Summer Career Academy


The School of Continuing Education and Cypress College have teamed up with the Orange County Department of Education to offer a Summer Career Academy series. This dynamic learning opportunity continues next week on Monday, July 6th, with two content-focused classes for teens:

Intro to Computer Networking- Grades 7-12

Students will learn both the conceptual and practical skills that build the foundation for understanding computer networking. You will learn IP addressing and OSI layered model. You will be enrolled into the Cisco Academy site, make cables, configure devices and trace packets using network monitoring tools.

Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 6-9

Time: 1:00 to 5:00pm

Location: Cypress College Business Education, Room 116

Fee: $30 –


Cyber Security- Grades 9-12

Students will learn and work in teams competing to secure a windows machine from hackers and get a hands-on sneak preview into CyberPatriot, a national cyber security competition created by the US Air Force. Students will become familiar with best practices for ensuring a computer is secure for use. Beginning to advanced students welcome. Please bring paper and pencil.

Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Cypress College Business Education, Room 116

Fee: $30 –


REGISTER ONLINE at: and follow the link to Kids’ College.

For further information please call: 714.808.4909


The Cypress College Career Academy is funded, in part, through the Orange County Department of Education Career Pathways Trust grant.

Cypress College #3 in California Community Colleges


Cypress College ranks third of 112 California Community Colleges in a assessment. The report, published Tuesday, May 5th, is derived from key indicators of student success based on metrics from the National Center for Education Statistics, the University of California and California State University systems.

As the third-highest scorer, Cypress College places behind Saddleback College and Santa Monica City College. It is followed by Pasadena City College (No.#5), Golden West College (No.#6), and El Camino College (No.#10). The independent review praises Cypress College’s educational accessibility, affordability, and student success.’s methodology analyzes six criteria to assess an institution’s ranking: transfers to the University of California and California State University systems (30 percent), affordability (30 percent), student-to-faculty ratio (15 percent), distance education (15 percent), retention rates (5 percent), and graduation rates (5 percent).

“California community colleges are important — not just to California, but to the entire nation…. [they] are vital for the state’s future economic success,” state the report’s authors. The California Community College system is the state and nation’s largest workforce training provider. Nearly 70% of CA nurses and 80% of firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical technicians are trained at a CCC. California Community Colleges are also a smart financial pathway to four-year institutions; students can save at least $40,000 by completing their general education requirements at a CCC before transfer to CSU or UC campuses.

Cypress College is one of 112 community colleges in California, which together comprise the largest system of public higher education in the nation. The College was founded in 1966 with a vision to support and advance the diverse academic and professional pursuits of local residents. With more than 50 university-transfer majors, 138 career certificate programs and degrees in 61 areas of study, Cypress College provides nearly 20,000 students each year access to a top-quality education that lays the foundation for future success. For more information, please visit:

To view the report in its entirety, please visit: (link is external).

OC Weekly: ‘Stick a Fork in it’ Profiles Alum Gio Bolivar

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The May 18, 2015 edition of OC Weekly features Culinary Arts alumnus Gio Bolivar of Dory Deli in Newport Beach. In the piece, authored by OC Weekly’s Anne Marie Panoringan, Bolivar discusses, food, the culinary industry, and his educational preparation to go into the field.

From Panoringan’s column:

Where did you attend culinary school? And did you learn anything that you might not have been taught if you didn’t attend?
I attended Cypress College; they have an amazing culinary program headed by Chef Jeremy Peters and Lisa Clark. I feel that culinary school really got me ready for a life in the kitchen and put me on the right path for the future.

The full piece is available at:

LA Times: ‘Game changer’: 4-year degrees from some California 2-year colleges


On Friday, Cypress College officially submitted its application to state officials to become one of the 15 programs selected for California’s pilot program to offer baccalaureate degrees at community colleges. Earlier, Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District had selected Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program to represent the NOCCCD in the process.

Today’s Los Angeles Times covers Cypress College’s bid with an article by Jason Song and photography/videography by Mark Boster.

Steve Crawford recently graduated from the mortuary science program at Cypress College in Orange County. If he passes state tests, he could get a job in a coroner’s office, which was once his dream job.

But Crawford has decided he might want to work as a funeral director or operate his own business, which would be easier if he had a four-year degree. He would have to move, however, since no California schools offer baccalaureate mortuary degrees.

“I’d rather stay here,” said Crawford, 28. “But I want to see how far I can go in this field, too, and if that means more school, I have to consider” leaving the state.

Under a new state law, Crawford might be able to stay put and get a four-year degree at Cypress. The community college is one of 36 campuses and districts that have said they plan to apply for an opportunity to offer four-year degrees. It would be the first time community colleges in California would be eligible to offer more than associate’s degrees.

The article includes interviews with Cypress College faculty and students, as well as from others unaffiliated with the campus.

Cypress College’s Mortuary Science is well regarded that the HBO series “Six Feet Under” repeatedly referenced it to add authenticity to the show. It is one of two such programs in the state. If Cypress College’s application for the program is approved, instruction would begin by the 2017-18 academic year. To be considered, programs must not conflict with bachelor’s-degree programs already offered in the Cal States or UCs. Legislation approving the pilot program was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September. Programs will be selected according to their ability and interest in establishing rigorous undergraduate programs that confer degrees in high occupational demand among regional employers.

A decision is anticipated in January.


Mortuary Science Selected by NOCCCD Trustees as District’s Applicant for Bachelor’s Degree Pilot Program

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Mortuary Science — a program so well regarded that the HBO series “Six Feet Under” repeatedly referenced Cypress College to add authenticity — will be the North Orange County Community College District’s applicant for California’s pilot program to award baccalaureate degrees at community colleges. No more than 15 programs will be selected for the program’s trial period.

Trustees voted 4-1 on Tuesday, November 11 to file an intention to apply for inclusion on behalf of the Mortuary Science Program. Districts can only submit one program, and those programs must not conflict with bachelor’s-degree programs already offered in the Cal States or UCs. Trustees also considered a proposal on behalf of Fullerton College’s Administration of Justice program which would have focused on a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement supervision.

In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in a pilot program.

According to the state Chancellor’s Office, the CCCCO will decide in consultation with UC and CSU which districts will be chosen to host programs, subject to California Community Colleges Board of Governors approval. Districts will be selected according to their ability and interest in establishing rigorous undergrad programs that confer degrees in high occupational demand among regional employers. Achieving a geographical balance of districts to maximize student enrollment will be another factor.

Instruction in the pilot baccalaureate degree program in 15 college districts will begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year. Under the new law, community colleges would charge only $84 more per unit for upper-division baccalaureate coursework than they currently charge for lower-division courses. The Legislative Analyst’s Office will conduct an interim evaluation of the bachelor’s degree program in 2018, and a final evaluation by July2022. The pilot program will end in the 2022-23 academic year, unless extended by the Legislature.

Nationwide, more than 50 community colleges operate almost 500 baccalaureate programs in 21 states.

Institutional Effectiveness, Annual Reports Presented


Dr. Simpson details successes of the College and its students during his presentation to NOCCCD Trustees.

On Tuesday, Dr. Simpson shared the success of the College and its students during his annual update to Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District.

The Institutional Effectiveness Report and the Annual Report illustrate the achievements at Cypress College during the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The content of these reports reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire College team,” Dr. Simpson told the Board. “This work is dedicated to our students with the intent of continuing our support for them as they strive to become the best that they are capable of becoming.”

The 109-page Institutional Effectiveness Report is a product of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. The data-driven document looks at outcomes in a number of areas utilizing the measures included in the statewide Student Success Scorecard. Cypress College’s results on the Scorecard were impressive when compared with statewide averages. The data indicate that much work remains in addressing the achievement gap.

During the Board presentation, Dr. Simpson highlighted five key areas of the Scorecard: completion, persistence, attainment of 30 units, remedial coursework, and Career Technical Education. Promising results have been observed in CTE, where the achievement gap is less than half of what is observed in general education courses.

The Annual Report highlights a number of topics: Student Success; Student Demographics; Academics; Workforce Development; Achievement Gap; Student Profile; Alumni Profile; Community Relations; Veterans; Foundation; Grants; Facilities; Financial Highlights; and Legends.


Dr. Simpson’s @Cypress Weekly Newsletter for September 5, 2014


The September 5, 2014,  edition of the @Cypress newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson is now available.

This week’s headlines:

  • Estate Donation of $409,000 Believed College’s Largest Bequest
    >   Funds from the Sheron Huston estate will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for Cypress College students.
  • Cypress College Auto Students Dominate CNCDA Scholarship Awards
  • Students Sought for CA Board of Governors
  • Add/Drop Deadline is Sunday, September 7
  • Study Abroad in Rome for Spring 2015 Application Deadline is November 1
  • Transfer Center Schedules TAG Workshops, 1-on-1 Appointments
  • California Community Foundation Selects Tsuno for Prestigious Fellowship
  • “This Week,” “They Said It,” and “Chargers” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material, including photographs from “Welcome Back,” men’s soccer, and the CNCDA scholarship presentations.


Visit to view the complete @Cypress archives if you want to have a look at previous editions.

Cypress College Auto Students Dominate CNCDA Scholarship Awards

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Alejandro Garcia Rodriguez was the recipient of the Richard Welch Scholarship Award, the California New Car Dealers Association’s top scholarship. Rodriguez (center) is pictured with his faculty, Michael Klyde (right) and Russ Bacarella (left). Photograph courtesy of Brian Maas, CNCDA President.

Cypress College students dominated the award process for scholarships recently presented by the California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation. Forty four Cypress College students received $30,300 in scholarships from the CNCDA, roughly half of the total funds. An amazing 56% of CNCDA scholarships in Orange County and 42% of their awards across the entire state were presented to Cypress College Automotive Technology students.

Student Alejandro Garcia Rodriguez was selected as the Peter Welch Scholarship winner, a honor for the student the selection committee thought was the best overall applicant.

The industry group made the selections earlier this month:

For the 2014-2015 school year, the California New Car Dealers Scholarship Foundation has awarded scholarships to 106 California students enrolled in post-secondary automotive technology or automotive management programs totaling $73,641. Since 1995, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded a total of $620,491 in scholarships.

High School Students Compete in Third Cypress College Automotive Competition

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Seven two-person teams competed at Cypress College’s High School Auto Competition #3, which was held on Thursday, January 9, 2013.

Cypress College’s Third High School Auto Competition included competition from seven two-student teams. The students competed in tasks at six different skills stations: tire rotation; brake rotor runout measurement; engine component measurement; scan tool operation; series circuits; and parallel circuits.

Snap-On Tools provided prizes for first through third place. All participants received hats and sponsor t-shirts.

Also attending the event, held by Cypress College’s Toyota T-TEN automotive technology program, where high school instructors, parents, and students. The event helps emphasize to high school students and their parents the high-tech skills required for employment in the automotive industry, as well as the potential career paths.

Cypress College employees responsible for the successful event include automotive technology faculty and staff members: Michael Klyde, Louis Krebbs, Lidia Coman, Russ Bacarella, and Marty Orozco.