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Articles by Della Elliott

Sometimes, it is the everyday problems that complicate the lives of the elderly and physically challenged.

Like the simple act of pulling up a pair of slacks when dressing. 

Students in a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) class have become inventors, creating homemade adaptive devices, including Paula McVeagh’s “Pants Puller-Upper,” to help make life a little easier for friends and family members with physical impairments.

From package deliveries and aerial photographs to defense applications, the use of drones is expanding, opening up new careers in the technology behind the unmanned aircraft.

Grossmont College wants to become the first community college in Southern California to develop a program in drone technology and is testing the waters with a workshop, “Regional Careers in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),” noon-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in Griffin Gate in Building 60.

The free workshop to help the college gauge interest is open to the public.

About 25 student veterans at Cuyamaca College were treated to a barbecue and a drawstring bag filled with school supplies at a Veterans Week commemoration on the grand lawn Thursday hosted by the El Cajon Elks Lodge.

The event, which also included a raffle for gift cards from Barnes & Noble and a pair of tickets to a Chargers’ football game, marked the third year that Elks Lodge 1812 joined the college in honoring student veterans.

The Basket Brigade of San Diego, a local non-profit group that provides Thanksgiving Day food baskets to families in need, is partnering this year with Grossmont College to recruit volunteers and donors to bring a holiday meal to hundreds, including students at the community college and their loved ones.

The group is seeking contributions and helpers to assemble and deliver food baskets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the back half of the cafeteria in Griffin Center (Building 60.)

As a former student athlete and successful college coach, Thomas Armstrong knows a lot about executing winning game plans. 

As Grossmont College’s new associate dean of athletics, Armstrong is now diagramming x’s and o’s for a program that has in the past three years twice won honors as the most successful intercollegiate athletic program in the 10-college Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Their peers as the academic year’s best faculty members have selected five instructors at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The honorees were lauded at fall convocations for exemplary service to the East County campuses.

As a parent of two teenagers attending El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Amber Hughes has more than a professional stake in her new job as coordinator of the East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the Grossmont Union High School District.

For the second time in three years, Grossmont College has won the Chet DeVore Award for having the most successful men and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Jesse Enriquez, the new coordinator of an East County initiative to make the high school-to-college or career transition more seamless, understands the challenges facing teens as they venture into adulthood.

Two Iraqi refugees who succeeded academically through perseverance and strength of spirit, and a high-school dropout who’s now on her way to UC Berkeley, shared their inspirational stories at last week’s commencement ceremonies for Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges.