Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boot camp for students studying STEM being held at Cuyamaca College

  Talk about starting off with a bang. 

Lab tech Niall-Conor Garcia poses as a victim as
Professor Laurie LeBlanc points to evidence
A STEM Summer Boot Camp introducing a group of Cuyamaca College students to the dedication required in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics got under way July 24 with a classic whodunit – the discovery of a “victim” felled by a bullet and a directive to work as a team in collecting blood samples, analyzing DNA and engaging in an abundance of research over the following three weeks to solve the faux crime.

       Call it CSI Cuyamaca College. Seventeen students are taking part in the boot camp, which runs through Aug. 11 and involves extensive lab work combined with a crash course in technical reading and writing.  


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cuyamaca College career education programs honored for boosting careers and earnings

      A trio of Cuyamaca College career education programs are being honored by the California Community Colleges system for providing students with the skills needed in new higher-paying jobs. 

Cuyamaca College Environmental Health & Safety class
       Cuyamaca’s Water & Wastewater Technology and Environmental Health & Safety programs were commended because virtually every student taking part in those career readiness efforts have found a job in their field of study and are boosting their earnings by 77 percent, according to data collected by the California Community Colleges. Cuyamaca’s Ornamental Horticulture program was commended because 76 percent of participating students working in the profession are earning the regional living wage.  

       “Cuyamaca College provides among the largest and most effective workforce development programs in East County, and we’re honored to be recognized by the California Community Colleges system for our efforts in providing students with the skills they need to find good jobs in a rapidly changing economy,” said Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ford ASSET graduates to navigate new roads

Graduates of Cuyamaca College's Ford ASSET program
Last week’s commencement of the first Ford ASSET graduates at Cuyamaca College since 2013 was a double cause for celebration. The 16 students were the first to graduate since the program was brought back from a two-year hiatus and a new class is set to begin in the fall with online innovations designed to draw students from beyond San Diego County.
Cuyamaca College’s automotive technology program, which enrolls an average of 300 students each semester, is highly regarded because of its industry-recognized certifications. In addition to strong support from Ford Motor Co. for the ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) program, which provides vehicles, tools and a partnership with Cuyamaca College dating back to 1986, the automotive technology program also enjoys industry backing from General Motors for the GM ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Register now for fall classes at Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges

Grossmont College’s OPT program

With the start of fall semester Aug. 21, open registration begins next week for almost 30,000 students working toward university transfer, gaining workforce skills or broadening their knowledge at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for regular semester classes opens July 17 for all students and ends Aug. 18.
The two colleges are offering more than 2,560 class sections this fall, up more than 5 percent from a year ago, and the most for a fall semester since 2008.  Both campuses offer a variety of traditional, short-term, online and hybrid classes. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coveted trophy caps a golden year for Grossmont College athletics

The Chet DeVore trophy is surrounded by others from 2016-17.
The Grossmont College Griffins have added more hardware to their golden year of athletics.

A state community college championship in baseball has vaulted the college to the top to win the coveted Chet DeVore Trophy for the second straight year as the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

In addition to the becoming the first community college in San Diego County to capture a state baseball title, Grossmont netted conference or division titles in six sports to
garner its third DeVore  trophy in the award’s eight year history. It also earned PCAC’s top athletic honor in 2013-14 to claim the trophy named after the late Chester S. “Chet” DeVore, the founding commissioner of the 12-college conference.

Monday, July 10, 2017

'Treasure Island' goes hip-hop at Grossmont College

Grossmont College’s 4th Annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory features a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island,” a classic swashbuckling tale of pirates, hidden riches, swordfights and daring escapes modernized with hip-hop music and dance.
 Opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Stagehouse Theatre in Bldg. 21, and closing with a 2 p.m. performance Saturday, Aug. 5, the production features local high school and college actors and other students who worked as costume technicians and stagehands under the direction of the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department. The two weeks of family-friendly performances cap an eight-week class in which students earn college credit and get a taste of working in theater while they learn from professional directors, choreographers and technicians.