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LOST CAT: Gray & White American Shorthair “Angel”

Angel, a gray and white American Shorthair cat was last seen on August 9th, 2017 on Rockgate Way and South Barcelona in Spring Valley. She is very friendly and it is likely that someone has taken her in. She also has a heart on her left paw. Please call Abbey at (619) 961-8463 if you have seen her or have any information!

Cuyamaca College Pilots Online Ford ASSET Program

Thanks to a $55,000 investment in AV equipment for web conferencing, live-streamed and recorded lectures, and curriculum changes to protect the Ford ASSET program’s integrity, Cuyamaca College will offer distance learning for the first time for students in the Automotive Technology program, said instructor and coordinator Brad McCombs.

When the fall semester starts Aug. 21, students in the traditional Ford ASSET program will continue a two-year regimen of alternating classroom instruction with on-the-job dealership training. However, online students will spend their two years full-time at Ford dealerships in their area with daily training classes on the web. The online training covers areas including electronics, climate-control systems, brakes, steering and suspension, and hybrid vehicle components and operation.

“This is really exciting for Cuyamaca College – to be Ford ASSET’s first pilot program in distance learning in the country,” McCombs said.

Ford honored Cuyamaca’s ASSET program earlier in the year, recognizing it as one of the best training programs in the world, McCombs said. The college’s Ford ASSET program is the only one in San Diego County and one of only three in California.

During the two years of training, all Ford ASSET students must complete a record book showing completion of the training modules and proving their ability to perform specific tasks. The books, which also serve as resume portfolios, are audited and signed by dealership personnel and the college instructor.

All ASSET students are also required to complete general education courses, making the program one of the college’s most demanding, second only to engineering in the total number of units needed for an associate degree. The GE classes are also offered online and distance learners will get their degrees from Cuyamaca College. Campus visits are needed for mid-term and final exams.

Its two-year timetable is intensive, with classes continuing through the summer. And the payoff is immeasurable: an associate of science degree transferable to California state universities, Ford Motor Co. certifications, and a near-guaranteed job upon graduation.

“‘Learning for the Future’ is your college’s motto and it is perfectly100 percent aligned with the Ford ASSET program,” said keynote speaker Roger Henry, the parts and service director for Ford’s Southern California region. “New technologies are emerging constantly with the hybrids and the development of autonomous vehicles. The world is changing rapidly. Your education is not complete. Your education and learning [are] just starting.”

Classes such as the Ford ASSET and GM ASEP programs are critical to the industry as the primary source of trained technicians, industry representatives say. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), a growing number of employers require workers to have postsecondary training because of new technology in vehicles. The DOL describes the job outlook as “very good” for automotive technicians.

Cuyamaca College’s automotive technology program, which enrolls an average of 300 students each semester, is highly regarded because of its industry-recognized certifications. Both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors provide vehicles, tools and separate partnerships with Cuyamaca for Ford’s Automotive Student Service Education Training (ASSET) and GM’s Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). GM’s ASEP class of 2014 graduated in 2016.

Unlike most training programs, ASSET and ASEP students are employed in the industry at sponsoring Ford, Lincoln and GM auto dealerships while they’re learning the skills. According to Ford Motor Co., 99 percent of ASSET graduates are hired by their sponsoring dealerships.

For an application and more information about enrolling in the Ford ASSET program, go to www.cuyamaca.edu/people/brad-mccombs/

Registration is underway for classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for the fall semester beginning Aug. 21. Information on admissions and registering for classes is available at www.gcccd.edu/now

Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – August 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Fighting for families: The county recently rolled out a powerful new tool to help families find quality residential care for the elderly.

It’s called Choose Well. It’s an online search tool and ratings system designed to guide families to the most appropriate assisted living facility for their loved one.

I first proposed the site in 2014. About 120 facilities have volunteered to fully participate in it, with more expected to be added in coming months.

When you stop by a local assisted living home for the elderly look for the new Choose Well logo on display. If you don’t see it, ask the facility to join it! Check out the site at choosewell.org .

Danger data: Want to get a better fix on any potential hazards at your home and workplace?

A new county website, found at readysandiego.org, allows you to input any local address to learn about possible hazards, like whether you live in a high-risk wildfire or earthquake zone.

The debut of the Know Your Hazards search tool couldn’t be better as we move into peak wildfire season.

Around town: Getting out and about East County is the best part of my job. Among the recent events and gatherings I’ve had the privilege of attending:

  • A groundbreaking for a new Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa. Basketball legend and fellow Helix High alum Bill Walton was among those at the event. Bill has always been a great booster of youth programs.
  • A meeting of Lions Club leaders in East County. Thanks, Lions, for all you do for our community.
  • Special gatherings held by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association and many other community groups!

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!






Live Music by Gregory Page at the Library – August 10, 2017

Join the Rancho San Diego Library for a live music event on Thursday, August 10th, featuring Gregory Page! The concert will take place at 6:30 PM.

A bit about Gregory Page: 
Gregory Page is an Irish/Armenian musician that creates oddly compelling songs that observe life and capture it in a realistic, humorous way.

Gregory Page was born April 28th, 1963 and grew up in North London with his Irish Mother Moyra Page who was the lead singer in the all girl pop group “The Beat-Chics” that opened two concerts in August ’65 for “The Beatles” in Spain. Gregory started his career together with his friend Steve Poltz in a Folk/Punk-Rock band formed in 1988 called “The Rugburns”.  Page had admired the songwriting of John Doe & his Los Angeles Punk Band, X.  In 1996 he was able to hand John a demo tape of his orginal songs. John Doe offered to produce some recordings for Page and they went into the studio and recorded an album that to this day is yet to be released.

Gregory Page is an eclectic, prolific, genre-bending singer-songwriter that has toured the world many times over from Australia to Europe to Japan.

Gregory Page seamlessly draws from and transcends the traditions of folk, Celtic, American Roots Jazz, ragtime, blues, swing and French Romanticism into his own signature idiom. From the BBC to NPR to film and television soundtracks, The Gregory Page Songbook captures the imagination, enabling audiences the world over to “rewind” with original music that is cinematic, nostalgic and full of the innocence, grace, joy & romance of the early 20th Century.

LOST DOG: Friendly 1 Year Old Brown Male Pitbull Named “Ozzy”

LOST MALE PITBULL – This sweet dog went missing from his home near Hilton Head Park on the evening of 8/3/17. He is a very FRIENDLY and approachable 1 year old male pitbull puppy named Ozzy. He is microchipped.

If you have any information or have seen him, please call (760) 585-6708 immediately. ANY information helps – Let’s get this guy reunited with his loving family!