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Halloween Storytimes for Toddlers and Preschoolers – October 31, 2017

Enjoy a special Halloween Storytime for your toddler or preschooler at the Rancho San Diego Library on Halloween Day! Come dressed up, enjoy some treats, and go on a parade in the library after storytime.

Toddlers – 10:15 AM
Preschoolers – 11:15 AM


Racism, Social Justice, Tolerance Addressed as Diversity Dialogues Returns to Cuyamaca College

Discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the unique cultural challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the region highlight Cuyamaca College’s fall menu of Diversity Dialogues, which launches Sept. 14.

Diversity Dialogues were developed by Lauren Vaknin, associate dean of student affairs at Cuyamaca College, in spring 2011. From initially offering three workshops that drew a total of about 50 students, these days, up to 300 people – mostly students — attend the workshops each year.

“Diversity Dialogues has a tradition of fostering greater understanding by sparking open and honest discussions, and we look forward to another year of healthy and respectful conversations that underscore our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Vaknin said.

All sessions are free and open to the public and take place in Room I-207 of the Student Center.

The series begins Sept. 14 with Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation towards Diversity: Self-Reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation from 2 to 3 p.m. Presented by licensed marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglass, who is a lecturer at San Diego State University and a clinical supervisor at the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center, this workshop is aimed at recognizing biases, increasing awareness about cultural prejudices and encouraging engagement with others who are culturally diverse.

That will be followed Sept. 18 with Diversity & Social Justice from 12 to 1 p.m. Presented by Grace Bagunu, who is the Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative coordinator at the University of San Diego, this highly interactive session will focus on social justice-related concepts and effective communication skills when working in diverse groups.

A session titled Teaching Tolerance Supporting Students from Immigrant Families and Undocumented Students is on tap Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College counselor and interim First Year Experience coordinator Mary Garcia, this workshop will address how increased immigration enforcement is impacting many immigrant students and their families – both documented and undocumented – and how the Cuyamaca College community can best support them.

The Border Corrido: Music of Resistance is set for Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by John Escobedo, Cuyamaca College’s Title V activity director in the Department of Institutional Effectiveness, Success and Equity, will lead a discussion about the role of music in resistance movements and the development of the border corrido – popular, narrative songs that often speak to oppression and other socially relevant topics.

Learning about Filipino Culture & Traditions takes place Oct. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Grace Bagunu of USD will provide an overview of Filipino history, culture and tradition while touching on such topics as why the Philippines is the only Asian country to practice Christianity, why lumpia is such a well-known dish even though it did not originate in the Philippines, and why the Philippine flag has three stars.

Aversive Racism and Microaggressions is set for Oct. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. with Douglass of the Health and Wellness Center leading a discussion that explores assumptions based on an individual’s culture and the various ways people can casually degrade a socially marginalized group in brief, everyday exchanges.

Understanding Your Cultural Identity takes place Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Tanis Starck, assistant dean for special projects and director of the Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators at San Diego State University, this workshop will investigate how we are likely to see people of differing cultures and how we could transform our cultural differences into healthy, authentic relations with others.

Breaking Barriers to Build Bridges: A Mental Health Initiative, is set for Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College and Southwestern College counselor Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, this workshop will delve into the stress felt by immigrant communities – particularly Muslim immigrants in the United States – and how that can affect a person’s mental health.

Diversity Dialogues ends its fall semester run with Developing Cultural Humility on Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Douglass returns for an important discussion on becoming more sensitive to the importance of diversity and respect for cultural differences.

Diversity Dialogues is but one of Cuyamaca College’s ongoing efforts at celebrating all cultures. The campus hosts an annual powwow to promote Native American heritage, Latino Heritage Month and Black History Month celebrations and a Veterans Week Barbecue honoring those who have served in the armed forces.

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Free Backyard Composting Workshop – September 30, 2017

In partnership with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, The Water Conservation Garden presents a FREE composting workshop! Learn all about traditional composting and vermicomposting, and how to harvest and use your compost!

Saturday, September 30 | 10 am – 12 pm
The Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West
El Cajon CA 92019

Register online at: http://solanacenter.org/wcg-workshop or call (760) 436-7986 ext. 700.

Free Workshop: Growing Fresh Herbs for Cooking – September 16, 2017

Join the Rancho San Diego Library on Saturday, September 16, 2017 for a special, FREE workshop – “Growing Fresh Herbs for Cooking!” The workshop will take place from 10 am – 11:30 am at the Rancho San Diego Library (11555 Via Rancho San Diego).

Learn how to grow herbs in containers and in your backyard garden. You’ll also learn how to recognize, prevent, and control common pests and plant diseases. This free workshop is resented by Carolyn Kinnon, Environmental Horticulturalist.

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