March 2019
Board members praised the presentation on Guided Pathways that was given by Sean Hancock, Vice Chancellor for Student and Institutional Success; Sophia Armenta, counselor and Guided Pathways coordinator at Cuyamaca College; Mary Sessom, chair of Cuyamaca College’s Business and Professional Studies Department; Shawn Hicks, Grossmont College math instructor and the co-chair of the college’s Guided Pathways program; and Courtney Williams, Grossmont College Associate Dean of Student Services and SSSP.

With Guided Pathways, students are given clear curricular pathways to employment and further education. Guided Pathways comprise four pillars: clarifying the path, entering the path, staying on the path, and ensuring learning. Both colleges have created action plans to implement the guided pathways pillars.

Board Member Debbie Justeson said the presentation highlighted the fabulous work that the colleges are doing on Guided Pathways, and she was pleased to see that the programs are growing and moving forward.
Board Member Elena Adams echoed those comments, and said the presentation demonstration that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are putting students first.

Board Member Bill Garrett said the presentation demonstrated the importance of classified professionals, because they are often the first employees who students encounter when they come to the campuses. He said he is proud that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are leading the way in Guided Pathways, ahead of state requirements to implement the program.

Board Member Brad Monroe acknowledged the hard work that is involved in developing Guided Pathways, and stressed that nothing else will make as much difference for students.

Board President Linda Cartwright said the presentation was excellent and makes her proud to be part of the District.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay attended the National Student Advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. and met with legislators to advocate with other students on topics such protecting Dream Act students.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Edwin Hernandez Armenta said he was part of a tour visiting other colleges in the area to learn how they use furniture to make better spaces for students. He also announced that he has been accepted at University of California-Riverside.
Governing Board
 Linda Cartwright
Debbie Justeson
Elena Adams
Bill Garrett
Brad Monroe

Student Trustees:
Edwin Hernandez Armenta
Kyrie Macogay

Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.

Grossmont College
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.

Cuyamaca College President
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellors
Tim Corcoran, Human Resources
Sean Hancock, Ed.D. Student & Institutional Success
Sue Rearic, Business Services
Next Meeting
The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, April 16, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate. The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.

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At its March 19, 2019 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Reviewed as a first read a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) Partnership Agreement with Helix Charter High School. This is the third CCAP agreement between the District and the high school, which has been offering dual enrollment classes for a number of years.
  • Reviewed Cuyamaca College course, certificate, and degree changes for 2019-2020.
  • Approved an addendum to the environmental impact report for Cuyamaca College, which was initially certified in 2004. The addendum updates environmental conditions at the college, including findings from a traffic study, growth study, and biological impact study.
  • Passed a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 1150, proposed legislation which would require each candidate for the Governing Board to submit at least 100 signatures in support of their candidacy.
  • Approved a resolution to update adoption of certain systems and products as District standards to reflect current technology changes and to allow for more competitive controlled bidding.
  • Approved the expenditure report under the Education Protection Account.
  • Granted authorization for Grossmont College Communications Instructor Roxane Tuscany and three to seven Grossmont College students to travel to Reno, Nevada for the National Phi Rho Pi Speech and Debate Tournament April 6-14.
  • Approved the awarding of a bid for furniture acquisition for the Science, Math and Career Tech Complex at Grossmont College, and a separate bid for furniture acquisition for the Performing and Visual Arts Center at Grossmont College. Bids are also being issued for Grossmont College move services; audio-visual for the Cuyamaca College Student and Veterans Center; and the Grossmont College orchestra shell.
  • Ratified the hiring of Alysha Adams, Child Development Assistant, Senior, Cuyamaca College; Maria Dalope, Printing Operations Assistant, Grossmont College; Samuel Green, Science Lab Technician, Cuyamaca College; Taneisha Hellon, Counselor, Grossmont College; Desmond Morento, Counselor, Grossmont College; Marilyn Tajii, Counselor, Grossmont College; Charles To, Counselor, Grossmont College; Shawn Trocke, Child Development Center Aide, Grossmont College; Catherine Webb, Senior Dean, College Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Grossmont College. A position change was approved for Lilian Ket, District Account Technician, District Services, and a non-tenure faculty contract was approved for Brian Woolsey, Counselor, Grossmont College.
  • Approved an update of the Confidential Staff Handbook and Salary Schedule.
  • Approved a Side Letter Agreement between the American Federation of Teachers Local 1931 and the District.
  • Approved the employment of tenure track faculty for 2019-2020.

  • Chancellor Cindy L. Miles recognized five District recipients of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, given by the League for Innovation in the Community College to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. The recipients are Oralee Holder, Grossmont College English Instructor; Richard Unis, Grossmont College Adjunct Sociology Instructor; Donald Jones, an instructor at the Cuyamaca College Center for Water Studies; Jennifer Fujimoto, Senior Director for Fiscal Services, District Services; and Linda Bertolucci, Senior Director, Purchasing, Contracts and Ancillary Services, District Services. 
  • Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes reported that the college received the Golden State Honey Badger Award from the California Acceleration Project for Cuyamaca’s innovative basic skills reforms. A contingent of English, ESL and math faculty was presented the award in Sacramento in March. As a result of the reforms, student placements into transfer-level math classes went from 24% to 84%, and placements into transfer-level English went from 12% to 100%. Students who completed transfer-level math went from 23% to 67%.

  • Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Tim Corcoran reported on the new career recruiting system through Workday. The online process is easier and smoother for candidates, screening committees and Human Resources. It also eliminates 45 pieces of paper that candidates must fill out, and allows successful job candidates to have their personal information already entered into Workday.