Archive for July, 2015


Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges begin fall semester with more classes, students

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The new semester begins Aug. 17 for more than 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with the continuing trend of additional class offerings and higher enrollment at the two East County colleges.

The two colleges are offering more than 2,400 class sections this year, almost 5 percent more than last fall. Enrollment at Grossmont is expected at about 19,000 students, up 4 percent from 2014, while enrollment at Cuyamaca College is projected at about 9,200 students, a 5 percent increase.

Students still have the opportunity to register for fall classes, with the colleges continuing online registration through Aug. 16. Schedules and registration links are available at

“We are continuing to recover from the recession with increased funding and we are looking forward to a great year as we keep focused on improving student success,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Among Grossmont College’s offerings this fall are three new associate degrees for transfer in economics, English and Spanish, bringing to 17 the total number of transfer degrees that provide community college students guaranteed admission in the California State University system. Cuyamaca College offers the associate degrees for transfer in 16 majors, including Spanish, added for the fall semester.

Grossmont College is starting the semester with a new president, Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, formerly president of West Los Angeles College. He started at the El Cajon college in July.  At Cuyamaca College, Wei Zhou is serving as interim president, with the announcement of a new president expected this fall.

Physical improvements will be evident, with resurfaced parking lots and road repairs and at both campuses. At Grossmont College, new drought-tolerant landscaping with fruitless olive trees and rocks along the perimeter road will reduce water use and maintenance costs. At Cuyamaca College, a new weight facility was added for body building and conditioning classes.

To welcome new and returning students, both colleges have several activities planned for the first week of classes. Grossmont’s Week of Welcome – WOW – features workshops and information booths highlighting programs and an All-campus Information and Activity Fair in the Main Quad. Cuyamaca’s Welcome Week will include information tables; a Health and Wellness Center resource fair; a meet-and-greet and free lunch for student veterans; an open house of the Student Services One-stop Center; Ping-Pong, Wii games, pizza and ice cream sundaes with student government members; a Student Organization Involvement Fair; and a workshop on preventing relationship violence.

 Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon; Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information about the college district, go to

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Applications Now Being Accepted For The Heartland Fire & Rescue Reserve Firefighter Academy

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Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving the Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, is currently accepting applications for the reserve portion of the Heartland Fire Academy through August 7, 2015. Applications will be accepted between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 100 E. Lexington Avenue in El Cajon.

A reserve firefighter is an auxiliary position with the Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Department. It’s an excellent opportunity for those interested in a fire service career to get invaluable hands-on experience while also giving back to the community. Participation as a reserve neither implies nor guarantees an offer of employment with the Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Department; however, it is a valuable resume builder toward a firefighting career!Avitar

After successful completion of the reserve academy, the reserve firefighter is expected to continue personal growth through required monthly training classes, training assignments and ride-along experience. During the ride-along shift, reserves will be assigned as part of an engine company or paramedic unit and experience first-hand, firefighting, medical aids, rescue calls and other public service activities. Reserve firefighters also gain experience through participation in fire prevention and fire education programs.

For additional information, such as minimum requirements, visit and click on “Jobs.” Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to these websites frequently for updated information.

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