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Grossmont may eliminate another 212 class sections from Spring semester schedule

EL CAJON (Press Release)– The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District approved a $179 million budget for 2011-2012 that anticipates a $6.3 million cut in state funding this year.

The spending plan passed by the governing board Tuesday night, Sept. 13,  projects that 600 class sections will have been eliminated this year by the district’s two colleges, 398 by Grossmont College in El Cajon and 202 by Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.

Over summer and the current fall semester, Grossmont cut a total of 186 class sections, leaving another 212 class sections that are expected to be eliminated in spring, unless there is an economic turnaround.

The class section cuts – part of a state-mandated “workload reduction” — mean that about 2,300 students will be turned away this year at the two colleges. The district has already cut 1,000 class sections over the past two years because of reductions in state funding.

“I’m deeply, deeply troubled that we have been forced to turn away so many students in need of our services,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “Now is the time that the state should be investing in higher education and workforce training. To return this state to its past luster, to improve a flagging economy, it is absolutely critical for community colleges to once again fulfill their mission of providing open access to affordable, quality education.”

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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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Academic Senate discusses upcoming class cuts

By Angela Streeper

Angela Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Every student has heard the rumors: “Grossmont is cutting classes; the school is over budget, and several students are not getting the classes they need to graduate.”  Although these are just ‘rumors’, they are not exactly untrue. 

What is Grossmont planning to cut? Is your class in danger? Though specifics have not been stated, at the Academic Senate meeting held last Monday some ideas were given. “All in all, we are expecting to cut about 3% across all departments,” said Tim Flood, the VP of facilities. 

Since last year, Grossmont has cut hundreds of classes from its schedule. 

Like many colleges in the state, Grossmont is struggling with a budget crisis. Currently, the school is over capacity by 961 students.  This means there are currently 961 people for which there are no funds. 

“Though we are looking at many different scenarios, they range from bad to worse,” said Flood. 

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Two new faces elected to college district board

By William Dudley

EL CAJON–The Republican wave sweeping over the United States in last Tuesday’s elections did not reach the Grossmont-Cuyamaca  Community College District Board. Voters elected Deborah Justeson and Edwin Hiel to the GCCCD Board of Governors, rejecting two Republican-endorsed candidates in the process.

Hiel was elected to Seat 1 with 52.19% of the vote, defeating Leland R. Ping and Ryan Lee Baker. He will take Seat 1 being vacated by Deanna Weeks.

Justeson won Seat 2 with 55.83% of the vote over Orrin Kole, and will replace Rick Alexander on the Board of Governors.

Incumbent Gregg Barr ran unopposed for Seat 3.

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The kind of cuts we like on campus!



GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — Deanna Weeks, vice chairman of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Cuyamaca Community College District, cut the ribbon Friday, Sept. 17 at the new health sciences complex on the Grossmont campus.

The ribbon cutting lineup, from left included:  Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Charles Taylor;  Governing Board Trustee Greg Barr; Chancellor Cindy L. Miles;  Ron Asbury (in dark eye-glasses) who is serving as chair of the Prop. “R” Citizens Bond Oversight Committee; Vice Chairman Weeks;  Grossmont College President Dr. Sunny Cooke, Governing Board Trustee Rick Alexander; Grossmont College Student Trustee Christopher Enders (wearing hat); Governing Board Trustee Mary Kay Rosinski;  Dale Switzer, District Senior Director of Facilities Planning, Development and Maintenance; and Sue Rearic, Vice Chancellor, Business Services.

Preceding provided by Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.  Photo by Stephen Harvey.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District adopts $201.97 million annual budget

By William Dudley

William Dudley

CUYAMACA COLLEGE — A divided governing board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District approved this fiscal year’s budget  of $201.97 million at its Sept. 14 meeting held at the Cuyamaca College Student Center.

Board member Rick Alexander voted against the budget recommended by Chancellor Cindy L. Miles. Approving the budget were Board President Bill Garrett and members Greg Barr, Deanna Weeks,  and Mary Kay Rosinski.

The unrestricted general fund accounts for $108.24 million, or 54% of the total district budget. Grossmont College will receive $62 million of those unrestricted funds. Special funds designated for specific purposes account for $21.6 million (9.35%), while capital outlay funds (for new buildings and campus improvements) account for $60.6 million (33.3%). The remaining 5% is dedicated to health insurance, the bookstore, child development centers, student center funds, and other supplemental purposes.

The budget process has been complicated by the state legislature’s continuing failure to adopt its own budget by California’s self-imposed July 1 deadline; the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District gets 94% of its general  funding from Sacramento.

The budget also reflects a $15 billion “structural deficit,” according to Chancellor Miles. “What this means is that our anticipated revenue is $15 million less than what we need for our operations,” Miles explained in a memorandum to district employees and stakeholders.  Continue reading