Wednesday, December 20, 2017

District's partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University leads to diplomas

The first cohort of students earning a bachelor’s degree through a partnership between Cuyamaca College and Point Loma Nazarene University secured their diplomas during a Dec. 16 commencement – just 15 months after the affiliation was launched.

Graduates celebrate at PLNU's Dec. 16 commencement
            “I couldn’t be happier,” said Stephanie Iniguez, 24, a Cuyamaca College graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree from PLNU in child development. “I knew after earning my associate degree from Cuyamaca that I would continue pursuing my education, but I didn’t know exactly where I was going to go. When the Point Loma Nazarene partnership came up, the timing was perfect. The fact that you could finish in 15 months is amazing, and being able to take all of your classes either at Cuyamaca or online makes it especially convenient.”

            The PLNU program offering bachelor of arts degrees in child development and in organizational management without having to leave the Cuyamaca College campus began in the fall of 2016 and were the first baccalaureate programs ever offered from the Rancho San Diego campus. All 10 students who enrolled in the child development program when it began took part in the Dec. 16 commencement; seven of the eight who enrolled in the organizational management program earned their degree.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Trio picked for annual classified staff excellence award

Katie Cabral
Bryan Lam, center

Three classified staffers at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District were lauded Tuesday night by the Governing Board as this year’s picks for an employee excellence award.

Grossmont College International Student Specialist Bryan Lam; Cuyamaca College Admissions and Records Assistant, Senior,  Ariane Ahmadian, and District Services Research and Planning Analyst Katie Cabral were honored as the 2017 recipients of the Chancellor/Classified Senate Award. One member of the support staff from each college and district office is recognized.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bill Garrett picked as college district board president for 11th year

For the 11th year in a row, Bill Garrett was selected Tuesday night as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

Board member Edwin Hiel was elected vice president, and board member Debbie Justeson was selected to serve as clerk of the board.

Garrett, a retired El Cajon city manager, has served on the Governing Board since 2004. He was initially appointed to fill a vacant seat, then was re-elected three times by East County voters.

In September, the college district presented Garrett and his wife, Judy, with the newly-created Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award to honor their leadership on district boards and their financial support of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students. Judy Garrett served on the foundation boards for both colleges beginning in 2007, and when the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges was formed in 2011, she served for three years as its president.