June 2017
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Jovonda Reina

Jovonda Reina, who will give the student cmmencement speech June 8, found her home at Cuyamaca College.   
She found her home at Cuyamaca College after being shuffled around so often as a foster child that she attended three different elementary schools in the second grade alone. 

Sandra Navarro

Sandra Navarro, who will graduate June 7 from Grossmont College, had long had an interest in sewing, so when the she came across a course on costume construction while perusing through an online class catalog, it didn't take long for her to sign up.

She got more than she bargained for. Enrolling in the course set in motion a series of events leading to an associate degree from the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Technical Training Program, a costume shop fellowship with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and acceptance to San Diego State University's Theatre Arts program for a bachelor's degree in Design & Technology for Theatre.

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Grossmont, Cuyamaca Graduations June 7 and 8 Commencement

Much pride and celebration are in store as all eyes turn to commencement ceremonies June 7 at Grossmont College and June 8 at Cuyamaca College .  The two colleges will award 4,833 degrees and certificates this year, a 13% increase from last year and another record high for the college district. 

Both commencements begin at 5:30 p.m. President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh will lead the 56th annual ceremony in the Main Quad of Grossmont College, at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. 

Cuyamaca College, at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, will hold its 39th annual ceremony led by President Julianna Barnes in front of B building, the Communication Arts Center.
summerSummer Classes Begin June 12
Need extra college credits or want to learn new job skills? Check out the hundreds of classes being offered at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges this summer.

Most classes begin June 12 and are four, six or eight weeks long. Classes are just $46 a unit for California residents. Many students qualify for fee waivers, and financial aid is available.

Check out the Grossmont College summer class schedule and the Cuyamaca College summer class schedule. Enrollment links and more information is at  www.gcccd.edu/now.
chillerChill Out at the Chiller
at Grossmont College 
Wednesday, June 14, will be a day to just chill at Grossmont College, where a public celebration at 
10 a.m. will officially mark the completion of an air-conditioning plant built to more efficiently cool existing buildings on the campus, as well as new structures in the college's near future. The plant is Building 71 , adjacent to the Learning and Technology Resource Center. 

With the addition of a 2,100-ton high-efficiency chiller, three cooling towers and new technology, the plant is expected to reduce energy costs by 70 percent, officials say. The $8 million, 2,700-square-foot chiller plant marks a milestone for Proposition V, the $398 million bond measure approved by East County voters in 2012. The chiller is the first structure to be built using Prop. V funds, although numerous other projects have been completed at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, including renovations at the Cuyamaca College Exercise Science Building and track, and upgrades to the electrical system at Grossmont College.

Join the college community for a brief ceremony followed by refreshments and a tour of Grossmont College's newest building. Free parking available in Lot 1 and Lot 7. Please RSVP to Lorena Ruggero at lorena.ruggero@gcccd.edu.
basketballColleges Court Kids for
Summer Basketball Camps 

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting youth basketball camps this summer at their campus gymnasiums. The camps, each led by the coaches of the college basketball teams, emphasize the fundamentals in a positive and enthusiastic way, stressing teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, goal-setting and more.  
At Grossmont College, women's basketball coach Karen Caires heads Caires Hoops for boys and girls, ages 7-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 26 to 29, with extended hours for an additional fee. Men's basketball coach Doug Weber will offer his annual youth camp for boys and girls, grades 3-9 from 8 a.m. to noon July 31-Aug. 3. The cost to attend Caires Hoops is $175 for first-time campers, $150 for returning players; and for Coach Weber's camp, $75. All kids receive a T-shirt, contest prizes and giveaways. For information and registration, visit www.grossmontgriffins.com or contact Caires at (619) 644-7461; Weber at (619) 644-7878.

At Cuyamaca College, head basketball coach Rob Wotjkowski will direct Camp 1 for 7th-9th graders July 10-13; Camp 2 for 4th-6th graders from July 17-20; and Camp 3 for 4th-7th graders from Aug. 7-10. Camps 1 and 2 are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp 3 is from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost is $79 for Camps 1 and 2 and $140 for Camp 3. Areas covered include ball handling, dribbling moves, shooting drills, 3-3 competition, team games and shooting games. For more information, call (619) 660-4506 or email rob.wojtkowski@gcccd.edu  

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