Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Cuyamaca College’s newest kids are on a mission.
A herd of 275 baby and adult goats are grazing on 50 acres of dry brush on the outskirts of the pastoral campus for the next six to eight weeks to mitigate a fire risk.
Oblivious to TV cameras and a pair of drones hovering overhead, the four-legged masticators -- docile and tolerant of curious humans with their cellphone cameras – were officially introduced to the public Thursday.
“Using goats will mitigate environmental impact and ensure responsible use of public funds,” President Julianna Barnes said at the media day function, where she introduced the “Goat Guy,” Johnny Gonzales, herd manager with Environmental Land Management.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received the highest grade granted to school and college districts by the San Diego County Taxpayers Education Foundation in its 2020 school bond transparency report.
The watchdog agency graded 25 school and college districts with school construction bond programs for their transparency in providing information to the public, including posting of meeting agendas and minutes, project descriptions, progress updates, and annual reports by citizens’ bond oversight committees. In all, 17 districts received an A-, the top grade issued by the taxpayer group, which noted scores were slightly lower this year, a trend it attributed to the distraction of the coronavirus pandemic and a shifting of priorities.
|Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh|
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, who since 2015 has led the academic and physical transformation of the El Cajon community college, announced his retirement today.
“I am leaving my post after 31 years of service in the California Community Colleges to spend more quality time with my wife,” Abu-Ghazaleh said in an announcement to campus. “As we have spent more time together working from home in the past six months, we have revisited forgotten plans. Long before I left the classroom in 1999 to become an administrator, we envisioned living simply and retiring early to travel and pursue a more active lifestyle.”
Thanks to his long-standing commitment to equity for students, Abu-Ghazaleh leaves the college much changed from his start there five-and-a-half years ago. During his time as president, Grossmont College has been recognized twice as eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges, that placed it among the top 150, or top 15 percent, of community colleges nationwide.
Monday, September 21, 2020
The colleges are currently deciding which additional spring 2021 classes need to be taught in person but can also meet safety protocols, such as physical distancing and regular sanitizing. The district is also looking into providing limited student support services on the campuses if public health conditions permit, Neault said.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
On Tuesday at Grossmont College, cars lined up at the lot outside Building 10 to receive the donated food, which included lentils, raisins, soup, frozen eggs and sausage. To ensure physical distancing, the recipients stayed in their cars and opened their trunks to have the food delivered. The event was organized by Gizmo’s Kitchen.
Grossmont College employees volunteered to hand out the food. “I’m glad that we’re able to do something, even if it’s just a little thing,” said Jeanette Calo, a media communications instructor.
Friday, September 18, 2020
The second eight-week classes of fall 2020 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are set to be held mostly remotely Oct. 12- Dec. 7, 2020 (some course begin Sept. 21) and at only $46 a unit for California residents, are a bargain. Most classes carry three units of credit, with financial aid available to those who qualify. Online registration is available.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Organized by history instructor Marty Ennis, the 1 p.m. free Zoom event will include a lecture, video clips and discussion about the still ongoing campaign for an official memorial honoring crash victims.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
|Math instructors Susan Working, left, and Beth Smith|
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
staging plays that can’t be seen in person, but can still be experienced remotely.