Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grant funds viticulture program at Cuyamaca College

Cuyamaca College has secured a grant of nearly $260,000 to bolster its new viticulture apprenticeship program and cover the cost of a planned two-acre vineyard on the Rancho San Diego campus.

The viticulture apprenticeship program, the only one of its kind in Southern California when it launched in the fall of 2016, is aimed at addressing a shortage of qualified workers knowledgeable in vine and pest diseases, irrigation practices and harvest operations that are critical in the growing viticulture industry.


“Even though San Diego County has 115 wineries, we’re not recognized as a premium wine-growing area, and that has made finding skilled labor difficult,” said Izaac Villalobos, general manager at Fallbrook Winery. “The Cuyamaca College program will go a long way in helping to alleviate the challenge of finding skilled labor.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cuyamaca College alum Jesus Banderas: From high school dropout to plant biologist


It wasn’t too long ago that Jesus Banderas saw school as something of a nuisance. Which is why he dropped out as a 16-year-old high school junior and found full-time work at his father’s landscaping business.

Then he discovered Cuyamaca College. And his life hasn’t been the same since.

“I never really saw myself as college material,” he said. “I was just interested in taking a couple ornamental horticulture classes and picking up some information to help out my dad and his business. It turned out to be the best thing for me.”

That’s because Banderas kept pushing himself to greater heights.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

'Inside the Actor's Process' tours 15 local high schools


Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts Department will take its 11th annual Inside the Actor’s Process production to 15 high schools throughout San Diego County starting Jan. 30 as part of an ongoing effort at exposing teen audiences to the finer points of stage performance. 

Directed by Jerry Hager, this year’s production is titled Inside the Actor’s Process: Ensemble, and it is aimed at illustrating how storylines are developed in an ensemble cast – in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance.  

Inside the Actors Process is a unique theatre adventure that is based in the heart and soul of the actors who present live theatre,” Hager said. “Actors share their journeys and discoveries through not only through performance, but also in a forum with their audiences, which allows the high school student to ask questions or make comments.  This type of back-and-forth conversation is an important part of the process of understanding how a character is built.” 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grossmont College Nursing Students Earn Their Pins

They’re ready to heal the world.

Two dozen students who have completed Grossmont College’s renowned nursing program were saluted Thursday night, Dec. 15, in an emotional nurse pinning ceremony marking the end of the training needed to embark on their careers as health care providers.


Graduates at the event, which took place at Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Theater, included several immigrants and the mother-and-daughter team of Colleen and Kayleigh Dotson.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bill Garrett selected for 10th term as Governing Board president


For the 10th year in a row, Bill Garrett was selected Tuesday night as president of the
L to R: Chancellor Cindy Miles; Governing Board members
Edwin Hiel, Elena Adams, President Bill Garrett, Greg Barr,
Debbie Justeson; Student trustees Evan Esparza,
Sebastian Caparelli
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, while Elena Adams joined the board that leads the two-college East County college district.

Board member Edwin Hiel was elected vice president, and board member Debbie Justeson was selected to serve as clerk of the board.

Garrett, retired El Cajon city manager who has served on the Governing Board since 2004, was reelected this year without opposition. Adams, an East County resident and lifelong educator currently employed at San Diego Continuing Education, was elected to fill the vacancy created when board member Mary Kay Rosinski decided not to run for re-election.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Constitution competition brings 400 middle and high schoolers to Grossmont College


More than 400 middle and high school students from throughout San Diego and Riverside counties will converge at Grossmont College Dec. 15 and 16 to compete in a series of simulated congressional hearings testing how well they know the Constitution.  

Eleven middle and high schools are taking part in the innovative educational program titled We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution, which is now in its 29th year. The program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, Grossmont College, and the Cuyamaca College Constitution Education Committee. The Elks Lodge of El Cajon provides major funding for the event.

       The competition gets under way at 9 a.m. both days, with an awards ceremony to follow at 12:30 p.m. Events will take place in the 500 building, just north of Griffin Center, at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, 92920.  


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Drone technology program gets clearance to take flight

Levi Wilson gives a drone demo.
Grossmont College is moving forward with developing a program in drone technology, due to a large turnout at Grossmont College’s recent workshop on careers in drone technology, along with the announcement of a $6 million federal workforce development grant that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges were just awarded.

“Clearly, the interest is there and with the funding to support developing education and training to support rapidly growing business applications, we have an obligation to the public to build a drone technology program,” college president Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh said following a two-hour workshop last week that drew more than 60 attendees, including those from Los Angeles County.