News of note

Here's the latest news from San Diego and Imperial County community colleges during the month of  August.
San Diego County Community Colleges
Thousands of community college students in the north and east areas of San Diego County began the fall semester Aug. 17, and even more will be headed to class in other areas next week. 
Nine San Diego County community college alumni who have made it to the top of their fields will be recognized at a Sept. 17 event that celebrates language, literacy and education.
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Julianna Barnes, vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, has been named president of Cuyamaca College, effective Oct. 5.  
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is using an anticipated $20 million boost to its general fund to provide students with more assessments, counseling and educational opportunities. 
Imperial Valley College
Imperial Valley College is opening a resource center for veterans and active-duty military. The Military and Veterans Success Center has been funded by the Student Success Act. 
MiraCosta College
Kinesiology Instructor Dr. Robert Fulbright won his second chun kuk do title at July's Chun Kuk Do World Championship competition, presented by the United Fighting Arts Federation in Las Vegas.
The Off Track Gallery in Encinitas invites the public to a reception from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 30 for two featured artists: Marilyn Shayegan, watercolors, and Jennifer Richards, oils.
Palomar College
Maylin Caldwell left Palomar College last year with an associate degree in science and a $7,500 scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society that promotes scholarship at two-year universities.  
From polka dots to paisley, young Carmel Valley designer Julie Freed is hoping to make her imprint on the bikini business. Freed, 22, is running a growing J.KINIS Swimwear shop on Etsy while she wraps up a degree in fashion design at Palomar College.
 San Diego Community College District

 San Diego Community College District chancellor speaks to KUSI News

Constance Carroll speaks to KUSI about Mesa's four-year degree program, increase in classes, and the Fall 2015 semester.


San Diego City College
A new agreement with Point Loma Nazarene University will allow nursing students graduating from San Diego City College to earn a bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University within 15 months without having to leave the City College campus.
San Diego Mesa College
About 200 new students are getting a head start on the fall semester as part of a $2.62 million federal grant designed to help Latino students succeed.
San Diego Miramar College
Fred Garces, a chemistry professor at San Diego Miramar College, told NBC 7 that two of the chemicals that were dumped can create a dangerous chlorine gas when mixed and diluted with water.
San Diego Continuing Education
With a doctorate in education policy and administration, a background as a classroom teach and experience working with certificate programs, Carlos Turner Cortez seems a natural fit in his new job as head of Continuing Education in the San Diego Community College District.
Southwestern College
Southwestern College Superintendent/President Melinda Nish discusses school safety and a four-year degree partnership at the college during a KUSI TV interview.
Construction developments at the South Bay's only public institution of higher education will change the face of Southwestern College.