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Grossmont, Cuyamaca construction lauded

EL CAJON (Press Release) –  A report issued by the citizens’ committee overseeing construction at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges illustrates some of the dramatic changes that have taken place on the two East County campuses as the result of the $207 million construction project.

A new Health and Sciences Complex opened at Grossmont College in September, while the Business and Technology Building was completed in time for the spring 2010 semester. Work was finished on an expansion of the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center, and the only project remaining is a $36 million expansion and renovation of the Grossmont College student center and administration building.

Those projects were highlighted in the annual report of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, a group of 11 residents charged with monitoring bond funds approved by East County voters with the passage of Proposition R in November 2002. The oversight committee reviews and reports on district spending of construction monies and provides a public accounting of the district’s compliance with legal requirements.

“When you look at how the building programs of other college districts have been portrayed, I’m proud of everything the citizens’ oversight committee has done to ensure accountability in how construction funds for our projects has been spent,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

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Health-science complex surprisingly high-tech

Ribbon-cutting photo

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – An impressive array of demonstrations of everything from high-tech mannequins filling in as faux patients to a mock crime scene replete with a murder “victim” slumped over a living room sofa capped the grand opening Friday, Sept. 17, of Grossmont College’s new health and sciences complex, almost two years to the day after a groundbreaking ceremony at what was then little more than a large dirt lot.

“I absolutely love this building,” Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke said. “The mixing of education, simulation, training, exploration, research, hands-on learning and technology-intensive experiences is unlike that found in any other building on this campus.”

The lifelike mannequins that are programmed to respond as patients to the prodding of nursing students is but one feature of the facility chockfull of learning labs, each lending its own twist to real-world  instruction. A casting room for the orthopedic technology program. A mock apartment for students in the occupational therapy assistant program.   A blood-spatter room for forensic technology students to analyze blood drops. A laser photography room for bullet trajectory analysis.  A rooftop deck for astronomy students and star-gazers.  Simulated ICU patient stations with ventilators to train respiratory therapy students. Sound booths and a therapy room simulating a clinical setting for students seeking careers as speech-language pathology assistants.

These are among the multiple learning labs inside the $35 million complex, the last completely new building at Grossmont College to be constructed with funds from the 2002 passage of Proposition R, the $207 million facilities bond measure, and state bonds.

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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.