Friday, October 30, 2015

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges hosting events honoring veterans

From participating in a parade along Harbor Drive in San Diego to a “Bowling for SVO” fundraiser, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities in commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11.

With nearly 1,500 veterans enrolled for the current semester at East County’s only public institutions of higher education -- a number that is steadily climbing -- both current and past members of the armed forces are a significant and valued presence within the college communities.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Doug Jenson appointed as district's associate vice chancellor of business services

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s newly appointed associate vice chancellor of business services may spend his days scrutinizing budget minutiae, but Doug Jenson finds satisfaction in taking the broader view of helping to mold students’ futures.

“I have always loved that the end goal is to help a student transition to a better life as they progress through the journey of identifying and completing their education goals,” Jenson said. “What I like most about working for this district is my role in assisting the colleges as they help students reach their graduation milestones and watch as the doors of opportunity open even wider for them.”

Monday, October 26, 2015

Grossmont College OTA students show that necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention

Students in a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant class have become inventors, creating homemade adaptive devices to help make life a little easier for friends and family members with physical impairments.
Amanda Plascencia explains the benefits of the Comfy Reader.

The 19 students will demonstrate their creations during the OTA program’s Eighth Annual Assistive Technology Show from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the upper and lower lobbies of Building 34, the Health and Sciences Complex at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Grounds supervisor John Heimester retires after 37 years at Cuyamaca College

John Heimseter
The first time John Heimaster set his sights on Cuyamaca College, rattlesnakes and rabbits were more plentiful than people. There was no library. No cafeteria. No gymnasium. There were hardly any classrooms.

“We turned off Jamacha Road onto a bumpy dirt drive with only concrete curbs directing the way in, passed a sign that said `Cuyamaca College’ and there was not a building in sight,” Heimaster recalled. “No apartments. No shopping mall. No Water Garden. No Heritage of the Americas museum, only open fields.”

In the 37 years since, the grounds supervisor has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the 165-acre college into one of the most beautiful campuses in the region. He was part of the crew when the Grand Lawn was created three decades ago. And he and his crew have planted Torrey pines and cork oaks from seeds that blossomed into mature trees now providing canopies of shade from students, faculty and staff seeking a peaceful oasis in their busy day.

“I’ve watched tipu trees that were planted grow to over 50 feet high.”

But Heimaster, who began working for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in 1978 and came to Cuyamaca College a year later, has decided to retire. His last official day with the district is Oct. 30. 

“John’s really going to miss this place,” said Heimaster’s wife, Pam, whom he met at Cuyamaca College more than 30 years ago. “He’d call me every morning and describe how the sun was rising over the mountains, what the clouds looked like, what the colors were that morning.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Grossmont College Theatre Arts takes 'Martians' on elementary school tour

Thousands of East County elementary school students will be treated to an out-of-this-world adventure when the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department launches the 19th season of the Fall Elementary School Tour with “Martians!,” an original look at Orson Welles’ 1938 Halloween night radio broadcast that spread public panic about an extraterrestrial invasion.

This year’s Fall Elementary School Tour begins with an Oct. 13 performance at La Mesa Dale Elementary School. Performances will follow on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 3.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to provide theatre production to elementary school students in the area and expose them to the arts,” said Jerry Hager, a Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department professor who wrote and directed the play.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Grossmont College to stage 'Invisible'

Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department veteran Jerry Hager is staging a special performance of his one-man show, “Invisible,” on Oct. 16 & 17 to raise money for the college’s Summer Conservatory for high school and college students interested in exploring the theatre.
“Invisible” explores the stories of those living on the street. The play features 10 characters, including an old woman, a teenager, a brash woman, a veteran, a man suffering from cerebral palsy and characters with extreme personalities.Nine of the characters wear masks created by David Knezz,a critically acclaimed mask maker from Chicago.

“The idea is to unmask the characters in the performance and illustrate that we’re all people just trying to do the best we can,” Hager said.

All proceeds will go to the Grossmont College Summer Conservatory, an eight-week course where high school students work side-by-side with their college counterparts learning set and costume construction to acting and choreography. The Summer Conservatory recently wrapped up its second season with sold-out performances of “Cinderella - A New Pop Musical.”

Monday, October 5, 2015

Day in Solidarity with African People: Reparations for stolen black lives

Omali Yeshitela, founder of the African People’s Socialist Party and the African Socialist International, is the featured speaker at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues workshop, “Day in Solidarity with African People: Reparations for Stolen Black Lives,” set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Performing Arts Center.
Omali Yeshitela, leader of African Socialist International
The African People’s Solidarity Day events held throughout the country are part of APSC’s campaign to raise awareness in the white community about conditions faced by African people in the United States and elsewhere and to raise funds in support of the Uhuru, or Black Liberation, Movement. The movement describes itself as an international organization which advocates the economic and political liberation of black Africans.
The solidarity day events feature Yeshitela, a Uhuru Movement leader, and African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess. The pair will discuss how whites and other allies can support the struggles of the black community.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Free workshop focuses on millennials in the workforce

The Employee Training Institute, the corporate training division of the region’s community colleges, including Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in the East County, is offering “Retaining and Managing the Millennial Generation,” a free workshop for HR professionals and business managers, from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Corporate Education Center on the San Diego City College campus.

The workshop, the first of a series launched for 2015-16 to promote corporate training services available through the region’s community colleges, is designed for managers to learn how to maximize the strengths and contributions of millennials, and to learn how HR practices can be updated to best suit a multi-generational workforce. Millennials now make up the majority of the workforce and while they bring fresh new skills and aptitudes to companies, they also present distinct HR and management challenges.