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.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Community colleges to take larger role in preparing SDSU and CSU San Marcos first-year students

A new $2 million grant will give area community colleges a larger role in helping many students get a successful start at San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos by sharpening their math and English skills.


The Basic Skills Partnership Pilot Project is an ambitious regional approach to addressing the basic skills in math and English that are necessary to succeed in college-level coursework. About 1,600 freshmen entering CSU San Marcos and SDSU in fall 2017 will be referred to community college partners for basic skills instruction.


Community colleges involved in the project include Cuyamaca College and Grossmont College; Imperial Valley College; MiraCosta College; Palomar College; San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College; and Southwestern College. 


“Helping students be truly college-ready for college has long been a national problem,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “This initiative is a strong step forward in bringing shared expertise to ensure student readiness and success.”


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

10 reasons why veterans should attend Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges

Are you a military veteran contemplating college? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider attending Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges:

1. Priority class registration for those enrolling within four years after their military service. First-in-line privileges are a major benefit to veterans, especially for high-demand, general education classes.

2. Counselors well-versed in the needs of veterans. Workshops, orientations, as well as veteran-specific counseling, assessments and educational planning are offered.

3.Transition-skills classes help veterans improve their note-taking and testing, time management, and other skills needed for college success.

4. Veteran services are based on a comprehensive network between Admission and Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Students Programs and Services, and Counseling.

5. Veteran Affairs Offices with staff trained in the certification of classes to ensure veterans are receiving VA benefits such as housing allowances and payment for fees and textbooks promptly and efficiently.
6. Veterans Resource Centers staffed by veterans provide access to computers and assistive technologies, academic counseling, peer support and mentoring, financial aid resources and referrals to outside agencies.

7. VA Work Study programs that provide paid work experience at the colleges’ veterans’ offices, VA Regional Office, VA medical facilities or at state employment offices.

8. Veterans are connected to community-based resources for those who need assistance with post-traumatic stress disorder counseling and learning disability assessment.

9. VA-backed programs provide private tutoring to qualifying veterans.

10. Student Veteran Organizations foster camaraderie between members and provide outreach to fellow veterans. 

Check out class schedules and links to registration at

For more information about Grossmont College, visit the Veterans Services page.

For more information about Cuyamaca College, visit the Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) page.


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.