,” Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said. “Their contributions are valued beyond measure.”

Classified Senate President Yvette Macy said the awardees are dedicated to the universal mission of student success.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bill Garrett returning as Governing Board president for 2015

Bill Garrett

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve an eighth straight year as president, while Mary Kay Rosinski was picked as vice president and Greg Barr as board clerk for 2015.

Garrett has served since 2008 as board president for the East County district, which enrolls about 30,0000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, in addition to the district’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training program.. The Governing Board meeting got under way Tuesday with Garrett giving the oath of office to trustees Barr, Debbie Justeson and Edwin Hiel, who ran unopposed in the November election. 

Garrett thanked fellow trustees for their support and said the board’s cohesiveness and collegial relationships are key to its strength, as well as the support and trust it has built over the years with faculty, staff and the community at large.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cuyamaca College's past presidents lauded at portrait unveilings

From left: Former Cuyamaca College Presidents
Geraldine Perri, Sherrill Amador and Samuel Ciccati
        Cuyamaca College’s past presidents are now part of campus history for all to see after Monday’s unveiling of four framed portraits in pencil.

Drs. Wallace F. Cohen (president, July 1, 1977-July 30, 1983); Samuel M. Ciccati (June 20, 1984-July 1, 1993); Sherrill L. Amador (March 1, 1994-June 19, 2001); and Geraldine M. Perri (Jan. 7, 2002-June 30, 2008), were honored for their years of service and contributions to the college at a reception hosted by current President Mark Zacovic.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Grossmont College, Point Loma Nazarene University partner for 4-year nursing degree

Seated l to r: PLNU nursing dean Barbara Taylor;
Debbie Yaddow, Grossmont College dean of allied health and nursing
Bob Brower, PLNU president
Sunita V. Cooke, Grossmont College president
Starting next fall, graduates of the Grossmont College nursing program can seamlessly continue their education and receive their bachelor’s in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the community college campus.

The groundbreaking pact between the two institutions for the four-year nursing degree was announced this morning at a press conference at Grossmont College. Created to address growing workforce demand, the new agreement addresses the omission of nursing programs from recent legislation allowing select community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Student success profile: Glynn Long takes a leading role at Grossmont College

Glynn Long
Glynn Long was living in El Cajon when the Marine veteran decided to explore the opportunities at Grossmont College.

“I happened to be in the area and Grossmont College was close,” Long said. “I decided to try out an acting class and ended up stumbling upon the best theatre department at any community college in the region.”

The El Cajon resident has found his home on the stage and is a rising star at Grossmont College.  Long played the part of Athos in the Grossmont College Summer Arts Conservatory’s production of The Three Musketeers, the King in last spring’s Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Walter Lee in the Grossmont College’s “Inside the Actor’s Process” production of A Raisin in the Sun, and Prince Bassianus in the Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s production of Titus Andronicus.

What does he plan for an encore?

“Ultimately, I plan to transfer to a four-year school and go into the theatre,” Long said.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter means it's time to jam at Cuyamaca College's annual music fest

Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s homegrown music fest put on by students in the Music Industry Studies program and featuring four local bands and musicians playing pop, rock and folk music – is set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the performing arts theater.

Open to the public, admission is $5 or a donation of three canned goods to the San Diego Food Bank. Ample free parking will be available at the college at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mexican consulate awards $15,000 for scholarships to Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students

           For the second year in a row, the Mexican Consulate has awarded $15,000 to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District that will be used to award scholarships to 15 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students of Mexican descent.

Left to right: Selam Gebrekristos, Grossmont College scholarship
specialist; Grossmont College student Esau Cortez;
John Valencia, associate vice chancellor, adv. and comm.;
Sally Cox, executive director, Auxiliary
            The Mexican government awarded the scholarship money to the East County colleges and four other education institutions in San Diego County – University of California San Diego, University of San Diego, Southwestern College, and Access.

            “We are interested in helping the Mexican population living in the United States have access to improve their education,” said Remedios Gomez Arnau, Mexican consul general in San Diego.

            John Valencia, the college district’s associate vice chancellor for advancement and communications, said the scholarships will be awarded for the spring 2015 semester to 10 Grossmont College students and 5 Cuyamaca College students. To be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, a student must be of Mexican origin, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and write a 500-word essay describing their Mexican heritage and the reasons why they should receive the scholarship.