Friday, May 22, 2015

Grossmont College joins national effort to improve success of men of color

Grossmont College recently announced its membership in the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. Participation in the M2C3 Consortium will enhance the college’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh named new Grossmont College president

Dr. Nabil S. Abu-Ghazaleh, president of West Los Angeles College, has been named president of Grossmont College effective July 1.

Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, said Abu-Ghazaleh’s more than a quarter-century in California community college leadership, including the four years he has held the top post at the Culver City campus, made him the solid choice to take the helm of the 18,000-student El Cajon college.

East County college, high school district boards meet to hear about Alliance

Defining the new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, is simple, but the work facing the team is intensive, the governing boards of the two districts saw at a first-ever joint meeting Tuesday.

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Members of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont Union High School District governing boards had their first joint meeting to hear about the work of the East County Education Alliance. From left are: GCCCD Board members Bill Garrett, Debbie Justeson, Mary Kay Rosinski, Edwin Hiel, Zac Gianino (student trustee), and Greg Barr; GCCCD Chancellor Cindy L. Miles; GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson and GUHSD Board members Robert Shield, Gary Woods, Jim Kelly, Jim Stieringer, and Priscilla Schreiber.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

10 tips for landing the perfect job interview

You’ve secured a good education, maybe taken a few classes to sharpen your job skills, and now you’re looking for work. Yet too many seeking employment often overlook a vital component: the interview.

That’s why we’ve lined up several tips to help settle your nerves and get you to your next job.

Cuyamaca College career and job fair open to public

A pitching bullpen is a new feature of this year’s East County Career Expo at Cuyamaca College, but it will be jobseekers, not the boys of summer, doing the warmup.
With as many as 50 employers expected at the college’s free job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 20, Cuyamaca College and co-sponsor East County Career Center want students and the public to be as polished as possible before they begin their networking. Jobseekers can practice their pitches and get tips from experts in the “bullpen” in preparation for making that first impression with employers attending the fair.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

East County college district and its colleges take creative approaches to conserving water

As California continues to grapple with an unrelenting drought,  the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and its two East County colleges are taking creative approaches to water and energy conservation.
John Thomas does some pruning in the nursery operated by Cuyamaca College's ornamental horticulture program.
Newly installed drought-tolerant landscaping is part of Grossmont College's outdoor education zone.

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Piano Lesson' at Grossmont College features all-black cast

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department is breaking new ground with a production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, May 7-16 at the Stagehouse Theatre. 

This marks the first time the Theatre Arts Department will stage a play by August Wilson, a giant among American playwrights, or will stage a play with an all-black cast.

The Piano Lesson revolves around the dilemma presented when sharecropper Boy Willie seeks to purchase the land upon which his family once toiled as slaves, a plan opposed by his sister, Bernice, because it means selling a family heirloom – a piano carved with images of their African ancestors and crafted by their enslaved grandfather. The play is set in Pittsburgh in 1936.