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Faculty member urges ‘study abroad’ programs for Grossmont and Cuyamaca students

By Barbara Boyd

CUYAMACA COLLEGE–Dr. Lyn Neylon, a professor of English and English as a Second Language at Grossmont’s sister-school, Cuyamaca College, has requested a sabbatical leave to create an office that could facilitate study aborad at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

In her application for the sabbatical, Neylon said she wanted to create a “self-sustaining International Studies and Programs Office at the district level that would assist students and faculty at both colleges in participating in study abroad; enhance relationships with international institutions of higher education for student/faculty exchange, international student recruitment, and global curriculum/program development; and to research possible funding streams to both support the International Studies and Programs Office as well as assist students financially, so they can participate in international programs.”

Neylon asserted that  study abroad “engenders greater comprehension and retention” for languages and culture.

Her proposal is now being reviewed by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.


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District plans forum Sept. 22 on master plan

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) –The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is in the midst of a yearlong effort to craft its educational master plan and wants to hear from the public it serves.

A community forum is set for7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in room I-207 of the Cuyamaca College Student Center to provide the public an opportunity to contribute to the long-range blueprint for the future of Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, which together
serve almost 30,000 students each year. The topics and ideas that crop up during the discussion will help shape the future of higher education in the East County in the next 15 to 20 years.

“The educational master plan will help set priorities and will guide decisions about growth, development and the allocation of resources,” said Cindy L. Miles, district chancellor. “We are especially eager to hear from the business community — learning what jobs and skills employers anticipate needing is critical to our meeting community needs. What are the workforce needs and emerging occupations that we should be training people for?”

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Student finishes most of his upper-division studies…here at Grossmont College?

By Dylan Burke

Kyle Seaman

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—After attending Grossmont College for six semesters, Kyle James Seaman is starting yet another year of undergraduate studies, this time at Cuyamaca College, even though he has finished all his required courses for an associate of arts degree.

Seaman graduated from Santana High School in 2008. Afterwards, many of his peers recommended that he go to a community college, like Grossmont, because the plan, according to them, would save money, and would be an easier way to later move on to a four-year institution.

After completing most of his general education courses in 2010, he decided to major in mechanical engineering, but all of his desired schools—San Diego State University and Long Beach State, among others—denied him admission.

So, Seaman studied for yet another year at Grossmont, and has since completed all of his general education requirements, and has even completed more courses in his major.

Confused by the rejection, he talked with several counselors and was told that only ten percent of applicants were accepted: “6,000 applications were sent and only 600 applicants were accepted to San Diego State [University].” Further, Seaman said, “Another 4,000 applications were sent to Long Beach and only about 400 were accepted.”

The following year, he had a counselor check for him why he wasn’t able to transfer to San Diego State University.

After years of being told that to transfer to colleges was a relatively easy thing to do, he learned that he had completed only 50% of his major, and, with that completion-rate, he could not transfer to a University for an “impacted” major.  So he decided to take more courses in is major.

Regardless of his current situation, Seamamn said he maintains the motivation to do well in school that he received from his parents when he was a kid. Among his goals is to land a high paying job.

Seaman is currently employed with Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and has served with the lifeguards at the YMCA program in Santee where he lives.

He said he  hopes to be admitted to San Diego State University soon and graduate shortly thereafter as he has finished the majority of his major right here at Grossmont College. His recommendation to new students at Grossmont is this: “find a good counselor, one you prefer, and stick with that person through your time in college.”

Burke is a student in MediaComm 132; contact him at

Cuyamaca hosts job fair

Job Fair at Cuyamaca College (Photo: Lily Prado, San Diego Memories)

By Christina Torres

CUYAMACA COLLEGE — Local jobs are available no matter what bad news you have heard about the economy.

That was evident on Friday, August 26, at a job fair held  at the Student Learning Center here.

Among a room full of potential employers were a variety of private companies and public agencies including the Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, H & R Block, KFMB Television,  Pre-Paid Legal Services, and Sea World

Some exhibitors tried harder than others to attract attendees to their tables.  For example, H&R Block recruiters were all dressed in green, the table-cloth was green, and so were two table lamps.   Sea World relied on big signs featuring a jumping Shamu, and lured potential applicants with candy and small toys.  Border Patrol had two physically fit–okay, “macho” — agents serving as recruiters.

Students who were unable to attend the fair need not overly concern themselves.  Most of the exhibitors directed potential applicants to their websites to learn more.

Torres is a student in Media Comm 132; contact her at

Grossmont and Cuyamaca foundations combine

By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–This college offers many programs to help students with finances, through the Financial Aid office.  Helping to raise the money for this purpose is the recently combined Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Before the combined operation was founded, the two colleges had their own foundations.

Now, Ernest Ewin, Grossmont Alumnus of ’69, directs fundraising for the joint foundation on both campuses.  When asked about the reasoning behind combining the two foundations, Ewin replied that it is simpler and more cost-effective than having separate fundraising arms for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Ewin, who also serves as a La Mesa City Councilman, works with individual donors and with  various donor foundations, including the Bernard Osher Foundation, which provides $1,000 scholarships for deserving students.  Grossmont has raised $580,000 and the Osher Foundation contributed $290,000 (a 50 percent match) to establish 56 Osher scholarships.

The Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges’ goal is to raise over $1 million each year to continue helping students who have financial need and for other campus programs.

For more information, interested parties can visit the Foundation online.


Jeitler is a Media Comm 199 student; contact him at

You’re invited: Congressman hosts job fair Aug. 26 at Cuyamaca College

Shakespeare camp on tap for kids at Cuyamaca College

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – Convincing kids to spend a month of their summer vacation concentrating on Shakespeare may seem like a tough sale, but not so when the learning involves art, music, dramatic poetry and fun activities designed to develop an early appreciation for the English bard.

And it doesn’t hurt if the instructor is everyone’s favorite English teacher, as described by online reviews on “Rate My Teacher.”

The Shakespeare Festival Project is part of College for Kids, a summer enrichment program for children ages 8 to 14 offered by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program. Besides Shakespeare, College for Kids is offering a series of weeklong summer day camps at Cuyamaca College featuring a wide variety of workshops in art, dance, fitness, science, media and more to help kids ward off the summer doldrums.

The Shakespeare Festival Project begins with an overview of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era and a finale featuring either a selection of scenes, or a deconstructed version of a play. The children spend the rest of the time preparing for their performances – researching roles, memorizing parts, making scenery and props, and rehearsing. It’s led by William Roemmich and Gillian Jones, both eighth-grade English teachers who previously taught a popular summer school class in Shakespeare at Hillsdale Middle School in Rancho San Diego.

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