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December 2019

Officers selected for East County college district governing board
12/18/2019 - Linda Cartwright has been unanimously selected by her fellow board members for a second one-year term as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board for 2020.

Rice Family Foundation pledges $100,000 for student scholarships
12/17/2019 - Cuyamaca College is naming a classroom in the Ornamental Horticulture Complex after a longtime benefactor which recently endowed the college district’s Promise Plus program $100,000 for student scholarships.

Trio honored with Chancellor/Classified Senate awards
12/13/2019 - Three employees of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have a good reason to celebrate this season as they are lauded for their exemplary work as classified professionals.

November 2019

Register for intersession and spring classes
11/21/2019 - Whether it’s classes you want to take in a hurry over the winter break or a semester-length class, online or traditional courses, daytime or evening offerings – Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have something for everyone.

Governing Board names Lynn Neault chancellor of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
11/20/2019 - Lynn Neault, longtime Vice Chancellor of Student Services at the San Diego Community College District, is the governing board’s pick as the next chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Promise for a Lifetime event marks public launch of Promise Plus fundraiser
11/14/2019 - A December 6 celebration at Grossmont College’s new Performing and Visual Arts Center marks the end of an era for Chancellor Cindy L. Miles and the public start of a fundraising campaign to expand on her legacy of helping students succeed at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Cuyamaca College educator honored for dedication to economics, financial literacy
11/12/2019 - Cuyamaca College economics professor emeritus Anthony Zambelli has been honored by the California Council on Economic Education with its Excellence in Teaching Award, the latest in a string of recognitions Zambelli has earned during his more than four decades as an educator.

Cuyamaca College Student Center celebrating reopening
11/08/2019 - Dubbed the “Heart of the Campus” at its first opening in 2007, the Cuyamaca College Student Center is beating anew with vigor and fresh energy. A grand reopening is set for 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 14, to show off the refurbished center that will provide space to better serve students, including expanded services to veterans and career and employment guidance. The public is invited to tour the refurbished center. RSVPs are welcome at

Grossmont College has eye on Aspen Prize
11/05/2019 - The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Grossmont College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges.

Grossmont College OTA students have designs on assisting those with disabilities
11/04/2019 - What can $25 do to help make life a little easier for the physically challenged? Students in Grossmont College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program have grappled with this question for the past two months and on Nov. 7, the public is invited to the 12th annual Assistive Technology Show, where dozens of low-cost contraptions designed and built by second-year students will be demonstrated. The free event is from 6:30-9 p.m. in the first- and second-floor lounges of Building 34, the Health Science Center.

October 2019

Grossmont College Recognized as Champion of Higher Education
10/25/2019 - For the second year in a row, Grossmont College is being recognized as a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity for its work to significantly increase the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer, an associate’s degree that guarantees transfer to a California State University institution.

Two finalists selected for college district chancellorship
10/23/2019 - Two finalists have been named for the position of chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The finalists announced by the Governing Board Tuesday are Lynn Ceresino Neault, vice chancellor of Student Services at the San Diego Community College District, and David Potash, president of Wilbur Wright College, a community college on the northwest side of Chicago.

Grossmont College Respiratory Therapy Program celebrates 50 years
10/14/2019 - Neil Armstrong had become the first man to set foot on the moon just one month earlier, the minimum wage was just $1.60 per hour, and 50 years ago this fall, Grossmont College launched its renowned Respiratory Therapy program with an initial cohort of 20 students. More than 1,000 respiratory therapists have graduated from the Grossmont College program since its inception in 1969, all of whom leave the El Cajon campus with 576 hours of hands-on, clinical experience at an array of local medical centers.

BlueTech focus of Grossmont Career Week event
10/09/2019 - As Silicon Valley is to high tech, San Diego is to BlueTech. So say leaders representing the region’s maritime, ocean and water industries who will gather Friday at Grossmont College for a panel discussion and networking session focusing on what they call the blue economy.

Grossmont College Career Expo a big draw
10/07/2019 - The Grossmont College Career Expo is sliding into middle age. From recessions to boom years, one of oldest and largest community college job fairs in the county has seen it all, and with the support of the college and business communities, continues its successful run with the 41st Annual Career Expo set for Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Main Quad.. It is free and open to the public.

The Slants musician and Grossmont alum returning to campus
10/04/2019 - There’s more to the story of The Slants than meets the eye. That’s the message that former Grossmont College student Simon Tam, frontman for the Asian-American rock band The Slants, wants to convey when he returns to his academic home of 1999-2000 on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to give a reading and multi-media presentation of his memoir,” Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court.” Scheduled for 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Griffin Gate as part of the English Department’s Fall Reading Series, the event is free and open to the public.

Taxpayers group finds bond program to be transparent
10/01/2019 - Once again, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Proposition V bond program has received a perfect score for its transparency in providing information to the public.

September 2019

Grossmont College instructor gets international award for textbook
09/24/2019 - Grossmont College Counselor and Professor Dave Dillon whose open-education textbook won a national textbook excellence award in Philadelphia in June has garnered global recognition.

Top faculty at Grossmont, Cuyamaca lauded
09/23/2019 - From the cotton fields of Arizona to a boyhood spent in Uganda, the four Grossmont and Cuyamaca College instructors honored by their colleagues this fall traversed unpredictable paths leading them to the two East County colleges.

Public invited to accreditation open forums
09/10/2019 - The community is invited to attend open forums being held October 1 and 2 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to learn more about the administration of the colleges, the programs and goals of the respective schools, and to provide feedback about the needs of the community.

2019-20 ECHO Chamber Music Series at Cuyamaca College
09/06/2019 - The ECHO Chamber Music Series, now in its third year, is taking its 2019-2020 season at Cuyamaca College’s Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Theatre to new heights with 14 concerts featuring performers such as Jason Vieaux, Bach Collegium, the Dalí Quartet, and members of the San Diego Symphony and other internationally acclaimed musicians who have performed across the globe.

August 2019

Grossmont College Theatre Arts season launches
08/28/2019 - Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, the Clifford Odets classic Golden Boy and the first full-length play written by actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin – Picasso at the Lapin Agile – are among the productions set for the 2019-20 Stagehouse Theatre season at Grossmont College.

Ornamental horticulture renovation to break ground
08/12/2019 - A groundbreaking to be held Aug. 22 marks the start of a $16.7 million project that will renovate indoor and outdoor classrooms and facilities, and add new greenhouses for Cuyamaca College’s signature Ornamental Horticulture program.

National recognition for Cuyamaca College education reform
08/08/2019 - Cuyamaca College’s efforts to transform the way that students are taught math, English and English as a Second Language have been recognized by a national organization that promotes Latino success in higher education.

July 2019

Four students chosen as ambassadors for statewide wellness program
07/30/2019 - Four students from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are among 20 from community colleges across the state selected for the California Community Colleges Student Wellness Ambassador Program for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Grossmont College welcomes public to Career Academy Week
07/11/2019 - Making learning cool is what’s behind Grossmont College’s Career Academy Week, a three-day event featuring speakers, demonstrations and a new mobile lab where visitors can try their hand at virtual welding, as well as programming and flying drones.

Open registration for fall semester at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
07/10/2019 - Open registration starts July 17 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for fall semester classes beginning Aug. 19 for some 30,000 students with goals of university transfer, workforce training or expanding their knowledge.

District vacancies on Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
07/01/2019 - Civic-minded East County residents with ties to the business community or the construction industry are invited to apply for three seats on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

June 2019

Colleges secure grants to expand online career education
06/27/2019 - Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have each secured a $500,000 grant to build online career education programs to train students with the skills needed for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

2 from Grossmont receive national scholarship for LGBTQ students
06/26/2019 - Two Grossmont College students are recipients of scholarships from the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.

Another commencement for the record books
06/11/2019 - Marking another record year, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges last week awarded 5,652 degrees and certificates to 2,699 graduates, the largest graduating class in the college district’s history.

Mortarboards a feather in the cap for Grossmont grads
06/04/2019 - Commencement is a day of celebration, but for some, the pomp and circumstance is more than they can afford. For the past 15 years, longtime Grossmont College staffer Juliette Harrington has quietly paid for the caps and gowns of dozens of graduates who might otherwise not been able to participate in commencement.

May 2019

Record-setting commencements at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
05/30/2019 - Almost 2,700 graduates from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be receiving 5,752 degrees and certificates at this year’s commencements, setting a new record as the largest graduating class from the two East County colleges.

Second school district joins East County Education Alliance
05/22/2019 - The Mountain Empire Unified School District has joined the East County Education Alliance, a partnership formed five years ago to ensure a seamless educational path between high school, college and a career.

Take Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges' summer classes; you'll still have time for that summer tan
05/08/2019 - Summer’s just around the corner, which means summer session starts soon at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Mozart Sonatas May 22 conclude Cuyamaca College chamber music series
05/02/2019 - Cuyamaca College’s ECHO Chamber Music Series concludes its 2018-19 season May 22 when violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu and pianist Orion Weiss return to the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre for an evening of Mozart piano and violin sonatas.

April 2019

Grossmont College marking Asian Pacific Islander month
04/29/2019 - May marks national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Grossmont College is hosting a series of events starting with a May 1 campus mixer and continuing through May 16 with lectures, dance, food trucks and more.

Salsa Under the Stars at Grossmont College
04/19/2019 - Grossmont College’s music department scholarship fundraiser, “Salsa Under the Stars,” on April 29 is a great way to practice your best Latin dance moves while reveling in the knowledge of doing a good deed.

College district wins multiple statewide PR awards
04/17/2019 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District received six 2019 PRO Awards Thursday from the Community College Public Relations Organization, a professional development organization that seeks to promote excellence in California's community college public relations and related professions.

Coyote Music Fesitval May 4 at Cuyamaca College
04/15/2019 - Some of the region’s top young musical talents converge May 4 at Cuyamaca College when the 11th Annual Coyote Music Festival returns to the Rancho San Diego campus’s Grand Lawn.

Grossmont College 2019 Literary Arts Festival stacked with speakers, events
04/15/2019 - An April 22 panel presentation by a trio of local writers on the modern era of agent-free self-publishing, and later in the evening, student readings and performances of original work kick off Grossmont College’s 23rd annual Literary Arts Festival.

Grossmont College theater students take Shakespeare on the road
04/12/2019 - Shakespeare from the back of a ‘70s Ford pickup? Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, it’ll be theater on four wheels instead of theater in the round for Grossmont College Theatre Arts students who just began a monthlong tour in a borrowed vintage truck.

Top violinist, pianist to play at Cuyamaca College
04/08/2019 - Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss, who is among the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, team up for an evening of masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Ysaye on Friday, April 19, at Cuyamaca College’s Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre.

March 2019

Grossmont College students saving nearly $1.3M with free textbooks
03/28/2019 - Grossmont College Counselor and Professor Dave Dillon will pick up a national textbook excellence award in Philadelphia in June, but it is his passion for providing free textbooks to all students that gives him the greatest satisfaction.

Middle Eastern Culture Celebrated at Cuyamaca College Events
03/25/2019 - Middle Eastern Heritage Month comes to Cuyamaca College in April with a menu of cultural events highlighted by an all-day Syriac House Exhibition and an afternoon theatrical performance of storytelling and music reminiscent of a historic Baghdad coffee house.

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival returns to Cuyamaca College
03/12/2019 - Butterfly releases, thousands of landscape and garden plants for sale, museum tours and more are on tap when the Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival returns to the Cuyamaca College campus for its 26th year on April 27.

Faculty, staff lauded with top teaching, leadership awards
03/07/2019 - Two faculty members at Cuyamaca College and a team of professionals at Grossmont College are among the academic year’s rock stars at the two East County campuses.

Women's History Month events at Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges
03/06/2019 - In recognition of Women’s History Month, designated by Congress in 1987, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have a number of events planned that are free and open to the public.

February 2019

Five from college district earn national award for excellence
02/27/2019 - Three instructors and two managers from the East County community college district are recipients of a national award recognizing excellence in community college teaching and leadership. Cuyamaca College instructor Donald Jones, Grossmont College instructors Oralee Holder and Richard Uris, and District Services managers Linda Bertolucci and Jennifer Fujimoto were honored today at the 2019 Innovations Conference in New York City, which drew community college representatives from across the United States.

District Chancellor Cindy L. Miles announces retirement
02/14/2019 - The 10-year era of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District with Chancellor Cindy L. Miles at the helm will soon draw to a close

Cuyamaca College spring concert season features musicians of note
02/08/2019 - A wide assortment of musicians ranging from a San Diego mariachi band that has played at the Super Bowl to one of the most in-demand French hornists in the country will be performing in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

Grossmont College's drone technology program helps careers soar
02/06/2019 - With the burgeoning field of drone technology translating into exciting job opportunities, Grossmont College will offer a comprehensive training program that can transform amateurs into licensed commercial drone pilots in just three months.

January 2019

Busy month of black history events at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
01/31/2019 - Films, music, a poetry slam, and a presentation on media and society by hip-hop artist Jasiri X at Grossmont College and a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, a black history panel and a look at black women in politics at Cuyamaca College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Diversity Dialogues at Cuyamaca College
01/29/2019 - Religious intolerance, sexual discrimination and the female Latinx experience will be among the topics tackled during Cuyamaca College’s spring lineup of Diversity Dialogues, which gets under way Feb. 5 with a session focusing on Native American culture and tradition.

College district's 15-year record of spotless audits remains intact
01/23/2019 - For the 15th year in a row, independent auditors who reviewed the finances of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and its Proposition V bond funding gave the highest opinion possible of the district’s fiscal practices.

Grossmont College's Theatre Arts Launches Spring Season
01/16/2019 - The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department’s spring season gets under way Feb. 1 with the 14th annual Inside the Actors Process: Monsters, Magic, and Mischief, followed by original productions of Spring Awakening in March and Failure: A Love Story in May.

Scholarships awarded to students
01/14/2019 - Almost $118,000 in scholarships were awarded to 216 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students on Saturday in a ceremony that highlighted the struggles many of the students have overcome and the bright futures ahead of them because of their education.

Cuyamaca College Powwow set for Feb. 2
01/10/2019 - Native American tribes from throughout the West will be well represented at Cuyamaca College’s 5th Annual Powwow on Feb. 2 – a free, public event celebrating American Indian culture complete with bird singing, gourd dancing, storytelling, and more.

Women in Water Symposium to be held Jan. 17
01/01/2019 - Girls and women interested in learning about career and advancement opportunities in the water and wastewater industry are encouraged to register for the Cuyamaca College Center for Water Studies’ 2nd annual Women in Water – Exploring Career Pathways symposium on Jan. 17.

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