October 2015                                       
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Tommie Post was raised to believe that going to college and earning a degree was critical for success in life. She hasn't been disappointed. The Cuyamaca College student is on track to earn an associate of science degree and transferring to San Diego State University en route to becoming an environmental engineer. Read more.

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Scholarship program to offer a year of free community college 
A new scholarship has been announced that will
provide a free year of schooling at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College for all graduates of Grossmont Union High School District schools who meet   specific requirements. Beginning with the class of 2019, GUHSD grads who meet the requirements will receive a fee-free year of college, a free laptop, and free counseling and tutoring services.
The scholarship - the first of its kind in the county -- is being offered through the East County Education Alliance, a collaboration between the high school and college districts. Students who qualify for the scholarship will be able to take up to 30 units of college coursework without paying a fee, normally $46 a credit unit. Find out more at
'Streetcar Named Desire' launches  new theatrical season 
The 2015-16 Grossmont College Theatre Arts season featuring student cast members and crew opens Thursday, Oct. 1 with "A Streetcar Named Desire," one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.

The play by Tennessee Williams is an unflinching look at post-World War II America reflected in the crumbling fantasy world of a wistful Southern belle. With her checkered past, Blanche DuBois comes to stay with her sister and brother-in-law in a working-class neighborhood of New Orleans and tensions quickly escalate.

Directed by Theatre Arts instructor Stephen Schmitz, "A Streetcar Named Desire," takes the Stagehouse Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3 and 8-10, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10.
Tickets on sale now. Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. 
 A birthday tribute to John Lennon at Cuyamaca College    
 Directed by Anne-Marie Dicce, the Cuyamaca College Choir is presenting a tribute to John Lennon on what would have been his 75th birthday. 

As part of the college's fall 2015 Concert Series, the Lennon tribute featuring arrangements of several of his songs, both for a large choir and smaller ensembles, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Cuyamaca College Theater at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego.
Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students. Call (619) 660-4288 for further information.
Thousands expected for 'Got Plans?' at Grossmont College
The East County Eduation Alliance, a partnership of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont Union High School District, presents "Got Plans?" on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Grossmont College.
This is the largest college and career fair in the East County. Various colleges, universities, and employment agencies will be providing vital information, presentations, and workshops on higher education and potential career and job opportunities.

 "Got Plans?" is an excellent opportunity for local high school students to gain useful information about their prospective paths for the future.  Last year, over 4,000 people attended this popular event.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, and free parking is available. For more information, go to
Career Week at Grossmont College

Career Week comes to Grossmont College Oct. 12-15 and features the following:

* Monday, Oct. 12, free job-prep clinics on resume and cover letters, interview skills and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Career Center in Building 60, Room 140.
* Tuesday, Oct. 13, Career Week Workshops, "What Can I Do with a Major In...?," (Earth sciences, math, media communication, and music) 10 a.m.-noon, and 1-3 p.m. (automotive and Business Office Technology)
* Wednesday, Oct. 14, 37th Annual Career Expo, one of the oldest college-sponsored job fairs in the county, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Main Quad
* Thursday, Oct. 15, Career Week Open House with board games, career and job information, prizes, Road Trip Nation, refreshments and more fromm10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All events are free and open to the community. For more information, Cal Nancy Davis (619) 644-7614 or Pamela Benge (619) 644-7611 or go online for student employment services.
Free HR workshop focuses on millennial workforce
The Employee Training Institute, the corporate training division of the region's community colleges, including Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in the East County, is offering "Retaining and Managing the Millennial Generation," a free workshop for HR professionals and business managers, from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Corporate Education Center on the San Diego City College campus.

The workshop, the first of a series launched for 2015-16 to promote corporate training services available through the region's community colleges, is designed for managers to learn how to maximize the strengths and contributions of millennials, and to learn how HR practices can be updated to best suit a multi-generational workforce. Millennials now make up the majority of the workforce and while they bring fresh new skills and aptitudes to companies, they also present distinct HR and management challenges.

The workshop, which will be preceded by a 7:30-8 a.m. breakfast, will be led by Jennifer Hamilton who has taught and trained professionals as an instructor for the California Department of Education, DeVry University's Becker CPA Review, and Grossmont College. As CEO of the Institute for Mastering Success, she specializes in training managers and staff in professional and technical fields.

The Corporate Education Center is at 1551 C Street, San Diego CA 92101, Building # MS-162. 
Online registration for this workshop is available. Call 619-388-1250 for further information.

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