Community Connections
February 2012                                                                                            Volume 2, Issue 2   
Spring ahead with Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges
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Cindy Miles on Campus
Chancellor Cindy L. Miles (left)
leads a conga line to honor an employee award winner. 

Dear (Contact First Name),
The arrival of spring is an exciting time at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges. Our almost 30,000 students returned to campus with enormous enthusiasm and enjoyed many activities and events to kick off the spring semester.

Our students know all too well that budget challenges make it more difficult for them to enroll in classes, with 95 percent of our seats filled and more students than ever on waiting lists.

Still, their thirst for education and their determination to complete their education gives all of us a burst of fresh energy and a renewed commitment to our mission to open the doors of opportunity to our students to participate in the American dream. 

Thanks to good financial planning, midyear funding reductions by the state had been anticipated by the district, which thwarted further budget cuts. We had the foresight to minimize the potential negative effect upon our students and employees. 


Our team continues to do exceptional work and our students continue to excel. I could not be more proud of their optimism and have confidence in their success. 


Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.


Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Keep learning, keep growing with Continuing Education

Freshen up your skills and learn something new by signing up for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's Continuing Education program.  


These nContinuing Education Logooncredit, ungraded classes offer affordable opportunities to pick up or update job skills or to learn about topics that have always piqued your interest. Classes are held at Cuyamaca or Grossmont Colleges and at various locations throughout East County.


Topics run across a wide range of interests and needs, including:

  • Beginning and advanced courses for attorneys and other legal professionals in TrialDirector, a specialized trial presentation software. Courses offer four hours each of continuing legal education credit .
  • Classes meeting federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements for businesses. Refresher courses are also available for businesses seeking to maintain their annual OSHA certificates.
  • Get academic and hands-on experience in solar photovoltaic installation preparing you for a career in the solar electric PV industry.
  • Have a thirst for knowledge about wines? Take a course on growing wine grapes, or a survey course on wines of the world. You'll impress people as you knowledgeably chat with your waiter about the wine list the next time you're out with friends.

Visit the Continuing Education web page for more information and a fee schedule.

Go "Inside The Actor's Process" at Grossmont College Feb. 3 & 4
Actor's ProcessThe Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department kicks off 2012 with its production "Inside The Actor's Process: Readers Theatre - The Theatre of the Imagination."   


In this unique form of oral storytelling, space and time can stretch to create fantastic worlds and marvelous journeys that soar through the imagination.


Enjoy theatrical and imaginative delights as the Grossmont touring troupe presents spirited speech from traditional and non-traditional theatre, bringing the magic of the written word to life.


This play is also being offered for free at area high schools as a community outreach. If your school is interested in having the troupe perform, please contact

Performances are scheduled on February 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on February 4 at 2 p.m.

or more information on this and other plays at Grossmont College, call (619) 644-7267 or visit the Grossmont College Theatre Arts brochure.


Build a green career at Cuyamaca College
Dan Cunniff, solar energy program

Cuyamaca College is providing a 120-hour introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.


The one-month course will be offered from May 7-June 4 at Cuyamaca College. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Seating is limited.


The Introduction to Green Building Careers is funded through the State Energy Sector Partnership, an offshoot of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will help displaced workers, the long-term unemployed, new workers, military veterans, and older youths gain the skills to compete for jobs in the expanding green economy.


Topics include basic construction principles, environmental training, energy retrofits and efficiency, water-efficient buildings and retrofits, solar, hot water and solar electric installation and design, work readiness and hands-on work experience.


A $300 stipend is provided to students who complete the program. The program goals are to prepare students to enroll in more specialized training needed to obtain jobs in construction, solar or other energy-efficient fields.


Those interested in this program must attend a mandatory orientation and complete an eligibility process. To register for the orientation, visit the Green Building Careers website or contact Camille Currier at 619-660-4574 or

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