Friday, April 27, 2012

Coyote Music Festival rocks at Cuyamaca College

A free music festival that is the culmination of a Cuyamaca College course on the music industry will feature nine bands rocking at the grand lawn at the Rancho San Diego college from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Now in its fourth year, the Cuyamaca College Coyote Music Festival is the end result of a semester-length project of students in the Music Industry Studies program.
Among the nine bands performing in the all-ages event is an Orange County draw, Railroad to Alaska, a post-grunge/alternative metal group that in 2011 was named Best New Artist at the Orange County Music Awards and in 2012, won kudos as the Best Metal and Best Live Band.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Entrances and Exits dance concert

The Grossmont College Dance Department will present "Entrances and Exits," a faculty-choreographed dance concert featuring performances by Grossmont College students performing salsa, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern and hip hop dancing.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28. All performances will be held at the Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., in San Diego. Admission is $12 at the door, or $10 presale from the Dance Department or the ASGC ticket window.

For more information, call (619) 644-7766 or visit

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Lost in Yonkers" presented by Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Lost in Yonkers,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon, at 7:30 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, and at 2 p.m. on May 5 and 12. Performances will be held at the Stagehouse Theatre, located on campus, near Parking Lot #1 and the exterior Aztec wall mural. The public is invited to attend.

Featuring Grossmont College drama students and directed by Grossmont College Theatre Arts instructor Jeannette Thomas, “Lost in Yonkers” is a story set in 1942 about brothers Artie and Jay. The two learn about the definition of family from their gangster uncle, an aunt with the mentality of a child and a steely, formidable grandmother who struggles to understand love. Will it be the longest ten months of their lives? Or will they all learn that “love” comes in many forms? “Lost in Yonkers” contains adult situations and language.

General admission for each performance is $12 per person. All major credit cards are accepted. The box office will open one hour prior to all performances. For more information, phone (619) 644-7234, or visit

Monday, April 23, 2012

A new start for foreign-trained professionals

Students at San Diego's Welcome Back Center

     They came to the United States as refugees and immigrants with the skills and training to help others, but without the license they need to pursue a career. Despite their years of education, they often end up in low-paying jobs.

      Since it opened in 2001, the San Diego Welcome Back Center has served more than 3,600 internationally-trained doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals seeking medical healthcare careers after immigrating to the United States. The center provides orientation, consulting and support for internationally-trained health care professionals, and has helped participants from 93 countries. All foreign-trained health workers in California are eligible.

       The Welcome Back Center, in partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, will honor 176 students on Wednesday, May 2 who have completed their courses to help prepare them for state licensing tests that will enable them to work in their chosen fields. The recognition ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Griffin Center on the Grossmont College campus.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Grossmont College A-V tech in the spotlight

Dave Steinmetz, Grossmont College instructional media services coordinator, receives his award from well-wishers, including Chancellor Cindy L. Miles (second from right) and Classified Senate President Wendy Corbin (in hat). 

Grossmont College’s go-to person for installing and servicing the audio-visual equipment in some 150  classrooms says his work is “no big deal,” but when the gremlins are up to no good, that’s when Dave Steinmetz is at his best.
The instructional media services coordinator, low-key and unflappable, calmly assesses the problem, typically declares it’s a “piece of cake,” and performs his magic. Voila -- the technical glitch is fixed and the harried instructor is once again able to bring lesson plans to life with audio and video.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival a potpourri of free activities

Crowds enjoying the Spring Garden Festival
As honeybees are drawn to nectar, so is the public to Cuyamaca College’s Spring Garden Festival, the annual event showcasing the Rancho San Diego college’s Ornamental Horticulture program and event partners, the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum.
The family-friendly festival, now in its 19th year, is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Admission, parking and Old Town Trolley transports between the three Cuyamaca College sites are free for the event, one of the largest in East County with attendance reaching as high as 7,000.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Grossmont College's record-setting Open House

Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke gives a thumbs up
 in front of Grossmont College's record-setting birthday card
More than 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Grossmont College’s Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,821 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.
“What a fantabulous culmination to our yearlong celebration of Grossmont College’s first 50 years,” President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke said. “Here’s to the next half-century of excellence in serving our community.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cuyamaca College receives statewide recognition for sustainable landscaping

     Cuyamaca College has been selected as one of three community colleges in the state to win the inaugural Energy and Sustainability Awards competition from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

     The college was recognized in the area of faculty/student initiatives for promoting sustainable landscaping at the Rancho San Diego campus. The initiative was the result of meetings held in 2007 with 23 Cuyamaca College faculty members who discussed moving beyond water conservation to a broader sustainable urban landscape approach.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 14 dedication ceremony for Grossmont College's renovated facilities

Griffin Center

Student Services and Administration building
On a day Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house full of activities for the public, the campus is also marking a new beginning with the dedication of the Student and Administrative Services Building and Griffin Center.
A dedication ceremony, preceded by a flyover of vintage planes from Gillespie Field, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April14, on the Main Quad of the El Cajon campus. The ceremony marks the completion of the $36.2 million, two-building project, which took about 1 ½ years to build.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A priceless education

Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District
(This column by Dr. Miles recently appeared in the East County Herald.)

     Who can put a value on a college education? A recent study we commissioned found that the average lifetime income of students at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College increases by $6 for every dollar they invest in their education with us.

       I’d like to think that the knowledge and skills our students learn is priceless. College education is more than just a pathway to a job – it helps students understand themselves and their place in the world, while becoming more fully-engaged citizens.  Plus, like the king of jazz B.B.King says, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.