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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

Steele Canyon Cougars Youth Football and Cheer Sign-ups

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Come join the Steele Canyon Youth Football and Cheer Association! We are a tackle and flag Football and Cheer league serving the youth of East San Diego County, Jamul, Rancho San Diego, Spring Valley, La Mesa, Alpine, El Cajon.




Fall season begins July 24th.
The first game is on August 26th.


Every Saturday at Steele Canyon HS from 11 am – 2 pm (until Season begins on July 24th)
Any time Monday-Thursday during the first week of Fall season practice (July 24-27)
12440 Camp Road, Spring Valley CA 91978


Tackle – $350
Flag – $180
Cheer – $180 plus uniform

Payment plans are available! Call or text for more info at (619) 379-2462 or visit www.SCYFB.org

About Steele Canyon Youth Football & Cheer:

We are a part of the association of the San Diego County Youth Football League (AYF). The goal of the Steele Canyon Youth Football and Cheer Association (SCYFBC) is to serve the community and ensure that Football and Cheerleading are an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Our philosophy is to inspire our youth to practice the ideals of sportsmanship and physical fitness through positive instruction, competition and exemplary staff conduct. In addition, we underscore the importance of high scholastic achievement among our young athletes and support it as a priority.

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Hillsdale Middle School 2018 8th Grade East Coast Tour Registration Meeting – May 31, 2017

Attention all parents and guardians of current 7th grade students at Hillsdale Middle School!

Don’t miss our first 2018- 8th Grade East Coast Tour Registration Meeting. It will take place on Wednesday, May 31st, from 6 to 7 PM in the Husky MPR.

At this meeting, we will discuss next year’s tour itinerary, trip pricing, and allow registered students to pick up Summer fundraising supplies. PLAN AHEAD! Get your child registered and prepared to raise funds over the Summer for next year’s tour.

Space is limited, so don’t miss it. Contact Mrs. Farias, (click here to email) or Mr. Russo (click here to email), with any questions or concerns.

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Find a Job at Cuyamaca’s “College Hour!” – May 10, 2017

Looking for a job?

Graduating or recent alumni? Have you gained work experience in your field of study? Learn how we can help you find your dream career job at College Hour.

College Hour is presented by Cindy Morrin, Career Services Coordinator, and Erica Olmos, Job Development Specialist.

Sign up at the Cuyamaca College Career Center (One-Stop A-221). For more information, call (619) 660-4436 or visit cuyamaca.edu/career. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Free parking is available by entering the number 664 in the parking vending machines in any campus parking lot.



Prepare Your Child For Their Future at Los Coches Creek Middle School’s CSMA Campus Preview! – May 25, 2017

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates

Join us to learn how enrolling at Los Coches Creek Computer Science and Media Arts Magnet Middle School can help ensure your kids are adequately prepared for their future. Find out about the many opportunities for students to excel at LCC CSMA:

Fully Integrated Computer Coding:

Meet Andrew Svehaug, CEO of Code to the future, and learn how our partnership will provide students with a comprehensive, progression of computer science instruction, that will prepare them for success in high school, college and beyond.

Media Arts and TED Presentation Skills:

Check out examples of innovative final projects created by our students using a wide variety of digital tools, animation and media arts, or even take part in a live demonstration of our digital journalism and broadcast class.

Experience a sampling of demonstrations from the extensive elective choices available to your children including:

Video Game Design, Art and Digital Art, 3-D Design and Printing, Photography and Filmmaking, Robotics, Beginning and Advanced Band, Guitar, Green Architecture, Genius Hour, Advanced Computer Coding and App Development.

Have you got a gifted or high performing child in your family that needs to be challenged?

We’ve got you covered. LCC offers Honors English, as well as Honors and Accelerated Mathematics programs?

Experts from across the business world agree on one thing: Most kids today will end up in jobs that haven’t even been created yet, and the workplace will increasingly focus on the ability to effectively use technology.

Hasn’t the transfer application window already closed, you ask?

We’ve got great news for you! While other schools have already closed their transfer window, LCC CSMA has plenty of room to expand and will be accepting transfer applications through the end of June 2017!

How do I enroll my child?

For specific information, visit our district website at www.cajonvalley.net or enter the following link: http://www.cajonvalley.net/Page/11292 (ignore those posted deadlines). You can also pick up transfer request forms from our school office staff.

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