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Articles by Anne Krueger

Just don’t call it beginner’s luck.

Students from Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture program finished among the top of the class during the school’s inaugural foray at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition – a March 15-18 event involving some of the leading universities in the country.

A celebration of black history that includes music, dance, spoken word and theater performances takes center stage when the annual Spring Concert Series gets underway Friday, Feb. 24, at Cuyamaca College.

Some of the performances are timed so students in Cuyamaca College music courses can hear live presentations of what they’re learning in class. An April 30 concert is presented by the Early San Diego Music Society. A May 6 event, the Coyote Music Festival, is presented by students in the Music Industry Studies program and includes a several local bands.

From participating in a parade along Harbor Drive in San Diego to a barbecue courtesy of the El Cajon Elks Lodge, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities in commemoration of Veterans Week Nov. 7-10.

With about 1,500 veterans enrolled for the current semester at East County’s only public institutions of higher education, both current and past members of the armed forces are a significant and valued presence within the college communities. 

Cuyamaca College has secured a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $900,000 for an innovative new program to improve and expand training of the next generation of water industry professionals needed to operate and maintain California’s complex water supply and delivery systems.

Bob and Laura Duggan haven’t forgotten their roots.

“Both of us come from modest means and neither of us had much growing up in Brooklyn,” said Laura. “I had medical issues when I was a kid, and other people paid for my medical costs. You don’t forget things like that. Now that we’re in a position to help others, we’re not going to hesitate in paying it forward.”

Rachel Becker didn’t know anything about the Arabic language until she became close friends with two Iraqi refugees who were classmates at Cuyamaca College. Now the 21-year-old Spring Valley resident is on her way to Jordan through a fully funded, U.S. Department of State-sponsored immersion program to study the language while living with a host family over the summer.

When Barbara Sue Adkins was born, FDR was president. When Hinsseenee Regassa entered the world, Bill Clinton occupied the White House. 

Generations may separate the two, but what the octogenarian and 17-year-old have in common is they are both part of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Class of 2016. 

Grossmont College student Tina Snow Thornton is changing the world one foster youth at a time.

Two Cuyamaca College students have been named to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Team – among the most prestigious honors for community college students in the state.

SPECIAL TO THE EAST COUNTY CALIFORNIAN

Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple” and the musical farce “Lucky Stiff” are among the spring and summer productions set for Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.