Archive for May, 2011

District to honor 2,100 students in fetes this week

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)– More than 2,100 students will be receiving their degrees or certificates from East County’s two community colleges next week, capping a challenging year marked by the state’s ongoing budget crisis and launching the start of Grossmont College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Grossmont Collegewill honor 1,504 students receiving associate’s degrees and certificates of achievement Wednesday, June 1 at the 50th annual commencement at the college’s main quad. On Thursday, June 2, Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego will laud 619 students receiving their degrees and certificates at the college’s 33rd commencement at the student center quad. Both celebrations are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Both colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have had to deal with three years of state budget reductions that have led to major funding losses and the cutting back of hundreds of classes, potentially delaying students’ educational progress.

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Rutgers president to step down

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (USANN4)–The head of New Jersey’s largest higher education institution is stepping down.   The Star-Ledger reports that Richard L. McCormick will leave as president of Rutgers University next year after a decade in office.   McCormick told the paper that he is leaving on his own terms.

He said that he plans to spend a year on sabbatical, then return to the faculty.   McCormick noted as his proudest achievement the restructuring of undergraduate programs at the main New Brunswick-Piscataway campus.

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‘Scrooge’ Brown receives three ghostly community college visitations

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE—A haunting video about the possible effects of budget cuts on Grossmont College was recently created by the Media Comm. 110 class taught by Prof. Michael Grant.  In this Community College Carol,  “Scrooge” Brown receives three visitations.

Last-minute drive underway for scholarship matching funds

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – After several years as a stay-at-home mom with three young children, Vicki Watkins faced the prospect of going back to work after a marital split.

She struggled at first to make ends meet with a near-minimum-wage job as a retail clerk, and then decided with some trepidation to return to school. At Cuyamaca College, she found the support she needed – an on-campus job and financial aid, including a $1,000 Osher scholarship, made possible by donations and matching dollars from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

“I am not sure where I would be in my life right now if I wouldn’t have met such caring and encouraging people that I have met here at Cuyamaca,” said Watkins, who will be graduating in June and transferring to San Diego State University in the fall as an accounting major. “Being that I am a single mother of three children, the Osher scholarship has helped relieve some of my financial hardship that I have faced by returning to school. It has also helped bring my family closer together by having the extra money to do the little things that make my kids smile.”

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Undergraduate enrollments soared last decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Undergraduate enrollments jumped by more than a third in the first decade of the 21st century.   That’s according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics.   The federal report says the biggest growth occurred at for-profit colleges.

It was the fastest decade of growth since the 1970s.   For-profit colleges enrolled nine percent of undergraduates in 2009, up from three percent in 2000.


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And you’ll get paid, pal

SAN JOSE, California (USANN4)–Twenty-four talented college students are getting rewarded for leaving school.   Peter Thiel (pron. TEEL), a co-founder of PayPal, will pay each of the 24 winners of his Thiel Fellowship $100,000.   They get the money if they don’t attend college for two years, and instead develop business ideas.

The students, all age 20 or younger, currently attend prestigious schools such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.   They leave to work with a network of Silicon Valley mentors.   The fellows will further develop their ideas in areas such as biotechnology, education, and energy.

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Tech Mall hours for May 31, June 1-12

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following are hours of operation for the campus library and for the Learning & Technology Resources Center (the tech mall).

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

  • The Library will close at 12:00pm
  • The Tech Mall will close at 2:00pm

June 1-9, 2011

  • The Library and Tech Mall will be closed.
  • Access to Assessment on the 2nd Floor will remain open.

June 13, 2011

  • Regular Services in the Library and Tech Mall will begin.
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 6:00pm


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