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Message from the Chancellor: Honoring our Classified Professionals

Chancellor Message Masthead 12-2021

2023-2024 Year End Message
 
June 4, 2024
 

Dear Colleagues,

This time of year always reminds me why our colleges are so important to our students and our community. When I watch our graduates beaming with pride and being cheered on by their families and friends, I see how the efforts we put in to educate and train our students can have a transformative effect. Thousands of students now have a brighter future because they have earned a degree or certificate from Grossmont or Cuyamaca College.

Celebrating Successes

This year, we had more than 2,100 graduates from our two colleges, earning more than 5,300 degrees and certificates, with over 900 participating in our commencement ceremonies. At Cuyamaca College, student speaker Jessica Bahena shared that she faced challenges as a single mother of two children. She will be transferring to San Diego State University and hopes to return to Cuyamaca College one day as an instructor. At Grossmont College, student speaker Zachary Mass shared that he overcame many challenges while growing up, and that his time at Grossmont College had a profound impact on him. He will also be transferring to San Diego State University and plans to have a career in sports broadcasting.

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The 2023-2024 academic year has been a year filled with high points in our District. Enrollment continues to steadily increase and our campuses are bustling with activity – performances, celebrations, recognitions, family nights, job fairs – and the list goes on. Grossmont College is once again the top transfer school to San Diego State University for the sixth year in a row, and Cuyamaca continues to have the highest transfer rate to SDSU in our region.

Grossmont College celebrated the opening of Building 36, a beautiful facility offering top-notch spaces for our veterans and our STEM students. Last fall, the Cuyamaca College Student Services Building, otherwise known as the G-Building, was the recipient of the 2023 Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Professional Design Award. Cuyamaca College also proudly celebrated the opening of its new Queer Student Center this year, and both colleges received a number of grants to innovate and impact the future.

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Innovative Spaces & Places

Grossmont College celebrated the opening of Building 36, a beautiful facility offering top-notch spaces for our veterans and our STEM students. Last fall, the Cuyamaca College Student Services Building, otherwise known as the G-Building, was the recipient of the 2023 Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Professional Design Award.

Cuyamaca College also proudly celebrated the opening of its new Queer Student Center this year, and both colleges received a number of grants to innovate and impact the future.

We completed our solar panel project so that our campuses can be a little greener and demonstrate an institutional commitment to sustainability. The panels and solar storage systems are expected to save the District about $43 million over the next 20 years.  Additionally, they allow us to offer parking spaces designated to charging electric vehicles. 

The superior education and services that our colleges offer received recognition this year. Cuyamaca College was recognized by Military Times magazine as one of the “Best for Vets,” both as a college and as an employer. Cuyamaca also was recognized for its achievement in accelerated math, and Grossmont College was named a Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer by the Campaign for College Opportunity. 

As we close the academic year, I want to thank all of you for your tireless dedication to our students and our colleges. Your commitment is rewarded with the smiles on our graduates’ faces and the knowledge that you have made a profound difference in their lives. One graduate shook my hand crossing the stage on Thursday, tearfully proclaiming it took her 30 years, but she finally did it!  I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes He who plants a tree knowing that he will never sit under its shade, has at least begun to understand the meaning of life – Tagore.

Looking Ahead

As we lean into summer break, and begin planning for next fall, we do so with a renewed sense of accomplishment and purpose, and look forward to providing even more opportunities and services for our students—no matter how long their journey may be – we are planting trees!

With gratitude,

Lynn

Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.D., Chancellor


A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District