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Articles by Della Elliott

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.

A busy academic year highlighted by new leadership at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges culminates with commencement ceremonies June 1 and 2, where more than 4,200 degrees and certificates will be awarded. 

With many students receiving multiple credentials, about 640 Cuyamaca students will receive more than 1,000 degrees and certificates at the college’s June 1 commencement, followed the next day by almost 1,500 Grossmont College graduates who will receive more than 3,200 degrees and certificates. 

Starting in April, Grossmont College is launching its first Grossmont Gives Back: Month of Service, a campuswide event in which students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a series of volunteer projects on and off campus.

A partnership between a college district and high school district in San Diego’s East County to provide a smoother path to college and a career has received a national Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Three faculty members and an administrator from the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership.

The craft of printmaking takes center stage when the Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College presents “Under Pressure: printmaking today,’’ an exhibit featuring works from 18 artists whose styles range from the traditional to the experimental. 

Jennifer Anne Bennett, a professor of art at Grossmont College, curates the exhibit, which runs March 28-April 28.

Black History Month celebrations at Cuyamaca College culminate with “Paving the Way,” a Feb. 26 event at the Performing Arts Theatre that melds music, theatre, dance, and poetry in saluting African Americans who were pioneers in their field.

Two instructors at Cuyamaca College and a counselor at Grossmont College have been honored for their contributions to their campuses and commitment to student success. 

A celebration of black history that includes music, dance and theater performances at Cuyamaca College and an African-American Read-in at Grossmont College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Included among the events will be tributes to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama, Maya Angelou and others, in addition to lesser-known names such as Daisy Bates, a civil rights heroine who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.