Community Connections
Fall 2012                                                                                           Volume 3, Issue 4

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   I am so moved and grateful to see the wonderful support that East County has provided for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges by approving Proposition V, the college district's $398 million bond measure. I wish I could personally thank each of the more than 86,000 voters who cast their ballots in favor of Prop. V, but I want you to know that we at the college district deeply appreciate your confidence and trust in us.
I was also pleased to see that California voters approved the passage of Prop. 30, the statewide tax measure that will avert massive cuts to higher education. With the passage of Prop. 30, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be able to add almost 280 classes for the spring and summer sessions. After four years of state budget cuts, Prop. 30 doesn't solve all of our problems, but it will allow us to move forward in providing a quality education instead of being forced to eliminate even more classes.
This is an exciting time at the college district as we work to make the projects of Prop. V a reality. We are incredibly proud to be a part of East County, and I'll keep you updated on all of the wonderful things happening at our campuses.
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Sustainability Symposium and green vendor fair at Cuyamaca College

Cuyamaca College is hosting a sustainability sustainability symposium symposium and green vendor fair from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the performing arts theater.

Topics include:

  • Emerging trends in the green economy
  • Sustainable building 
  • Electric vehicle information, infrastructure
  • Water issues and needs

Speakers include Phillip Jordan, vice president of BW Research Partnership, who conducts economic and workforce studies relating to clean energy, biotechnology, information technology, and other sectors. Jordan is regarded as one of the nation's leading clean economy researchers, and has special expertise in analyzing the impacts of policies, financing, and skilled labor on emerging firms and sub-sectors.


Admission is $35 for the public, $5 for students, and includes parking, a continental breakfast and lunch. For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, call (619) 660-4574. For more information or to register, click here 


Grossmont Symphony Orchestra  

presents holiday favorite 


The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale joins the San Diego Ballet in performing San Diego's favorite family holiday tradition, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.2, at the beautifully restored Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. in San Diego.


The joint production's return engagement at the historic, 725-seat proscenium theater has been described by critics as charming, witty, magical and the best choreographed production in San Diego. Come enjoy the magical journey of a little gir's imagination into the land of the sweets, with swirling snowflakes, leaping Cossacks, and the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy - a sure family treat.


Admission is $55 for premium seating; $45 for general seating, and $25 for student seating. Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students with student ID get a special rate of $20. For tickets, call the theater box office at (619) 239-8836. For more information, go to or 


Winter Wonder Jam rock  
concert at Cuyamaca College
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The Third Annual Winter Wonder Jam, an all-ages, holiday-themed rock show, takes the stage 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre.


Presented by the Cuyamaca College Music Industry Program, the holiday bash includes food, refreshments, and performances by talented San Diego-based bands and singer-songwriters. The event features a mix of musical styles including hard rock, punk, indie, acoustic, and alternative. The scheduled performers are Real Things Are Good, A Mayfield Affair, Spero, Josh Damigo, and Trailerpark Rockstar. The bands will be selling CDs, shirts and other merchandise in the theater lobby.


Admission is either $5, a new unwrapped toy, or three cans of food. Representatives from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation will be collecting the toys.

Music Industry Studies is a transfer degree program that focuses on all aspects of developing a career in the music industry, combining instruction in music, technology, and business. Students enrolled in the program's Music Industry Seminar have been putting on the Winter Wonder Jam for the last three years. For more information, 
call (619) 660-4322 or go to 

'My Three Angels' play to be shown  
at Grossmont College Nov. 29-Dec. 8
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My Three Angels, a play by Sam and Bella Spewack, will be shown beginning Nov. 29 and continuing through Dec. 7 at Grossmont College.


In French Guiana at the turn of the 20th century, three convicts on work release find themselves helping the Ducotel family with more than their roof maintenance. With an evil-minded cousin trying to take over the family business and a cold-blooded nephew set on jilting his fiancÚ for an heiress, the family is in need of some divine intervention. The criminals with hearts of gold step in to set matters right and, in doing so, they redeem themselves as real-life angels.


The play will be shown Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and on Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. The box office opens two weeks prior to every production. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour prior to all performances. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students. Call 619-644-7234 for further information.

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