College Welcomes Nearly 500 Kindergartners to Campus

Cypress College welcomed 476 kindergartners to campus Friday, March 3 for its 21st annual Kindercaminata.

Students from Centralia and Savanna school districts participated in the event that strives to engage students from a young age with college and career planning.

Knott’s Berry Farm brought Snoopy to campus to greet and take photos with the kindergartners. They also provided lunch for the students.

A number of College departments, programs, clubs, and sports teams made the day a fun learning experience for the children.

The (STEM)2 program had interactive science experiments on display; the Veterans Organization and several sports teams gave students a fun workout; and the Theater and Dance Department featured a song and dance area complete with props and folklorico dancers.


Community organizations, such as the Orange County Fire Department and Cypress Police, also participated.

To see more from that day, watch our Facebook live video!


Five President Candidates Identified as Finalists; Forum on March 30

UPDATE: Read highlights from the Open Forum here!

NOTE: View the live video here.

Five candidates to become Cypress College’s 12th president have been identified and are scheduled to participate in a campus-wide open forum on March 30, 2017. The forum will be broadcast and archived on the campus website.

The candidates to replace retiring Dr. Bob Simpson are:

  • Dr. Gregory Peterson — Vice President of Student Services, Long Beach City College
  • Dr. Omid Pourzanjani — Vice President of Academic Affairs, Golden West College
  • Dr. JoAnna Schilling — Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rio Hondo College
  • Dr. Arvid Spor — Vice President of Academic Affairs, Citrus College
  • Dr. Gregory Anderson — Vice President of Instruction, Canada College

Each candidate’s presentation will be broadcast live via USTREAM and archived on YouTube for future viewing (links will be added to this page when available). The schedule for forums and biographies for each candidate are available here. The forums will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. with Dr. Peterson’s visit. Dr. Pourzanjani is scheduled for 10 a.m., and Dr. Shilling follows at 11 a.m. Dr. Spor and Dr. Anderson follow at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m., respectively.

After a short introduction each candidate will present a brief statement and then address questions. Feedback for the Board of Trustee’s consideration is requested via the Open Forum survey at: from a PC or mobile device. All responses are anonymous. The survey will close at 8 p.m. on March 30 to allow for compilation of responses.

“I would like to ask all staff to attend the forum and to be prepared with additional questions for the candidates,” NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Cheryl Marshall said. “Faculty are encouraged to bring their students.”

The Board will interview the finalists on March 31, 2017, and will make every effort to finalize the process and announce a decision shortly thereafter.

Learn more about Cypress College’s presidential search here.

OC Pathways and RoadTrip Nation Bring Virgin Galactic to Campus

OC Pathways and PBS’ RoadTrip Nation will stop at Cypress College Tuesday, March 28 for a filmed engineering road trip event with Virgin Galactic to inspire students to define their own roads in life.

Virgin Galactic VP of Operations Tim Buzza and Caitlin Curtis, a Virgin Galactic composites manufacturing engineer, will meet with Cypress students to share career and life experiences. Following a presentation, students will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion and Q&A with Buzza and Curtis.

RoadTrip Nation’s bright green RV will start its trip at Los Alamitos High School for a morning presentation, then make its way to the College for the 1-3 p.m. event in the CCCPLX 216 lecture hall. The event will be broadcast on PBS at a later date.

RoadTrip Nation has been traveling around the world for 15 years interviewing people from various backgrounds about their careers and how they determined their paths in life.

OC Pathways is a collaborative organization dedicated to connecting educators and industry leaders to provide students with the necessary tools for college and career success, particularly in STEM fields.

College Hosts Quirk-Silva’s Career Pathways Roundtable

California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva convened a Career Pathways Roundtable at Cypress College Friday to discuss education and workforce development with Orange County education, civic, and business leaders.

Quirk-Silva, whose district includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton, chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.

Around 30 Orange County leaders discussed issues including state CTE funding, skilled workforce challenges, and cybersecurity and technology education. Several North Orange County Community College District leaders participated, including Chancellor Cheryl Marshall and Cypress College President Bob Simpson.

The Assemblywoman also toured Cypress College’s Mortuary Science laboratories, home to the College’s first baccalaureate program in Funeral Services, which will be starting classes in Fall 2017.

Cypress College is one of 15 California community colleges offering a baccalaureate through a pilot program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. Under the pilot, selected community colleges offer baccalaureates in areas that do not compete with UC or Cal State schools.

For more on Cypress College’s Career and Technical Education programs, see our CTE and health science pages.




Tickets! Get Your FOLLIES Tickets!

Join us for the Cypress College 50th Anniversary production of the Stephen Sondheim musical FOLLIES, based on the book by James Goldman. In the musical, past “Weismann’s Follies” performers reunite in a Broadway theater that’s scheduled for demolition. The focus is on two couples and their past and present lives.

The Cypress College production of FOLLIES is directed by Jim Hormel. The cast and design team feature current and former Cypress students.

Opening night is Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Subsequent performances are:

  • Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m.

As part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration, there will be a special gala preceding the Saturday, April 1 performance with cocktails to follow.

Tickets for the April 1 show are $30. Tickets for all other shows are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors, students with student ID, and children under 12.

Get your tickets here.

Cypress to Hold Second Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Event

Cypress College hosts its second annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will include presentations by Holocaust survivors, music, dance, and photography.

The College’s event last year featured a keynote presentation from Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a Holocaust survivor whose father, sister, and younger brother were killed by the Nazis, and whose remaining brother was killed in an anti-Semitic attack. His mother had died before the start of World War II.

Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester also presented his unique collection of Holocaust survivor portraits, accompanied by improvisational dance performed by Dance Department Coordinator Maha Afra’s students and dance company members.

RSVP for this year’s event.

Read more about last year’s event at the links below:

Cypress Bistro Opens for Spring Semester

Love food? Love food that also looks good on Instagram? Then our Cypress Bistro is the place for you! Operated by Cypress College Culinary Arts students, the bistro offers a fine-dining experience at a casual-dining cost.

Beginning February 23 and open every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. through May 18, Cypress Bistro offers outstanding service and trending regional cuisines — from New England to Texas Buffet to Mexican to Pacific Rim and more. Click here for the Spring semester menu.

Check out some of the delicious meals that were provided last semester:

The Appetizer


The Entrée


The Dessert


Looks good, right?! Cypress Bistro is located on our Anaheim campus at 1830 W. Romneya Drive. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made via email at See you there!

Celebrate Diversity this Black History Month

Understand the past and reflect on the present during the College’s Cypress@50, Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness: The Conversation Continues… celebration of Black History Month.

A series of events are scheduled throughout February, focusing on key conversations like black identity and racial inequality. We urge students and the campus community to embrace diversity, foster individuality, and encourage a variety of perspectives and opinions through supportive dialogue.

Events are sponsored by the Legacy Program, the Language Arts Division, Associated Students, and Student Equity.

Black Hair: What are the Social & Cultural Implications

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 2-4 p.m.
Location: HUM 302
Moderator: Ron Wilson

This symposium examines whether the definition of “natural” dilutes an important cultural distinction between Afrocentric and Eurocentric hair practices.

13th, Documentary and Discussion

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 3:30-6 p.m.
Location: HUM 131
Moderators: Daniel Lind, Steven Estrada

“13th” is a documentary that examines the historical, political and sociological aspects of racial inequality and mass incarceration.

Mothers of the Movement

Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: CCCPLX 414
Moderator: Virgil Adams

The Mothers of the Movement (MOTM) is rooted in Black Lives Matter. MOTM consists of mothers who have lost a son to police violence. In this symposium, local MOTM will share their stories of pain, coping and healing.

InterACT & Free Expression

Date & Time: Monday, Feb. 27 at 12-3 p.m.
Location: Theater Lobby
Moderators: Armando Garcia, Maha Afra

InterACT is a nationally renowned social justice performance troupe based out of California State University, Long Beach. Free Expression is an open mic-style event. Express yourself through dance, poetry, music and art.

Support Chargers Basketball at Hoops Night

Cypress College basketball hosts Orange Coast College in their 4th Annual #CypCity Hoops Night on Friday, Feb. 3rd. It’s a blackout game this year, with the men sporting new black uniforms and the women wearing black warm-ups.

Show your school spirit by wearing black and coming out to cheer on our Chargers as they take on conference rival OCC! The Associated Students will have a dedicated student cheer section, and Athletics will be providing spirit items for attendees. Click here to view a promo video.


Gym II


Men’s game at 5 p.m.
Women’s game at 7 p.m.

Come support your Chargers and WEAR BLACK!

Check Out Our New Events Calendar

Show off your school spirit at a Cypress College event! Love baseball, dance, and photography? Do you just want to know what day classes start or what days the campus is closed? Our new events calendar showcases all the Chargers’ happenings, including sports, theater and dance, and more. With the events calendar you’ll know firsthand all that’s going on at Cypress College. Check it out here. To have your event added to the calendar, fill out this form and email it here.