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It wasn't too long ago that Jesus Banderas saw school as something of a nuisance. Which is why he dropped out as a 16-year-old high school junior and found full-time work at his father's landscaping business.
Then he discovered Cuyamaca College. And his life hasn't been the same since.

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Still time to register at Grossmont, Cuyamaca
Spring semester starts Monday, Jan. 30, at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, but registration is st ill open at East County's community colleges, where nearly 30,000 students are working to ward a degree, university transfer, workforce training or just increasing their knowledge.

The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for the regular semester classes ends Jan. 29, but late registration with an add code obtained from the instructor is possible until Feb. 10.

The two colleges are offering more than 2,600 class sections this spring, up nearly 10 percent from a year ago. Since last fall, the number of online and hybrid classes at both colleges has risen by an average 15 percent. For the spring semester, Grossmont College is offering 50 percent more Saturday classes than last fall, when the courses were added to provide more scheduling options for students.

Additional information on admission and registering for classes is available  online.
The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College is hosting its 3rd Annual Powwow 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in front of the Communication Arts complex, Building B. The powwow aims to promote Native American heritage, with a vari ety of activities, including Bird Singing, a native singing style of the Kumeyaay people honoring the culture and traditions  of the local tribes of this region.

Cuyamaca is an adaptation of a Kumeyaay phrase, "Ekwiiyemak," which writers have translated to mean "behind the clouds," "above rain," and "the place where the rain comes from heavens."  No matter the translation, Cuyamaca College's ties to the Native American community and culture are strong, with its location on once indigenous land and its close proximity to many reservations.

The powwow will include arts and craft vendors, food vendors, drums, native dances and more. Admission and parking will be free. Contact Maria Gearhart at (619) 660-4419 or
maria.gearhart@gcccd.edu for more information.   

New beginnings at the East County Career Expo

The East County Career Expo sponsored by Cuyamaca College and the East County Career Center is set for 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Cuyamaca College Student Center. 

Open to the public and free for all job-seekers, attendees should come with resumes and ready to make a great first impression.The Career Services office is providing a free workshop on navigating the Career Expo from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Career Center in the Student Services One-Stop Center in the Building A.

For more information, call (619) 660-4436 or email Cuyamaca.career@gcccd.edu

Working out the process on Grossmont College stage

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents "Inside the Actor's Process: Ensemble," which opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Bldg. 21, Room 247. Directed by Jerry Hager, the production illustrates how storylines are developed in an ensemble cast. The production aims to show audiences the rewards and challenges of ensemble theater from inside out. Additional performances are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office, online at www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure or by calling (619) 644-7234.

Musical artist and activist Jasiri X is a featured speaker at Grossmont College's Black History Month commemoration.
Public Invited to attend colleges' Black History Month events

Music, art, a poetry slam, and a discussion on black activism at Grossmont College and a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, a panel of young Africa n-American professionals, and a presentation on institutional slavery at Cuyamaca College are among February's Black History Month events.

A rich selection of events are being offered at both colleges to honor the traditions, legacies and movements of African-Americans.

Highlighting Grossmont College events are a trio of African-American notables who have made their marks in today's world: musical artist and activist Jasiri X, animator Tony Washingto n, and Marlin Briscoe, the NFL's first African-American starting quarterback.
Cuyamaca College will feature a discussion on the incarceration of African-American males and a performance by the National Pan-Hellenic Step Show.
'Lucid Dreaming' opens at Grossmont's Hyde Gallery 
Grossmont College's Hyde Art Gallery opens the spring semester with "Lucid Dreaming," featuring the works of Alexia Markarian, Barbara Sexton and a selection of works by early 20th century masters, as well as pieces from the San Diego Mesa College African Art collection, starting Jan. 30 in Building 25.
The exhibit continues through Feb. 28.  

Markarian is a local artist who works in a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media. Sexton is a social-political artist whose practice spans a broad range of disciplines including installations, drawings, photography, digital media, sound, sculpture and technology.
"Relationships can be drawn between any artwork and other historical periods and styles and the thought behind 'Lucid Dreaming' was to create a conversation between the past and the present," said Kraig Cavanaugh, guest curator and art history professor at San Diego Mesa College.
"Lucid Dreaming" will include important works by such artists as Hans Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray and many others side by side with African artworks and those by Markarian and Sexton - displayed without any hierarchy.

An exhibition reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.15, with a live performance by jazz guitarist Jeff Hofmockel and refreshments. Admission is always free and the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact gallery director, Alex DeCosta at (619) 644-7299 or 
The Gallery's daily hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Fridays by appointment only. The gallery is closed Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays. Visitors are required to purchase a $2 one-day parking permit at a vending machine located in any parking lot.  For the evening of the opening reception parking passes will be complimentary. To obtain a pass, enter code 1671 into any machine.

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