Two new student trustees were officially seated this week on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.
The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting board members, are Grossmont College student Peg Marcus, 62, and Cuyamaca College student Elsa Michelle Hernandez, 19.
Marcus and Hernandez took their oaths of office for their one-year terms at the start of Tuesday night’s board meeting at Grossmont College. They join the board at a time of rebuilding as the colleges begin to add classes, staffing and other resources lost to the budget ax in recent years, along with a renewed focus on student success to help students reach their educational goals.
“As students are faced with the reality that they will have to become more focused and use the time they spend obtaining their education more efficiently, the role of student trustees to be informed and to communicate with fellow students about these changes has never been more crucial,” Governing Board President Bill Garrett said. “The Governing Board members also value the input that the student representatives provide as we consider policy changes and new initiatives to guide the direction of the college district.”
Marcus said during Tuesday’s board meeting that she and Hernandez have talked about working jointly on community projects as student trustees to promote a message of unity between the two colleges and to reflect the district’s commitment to serving East County.