Friday, December 30, 2011

Business development classes offered by college district

     The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, in
partnership with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, has
launched a "Business Solutions Academy," featuring a series of
professional development educational classes designed to assist business
owners in the East County.

     Two classes are scheduled for January, both
of them from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber offices, 201 S. Magnolia
Ave. in El Cajon.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Improved services at college health clinics to be funded by fee increase

      Student health clinics at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be able to offer longer hours, better staffing and more wellness education as the result of a $4 per semester fee increase beginning in fall 2012.

      Students at the two East County community colleges will begin paying a student fee of $18 per semester, or $15 during the summer session, under the new fee structure approved Dec. 13 by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another clean audit for college district

     EL CAJON – If the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District was an NFL franchise, its number crunchers would be celebrating its eighth consecutive perfect season.

    That’s not to say the financial picture for the two-college district in East County is rosy – far from it – but its public accounting of its balance sheet remains crystal clear.

    For the eighth consecutive year, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received exemplary marks for state-mandated audits from the certified public accounting firm of Christy White Accountancy. The reports on the
five audits for fiscal year 2010-2011 were presented at a governing board meeting Tuesday.

Happy holidays from the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District!
We hope you enjoy this video holiday card.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A budget update from Chancellor Cindy L. Miles

(Chancellor Cindy L. Miles sent this message to all district employees Dec. 14 following news of the state budget cuts.)
Dear Colleagues:
     Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that state budget revenues fell $2.2 billion below the budget assumptions made in June, triggering budget reductions for higher education, social services, libraries, and public safety. For California’s community colleges, this will mean a $102 million budget cut and a fee increase for students from $36 to $46 per credit unit beginning in summer 2012.
      For our District, this will mean a budget reduction of almost $6.3 million. Fortunately, we anticipated this worst-case scenario and built in these cuts when we prepared our $179 million budget that was approved by the Governing Board in September. We don’t expect to make any further cuts now on top of the many painful ones we’ve already had to take.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

District board approves trustee-area elections

      EL CAJON – The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board has approved a new elections process beginning in 2012 in which the five trustees will be selected by voters in their area instead of being elected districtwide.
     The district’s Governing Board approved the trustee-area elections and the boundary maps for the districts at their Dec. 13 board meeting following two public hearings. No one spoke at either hearing. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Students and employees from the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District participated in El Cajon's Mother Goose parade on Nov. 20. Here's a slide show of the parade rom some of the photos taken by Robert Sanchez. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A student success story

Grossmont College student Danny McKay
(Every so often, we will profile a student who exemplifies success. Here's one student's story.)

Danny McKay
From addict to honor student
           The turning point for Danny McKay came the day he finally paid off the bills from an auto accident that he’d caused while driving drunk. He knew he needed to get an education, but the thought of taking college classes terrified him.
                “I didn’t know if I could walk into school and do well,” McKay said. “Coming to school was scary to me.”
                McKay, a Santee resident, had joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. But the drug and alcohol addictions that had plagued him in high school continued to haunt him, culminating in a near-fatal crash in which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. After he was honorably discharged from the Air Force, McKay worked to overcome his addictions.
                McKay said he found a warm reception after he enrolled at Grossmont College, along with help getting the financial aid he needed to attend college.
                “Because of the people and programs here, I was able to dive in. People didn’t judge me,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the professors and the available funds, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
                McKay now has a 3.95 grade point average and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society. He presented honors papers at the University of California at Irvine and Stanford University on the manifestation of bipolar disorder after brain trauma.  
                He plans to apply to the University of California at Los Angeles, UC Berkeley and Stanford after he finishes at Grossmont in spring 2012. McKay said he’d like to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist.
                “Life is overall excellent compared to how my life was,” he said. “I plan on going as far as possible.”