Friday, April 21, 2017

Brad Daluiso Golf Classic includes helicopter golf ball drop

Golf balls will rain down from the skies May 5, and prizes including a trip to Cabo will fall into the laps of lucky winners of the Brad Daluiso Golf Classic’s helicopter golf ball drop.

Now in its 14th year, the golf tournament is a daylong event at the Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort hosted by the former NFL kicker and Grossmont College alum to raise funds for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges’ athletics programs.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Grossmont College awarded grant to bolster apprenticeships in high-demand careers

         Grossmont College has been awarded a $410,000 state grant for an innovative outreach program preparing hundreds of high school students and adult learners from diverse East County communities for much-needed apprenticeships.

          The project aims to boost awareness about apprenticeships and improve students’ math and English literacy that are needed to succeed. The centerpiece of the program is a Pre-Apprentice Mobile (PAM) Lab that will serve as an outreach and education vehicle at career fairs, high schools, and adult schools in an effort to spread the word about apprenticeship opportunities and begin preparing interested students to become apprentices.

           “Grossmont College has long played a key role in the economic development of our region.  This grant will advance our ability to connect up to 500 traditional learners and digital natives to pre-apprenticeship training in underserved communities,” said Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh. “The award will allow us to broaden our educational and skills offerings to a larger audience and continue to offer high-quality career-technical education leading to sustainable, well-paid careers.”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ahmad Aljanabi: Overcoming carnage, succeeding at Grossmont College

Ahmad Aljanabi
Of all the bombings, rocket fire and kidnappings that Ahmad Aljanabi experienced while growing up in Baghdad, one incident will forever be etched in his memory.

“I was sleeping upstairs and I heard heavy gunfire coming from our neighbor’s house,” Aljanabi said. “My older brother suddenly grabbed me and took me to the back of our house with the rest of our family. I remember how my body was shaking and I could not say a word. I remember the fear in my mother’s eyes while she was saying prayers. After about 20 minutes, no more gunshots were heard. We could only hear the crying from our neighbor’s house. Later, we found out that a militia had killed our neighbor and his oldest son.”

Some 12 years after that deadly encounter, Aljanabi, now 24, is thriving at Grossmont College and has been accepted to San Diego State University, where he will transfer this coming fall as a public health major.

Aljanabi credits Grossmont College for his success.

“I’ve had nothing but a great experience here,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful relationship with every professor I’ve had. All of them have always been willing to help whenever I might need it. They think about their students first.”

Friday, April 14, 2017

Coyote Music Festival always a howling good time

Cuyamaca College’s answer to Coachella returns Saturday, May 6, with the 9th Annual Coyote Music Festival, organized, produced and promoted by students in the innovative Music Industry Studies program.

The free, family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. will feature two outdoor stages on the Grand Lawn with six local bands playing homegrown music ranging from alternative rock to folk.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Classical guitar innovator Paul Galbraith to give free concert

The Grossmont College World Arts and Culture Committee is sponsoring a free concert 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the college's recital hall (Bldg. 26, Room 220), featuring an innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith, on a customized Brahms eight-string guitar.

The instrument is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. Both the guitar’s design and the Grammy nominee and Billboard Top 10 artist’s playing style are considered groundbreaking, garnering acclaim from leading music publications and reviewers. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cuyamaca College selected for statewide Guided Student Pathways program

Cuyamaca College has been selected to participate in a statewide project aimed at developing structured pathways that lead students to certificates, degrees, transfer to a four-year university, and ultimately their career goals. 

          Cuyamaca is one of 20 California community colleges chosen to take part in the California Guided Pathways Project. Colleges selected for the three-year program will send teams – comprised of the president, a faculty leader, and three other stakeholders – to six institutes designed to help the colleges implement a fully-scaled guided pathway model. Each college taking part in the program has committed to implementing guided pathways for all incoming students by 2019. 

          Cuyamaca College is honored to take part in this effort to further improve student success and ultimately completion,” said Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes. “Our goal is in establishing clear, structured, academic and career pathways to create a seamless experience from the time a student enters the college to the time he or she graduates and transfers to a university or establishes a career.”  


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival set for April 29

Two popular outdoor events will merge this year as one great way to spend a Saturday with the family: the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival, set for April 29 at Cuyamaca College.

The Spring Garden Festival, put on for 24 years by the Ornamental Horticulture program at Cuyamaca College, is combining with the annual Butterfly Festival, put on by the Water Conservation Garden since its butterfly pavilion opened in 2014. Admission and parking are free for the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event that showcases the college’s renowned Ornamental Horticulture program, as well as the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum, both located on the Cuyamaca College campus.