May 2015                                       
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studentStudent success:

Evelyn Gutierrez


Evelyn Gutierrez always excelled in her studies. When the single mother of an 8-year-old girl decided she needed something better in life than a series of low-paying jobs, going back to school was an obvious choice. 

 She opted for Cuyamaca College.
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College district, high school Governing Boards to hold  joint meeting May 19

The new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, will be the topic of discussion at the first joint meeting of the two districts' Governing Boards to be held Tuesday, 

May 19.


The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Student Center. Representatives from the high schools and colleges will be reporting on their efforts to better prepare students for college and a career through increased partnerships.


The public is encouraged to attend to hear about the important work that is being done through the Alliance. Read more


  Dive into summer school classes
at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
More than 350 classes are being offered this summer at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Summer is the perfect time to rack up a few extra credits or pick up a high-demand class that might be tough to get into at other colleges or universities.
Both colleges are offering six- and eight-week sessions, with classes beginning June 8 or June 22.
Summer session class schedules and information about enrollment at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is available at
Coyote Music Festival always a howling good time at Cuyamaca College
Six homegrown bands playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, pop and rock will perform on two stages on the grand lawn of Cuyamaca College at the Coyote Music Festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Now in its seventh year, the entirely student-run festival will provide the community a free afternoon of live music  by local talent in a family-friendly venue, where picnic blankets and lawn chairs are the best seats in the house. 

For students enrolled in Music Industry Studies, the festival represents a term project, the culmination of a semester's work learning every aspect of putting on a big music event. Cuyamaca College is one of the few schools locally offering the transfer degree program that focuses on the practical aspects of developing careers in the music industry.


Along with the music, vendors selling jewelry, kettle corn and more will be a part of the festival. The Coyote Music Fest website has more information and a complete list of bands. 


'Piano Lesson' to be performed at Grossmont College theater 


The Grossmont College Theatre Arts program presents "The Piano Lesson, " written by August Wilson and directed by Beth Duggan at the Stagehouse Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 and May 14-16, with 2 p.m. matinee performances May 9 and 16.


In the 1930s, an African American family in Pittsburgh struggles with reconciling the past and the future while making sense of their family legacy. Boy Willy has a plan to purchase the land upon which his family once toiled as slaves, but his sister Bernice is opposed to the idea since it requires selling a family heirloom - a piano - upon which is carved their family history.


The prospect of a more secure future runs up against ghosts of the past in this modern American classic. A moving and thoughtful drama, "The Piano Lesson" provokes the question of what, ultimately, is the price of freedom and a fresh start?


Tickets are available at the Stagehouse Box Office (619) 644-7234 and online at 


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College District Educating Business


Did you know that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College DIstrict offers Corporate Training Services to local businesses? We bring educational resources to companies and repackage them for corporate settings.
The District has trained employees at UTC Aerospace and Layfield Environmental Group in health and safety topics, as well as educating some of the staff on the Grossmont College campus in teamwork and communication skills.
For more information about corporate training services and how the college district can serve your business needs, contact Erin Roberts Hall at (619) 668-1727 or

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