Tuesday, January 12, 2021

College District adds $1.1 billion to local economy

A new economic impact report finds that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District added $1.1 billion to the San Diego County economy, providing a dependable stream of skilled employees to the region’s workforce and dramatically boosting lifetime earnings of graduates.

The study was conducted by Emsi, an Idaho-based labor market analytics firm which produces similar reports for colleges and universities nationwide. Researchers analyzed data for fiscal year 2018-19 to determine the economic impact and the return on investment for dollars invested by students in their education, by alumni who remain in San Diego County, and the impact of the District’s operational spending. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Nedra Brown's COVID-19 experience

Nedra Brown
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, a GCCCD employee agreed to share her experience with the illness. 

As she slowly recovers from her bout with COVID-19, Nedra Brown has a message for anyone who doubts the seriousness of the virus.

“Even if you do not know someone who has been affected, the virus is real,” said Brown, Associate Dean of Athletics at Grossmont College. “The symptoms are real. It’s not something I would want anyone to go through.” 

Brown says she was careful. She has been working from home and only had limited contacts except for trips to the grocery store. When she woke up one morning in November with flu-like symptoms, she was relieved when they went away after she took some pain medication.

About a week later, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Brown was still feeling a little achy when she noticed she had lost her sense of smell. Even a body spray and a strong household disinfectant had no scent for her. Brown was tested for COVID-19 the next day, and learned she was positive.

“I just broke down. I cried and cried,” she said. “I just could not believe it. I felt sad and embarrassed and angry and scared.”

She immediately isolated herself from the others in her household – her sister and her elderly mother, who is at-risk with cancer. None of the people she had been in contact with tested positive for COVID-19, and Brown still isn’t sure how she got the virus.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Grossmont College makes Top 100 list for degrees for minorities

Grossmont College was recognized as a Top 100 associate degree-awarding college for minorities by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, which released its annual rankings this month. 

This year’s Top 100 list examined national data from the 2018 – 2019 academic year, the most recent year available. The rankings were assigned based on the number of minority students who received degrees. Grossmont College ranked:

No. 69 for awarding degrees to students who identify as a minority (African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American or Pacific Islander)

No. 70 for awarding degrees to Hispanics/Latinx students

No. 58 for awarding degrees to Asian American students

No. 32 for awarding degrees to students who identify as two or more races

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Brad Monroe new Governing Board president


Brad Monroe has been unanimously selected by his fellow board members as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board for 2021.

 Monroe, who founded Cuyamaca College’s highly regarded Ornamental Horticulture program and retired in 2012 as its chair after 32 years, was elected to the board in 2018. Board members also voted to have Linda Cartwright as vice president, and Debbie Justeson as clerk of the board.

 Also at the virtually held Dec. 15 meeting, oaths of office were taken by newly elected trustee Julie Schorr and trustee Adams, re-elected to a second term in November. 

Dates were also set for the 2021 board meetings which will be held electronically during the current COVID-related public health emergency.  When public health conditions permit, meetings will resume in-person and alternate between Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The Governing Board regular meetings will be held at 4:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month on January-August 2021, and on the second Tuesday of the month from September-December. 

 The district’s two colleges, Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, together serve more than 26,000 students. 

For information about the college district, go to www.gcccd.edu

Monday, December 14, 2020

Cuyamaca College, National University partner to benefit water industry students

Center of Water Studies Field Operations Skills Yard
Cuyamaca College and National University, San Diego’s largest private, nonprofit University, announced today that they are partnering to offer degree pathways aligned with workforce needs in water and wastewater management. 

The partnership is designed to increase access to high-quality, affordable degree programs to train and educate the next generation professionals in this sector, as industry experts anticipate a shortage of up to 20,000 workers throughout California in the coming years. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Navy veteran now views her duty as serving Cuyamaca College

Cuyamaca College employee Kaylin Rosal has stayed true to the “Can Do” motto of the Navy Seabees, the Armed Forces construction battalion where she served for three years.

Rosal now serves double-duty as coordinator of Cuyamaca College’s Veterans Resource Center and as coordinator of Cuyamaca Cares, which addresses basic needs of students with a drive-thru food pantry, housing referrals, emergency assistance funds and mental health resources.

At the Veterans Resource Center, Rosal’s primary role is supporting the needs of veteran students and backstopping the work of Veteran Student Specialist Allan Estrada. She coordinates the center’s pantry program, which helps veterans and their families; manages book loans and vouchers; and arranges for Troop Talks, a monthly presentation by a veteran-focused community partner. Social media and the center’s promotion are also part of her bailiwick.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Water Studies student finds reservoir of support at Cuyamaca College

Alana Christman credits her father for her strong work ethic. The Cuyamaca College student is a Water Resources Management major with her eyes set on a career in the environmental field.

Dogged determination is a quality that’s served her well as she juggles her roles as a student and mother of a 6- and 3-year-old with another on the way.