Community Connections
January 2013                                                                                           Volume 4, Issue 1
The future is bright at Grossmont
and Cuyamaca colleges
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Cindy Miles     
 Dear  ,
As the spring semester begins at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, we've got lots to look forward to in 2013. We remain deeply grateful to California voters for supporting Proposition 30, which ensures that we can continue to provide a quality education and workforce training for our students and the community. 
We're also appreciative that East County voters approved Proposition V, the district's bond measure, which will allow us to improve technology, construct and renovate buildings on both campuses, and create veterans resource centers and a workforce training center. 
We have some incredibly talented students and staff at our colleges, and I urge you to visit our campuses to see them in action. I promise you won't be disappointed!   
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


'Inside the Actor's Process' at Grossmont College 
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Inside the Actor's Process: Drama 
is a production of the Grossmont College Theater Arts program and directed by Jerry Hager. Through the performance of monologues and scenes from contemporary plays, you will see how actors develop characters both emotionally and physically.



Performances are being held February 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and February 9 at 2 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theatre in Building 21 at Grossmont College. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for faculty/staff, seniors and the military; and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students.


Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour prior to all performances. Call (619) 644-7234 for more information or click here.

Blues, jazz greats to share their stories 

black history month February is Black History Month and Grossmont College's Black History Month Planning Committee has lined up multiple events, including a rare opportunity to join two celebrated musicians - the Queen of the Kansas City Blues Jeannie Cheatham and legendary jazz artist John Handy -- as they talk about their lives, careers and craft from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Griffin Gate in Grossmont College's student center.


The presentation, dubbed "Day of Giants," is free and open to the public.


Cheatham is a pianist, composer and author whose full-throated vocals and rousing barrelhouse piano led her to perform with rhythm and blues icon Big Mama Thornton for a decade, and, in the '80s, to tour with Cab Calloway. "Sweet Baby Blues," her debut album with her late husband Jimmy Cheatham on the Concord Jazz label, was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz, the French equivalent of a Grammy. The album, which includes "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On," is regarded as a blues classic.


John Handy, whose soulful and fiery saxophone style is instantly recognizable to generations of jazz fans worldwide, has performed in the world's great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Berlin Philharmonic Auditorium, and at preeminent jazz festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival. His highly acclaimed original compositions, "Spanish Lady" and "If Only We Knew, " both earned Grammy nominations for performance and composition.

Cuyamaca College hosting sustainability conference
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Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Horticulture Department is hosting its 5th Annual Sustainable Landscape Conference, "Air, Earth, Water, Fire," from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the college's Performing Arts Theater. The $90 registration fee covers the conference, a trade show, and a continental breakfast and lunch.


Jeff Fulgham, chief sales officer at Banyan Water, Inc., a San Francisco-based water management consulting firm, is the keynote speaker. A 29-year veteran in the water industry, he previously was the chief sustainability officer and Ecomagination director at GE Power and Water, where he partnered with customers, organizations, and governments to increase awareness of current water challengers and solutions, and the need to implement water reuse technologies.  Fulgham, a frequent speaker on water and power topics, notes that "green is green - doing what's right for the environment is also economically smart."


To register for the popular conference, click here or register by phone or fax. For further information, contact conference chairman Don Schultz at  or call (619) 660-4023.

Continuing Ed, Workforce Training courses now online
online learningFor those who have ever wished they had the time to take a quick course in an area of special interest, or to improve work skills to become a more valuable employee, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's Continuing Education and Workforce Training division is now offering the convenience of online classes.


The district recently joined forces with Ed2Go, an online learning solutions provider to offer classes in a wide variety of topics for career training or personal enrichment. The online classes allow students to study at home at a time that best suits their needs. These are not-for-credit, fee-based classes in which no grades are issued. Upon completing a course with a passing score, students receive a certificate of completion.


The next offering of short-term online instructor-led classes begins Feb. 20. These six-week, affordable classes - most costing $86 -- are the perfect way to learn a new skill or enhance existing ones.For a listing of classes, click

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