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Articles by Anne Krueger

Can college really be free?

It can for East County high school students under a new scholarship program announced today in which all qualifying graduates of Grossmont Union High School District schools will be offered a free year of classes at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College. 

The scholarships, known as the Higher Edge, will first be offered to Class of 2019 graduates within the Grossmont Union High School District. 

Julianna M. Barnes, vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, has been selected to serve as president of Cuyamaca College effective Oct. 5.

Barnes was selected following a nationwide search, and was one of three finalists invited to participate in public forums at the Rancho San Diego campus. She emerged as the top choice for president following interviews with district leaders and the Governing Board.

New tennis courts are opening at Grossmont College, featuring a design that is expected to prevent cracks, last longer, and have reduced maintenance costs.

The 10 new tennis courts on the Grossmont College campus replace courts installed in 1967. The courts suffered from frequent cracks and drainage issues that limited their usefulness and required repeated repairs.

Both came to Cuyamaca College after long careers in other fields. Both have become invaluable, behind-the-scenes employees who are making sure that operations at the 9,000-student East County campus run smoothly.

And both Michael Erickson and Corina Trevino have been honored with the Cuyamaca Way Award, which honors students, faculty or staff who best exemplifies the values of Cuyamaca College.

They join an exclusive club. Just two-dozen people have been honored with the award.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the Grossmont Union High School District announced a unique partnership designed to provide East County high school students with a smoother path to college and a career today. 

After more than seven years as president of Grossmont College, Sunita “Sunny” V. Cooke has been chosen to serve as the new superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in northern San Diego County beginning in January 2015.

Cooke was unanimously selected by the MiraCosta Community College District Board of Trustees to replace Interim Superintendent/President Dick Robertson.

Follow your passion.

A guiding principal for Grossmont College music instructor and jazz bassist extraordinaire Justin Grinnell, who ditched plans to study mathematics shortly after enrolling at SDSU back in 1999 and meeting musicians “who were doing music all the time.”