‘Matriarch’ Pat Ganer to Retire

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Dr. Ganer is the Longest-Serving Faculty and One of the College’s First Students

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As an alumna of both USC and UCLA, the moniker “a person divided” accurately applies to Dr. Pat Ganer. Despite loyalties on both sides of that Southern California rivalry, there’s little doubt about which campus holds her heart: Cypress College.

She was standing at the campus flagpole on Day 1, September 12, 1966, as one of Cypress College’s very first students — student number 428, to be precise. Fifty years later she again stood at the flagpole; this time, as the matriarch of Cypress College, she emceed an anniversary event.

Dr. Ganer, a faculty member in Speech Communication at Cypress since 1971, will retire at the end of the academic year. At Cypress College, she spent 7 years as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, served four terms as President of the Academic Senate, chaired the Professional Growth and Development Committee, and was the first faculty Chair of the Accreditation Self-Study. She twice instructed in the semester-abroad program in both London and Madrid. For two decades, she directed the school’s speech teams, taking them to local, state, and national competitions.

Off campus, she served as President of both the American Forensics Association and the Western States Communication Association. She has taught consistently at California State University, Long Beach. Known, in part, for wearing her politics on her sleeve, Dr. Ganer has served as an analyst on presidential debates for the Los Angeles Times and MSNBC. One of her courses at Cal State Long Beach focuses on campaign-based communication. Another of her classes covers international speaking —  an area in which she also brings real-world experience, having presented at conferences in Japan, Dublin, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Sao Paolo.

In 2010, Dr. Ganer was dubbed the “Matriarch of Cypress College” after the retirement of colleague Donna Friess. In fact, Friess provided her with a crown to make the moment official. “I love the atmosphere at Cypress College,” Dr. Ganer said at the time. “It is a very collegiate environment. Everyone pulls together to make things work.”

She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in Political Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Communication, with an emphasis on Political Communication, from the University of Utah. She is an avid fan of the Utah Utes as well as the Anaheim Angels.

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Welcome to New Full-Time Faculty and Staff

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As Cypress College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we are not only celebrating the past, but looking ahead to our next chapter. We are pleased to have 28 new full-time faculty begin their employment at Cypress College this fall — our largest group of new tenure-track instructors, counselors, and librarians. 

Business & Computer Information Systems

Bret Clarke (CIS)

Counseling & Student Development

Dawn Decker, LD Specialist (Disability Support Services)

Mymy Lam, Counselor (Teacher Preparation Program/Humanities)

Fine Arts

Katalin Anguelov (Media Arts)

Janet Owen (Art History)

Terra Schwartzwald (Music)

Health Science

Shinah Kim (Nursing)

Jennie Larez (Health Information Technology)

Marcus Marquardt (Psychiatric Technology)

Ryan Ortega (Nursing)

Diana Tira (Dental Hygiene)

Language Arts

Jill Bauer (ESL)

Justin Campbell (English)

Jennelle Herman (ESL)

Bret Kaufman (English)

Annette Letcher (Reading)

Stephanie Tran (English)

Library & Learning Resource Center

Angela Boyd, Librarian (Library)

Leslie Palmer, Librarian (Library)

Physical Education & Athletics

Jeff Benito (PE/Tennis)

Anthony Hutting (Baseball)

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Jolina Cadilli (Math)

Alma Castro (Math)

Saleh Massoud (Engineering/Physics)

Gary Shin (Biology)

Social Sciences

Angela DeDios (Psychology)

Steven Estrada (Ethnic Studies)

James Tapia (Human Services)

In addition to our new faculty, the College is happy to have nine new full-time classified staff come on board as well, in areas across the campus that are vital to supporting the instructional work of the institution. 

Classified Staff

Belinda Allan, Instructional Assistant (Career Center)

Casey Carmichael, Facilities Custodian (Maintenance and Operations/Physical Plant)

Khanh Cao, Instructional Assistant (Business a& Computer Information Systems)

Raul Garcia, Facilities Custodian (Maintenance and Operations/Physical Plant)

Briceyda Maldonado, Student Services Specialist (CalWorks/EOPS)

Jeanette Pattison, Instructional Aide (Health Science)

Desiree Sendejas, Campus Safety Officer (Campus Safety)

Daniel Wallenberg, Campus Safety Officer (Campus Safety)

Felicia Xa, Library Assistant (Library & Learning Resource Center)

The College looks forward to seeing the impact that these individuals will bring to motivating the minds of our students, and helping them get to where they want to be. We are thrilled to have each one of them join the Cypress College family! 

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Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portrait Collection by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

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Multiple Holocaust survivors and a pair of children of survivors highlight Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event on May 4. The event is inspired by Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portraits taken of survivors. The portraits will be on display during the event and Cypress College students will perform an interpretative routine in reaction to the photographs. More than 400 people are expected to attend.

The remembrance takes place adjacent to the campus pond on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Cypress College, located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, CA.

Holocaust survivors Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Natalie Weinstein-Gold are the featured speakers. They are among the five or six survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who will be honored at the event, along with two children of survivors.

Cypress College students, college employees, and community members will also participate. These include History Professor David Halahmy, representatives for the German Consulate in Los Angeles and Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom.

Cypress College’s tribute is also centered around an exhibition of haunting and spirit-filled portraits of survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester. Professor Lester’s portraits of Holocaust survivors were exhibited during an all-faculty meeting at the start of the school year. The work was so well received the photographs are now displayed in the campus Student Center. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism. Among Cypress College’s core values is “inclusiveness” and the college’s Diversity Committee agreed to hold a Yom HaShoah event in this spirit.

Yom HaShoah is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, May 4 and concludes at sunset on May 5. Cypress College pays respect with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed. This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

The lighting of memorial candles is part of the Yom HaShoah tradition. Four of the Holocaust survivors and two children of survivors — including a Cypress College employee — will represent the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. Lit candles will then be floated onto the campus pond.

Confirmed Holocaust survivors participating in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event are: Dr. Eisenbach, Ms. Weinstein-Gold, Sarah Schweitz, and Harry Lester; the children of survivors are David Langer (representing his father Nathan and mother Mira), and Rick Van Beynen (representing his mother Rachel). Biographies of the participants are attached below.

Biographies of Holocaust Survivors and Offspring Participating:

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach — Holocaust Survivor

At 93 years old, Dr. Eisenbach recently retired from dentistry after practicing for 60 years. Dr. Eisenbach and his family lived in Lodz, Poland. Before the war broke out, Dr. Eisenbach lost his mother to illness. After Poland was invaded, he lost his sister, father and youngest brother at the hands of the Nazis.  Despite all of these losses, Dr. Eisenbach retains his strength by remembering his parents’ words, telling him “to never lose hope for a better tomorrow.” As a result, Dr. Eisenbach is quick to state he has never lost his faith in humanity.

Natalie Weinstein-Gold — Holocaust Survivor

At the age of 18 months, Natalie Weinstein-Gold was left on the doorstep of a lawyer’s house with a cross around her neck in the hope that this would save her life during the war. Four and a half years later, she was found at a convent by her father, a Warsaw Ghetto fighter named Leon Weinstein. Ms. Weinstein-Gold, now a psychologist, shared many Sabbath dinners with her father after coming to the United States in 1952.

Sarah Schweitz — Holocaust Survivor

Sarah Schweitz was born in Trikala, Greece. When her father was captured during World War II by the Germans, he was threatened with his death by the German Commandant of a Detention Camp. When asked why his life should be spared, he showed the Nazi a picture of his 31/2 year old daughter and said she was waiting for him to come home. Reminded of his own daughter, the German spared Sarah’s father’s life and let him go.

Harry Lester — Holocaust Survivor

Harry Lester, father of Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester, was formerly named Horst Littwitz, until coming to the United States on the Italian Ship Vulcania. Faced with harassment from the Nazi’s as early as 1933, Mr. Lester survived the first part of the war despite events such as the trashing of the synagogue where his bar mitzvah was to be held. Mr. Lester migrated to the U.S. with his mother in November of 1939. His father Max  was left behind because of U.S. quotas limiting immigration from Poland. Fortunately, they were joined by his father a year later.

David Langer — Son of Holocaust Survivors

David Langer is the son of Nathan and Mira, both Holocaust survivors. They immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Nathan, who grew up in a family of wine makers, later founded Langer Juice Company. A native of Krakow, Poland, he was the only survivor of his immediate family.

Rick  Van Beynen — Son of Holocaust Survivor

Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, is the son of Rachel (Kops) Van Beynen, who was born in Amsterdam in 1926. Ms. Van Beynen was the first person in the family to be taken by the German SS at age 16. She ultimately survived 10 concentration camps — including a death march from Auschwitz, when the Germans knew they were losing the war. After the war, she learned that her mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and 53 other family members had been exterminated.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice. For others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and its highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of its many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 164 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 71 areas of study. The College’s traditional semesters begin in January and September, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest higher education tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the College is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

Board to Grant Tenure to Four Faculty

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Four Cypress College faculty are poised to earn tenure on Tuesday night when the Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District recognizes them for attaining this professional milestone. Two math faculty, Adam Eckenrode and Nicole Ledesma, will be recognized along with accounting faculty Ann Sheridan Solis, and Nursing faculty Marredda Williams Cooksey. The Board of Trustees meeting is held at the Anaheim Campus, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Adam Eckenrode – Science, Engineering, Math

Adam Eckenrode came to Cypress College as a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department in Fall 2012. He taught while enrolled as a graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona and continued there as an adjunct faculty. He eventually started teaching at the University of La Verne and Mt. SAC. He described the workload as challenging and said that being asked to interview for a full-time position here at Cypress College was professionally life changing. “Accepting this position has been the greatest highlight of my career. I found a place I can call home where I get to work with amazing people within my department, throughout my division, and across the campus.”

His involvement at Cypress College includes: serving as the SEM division representative on Academic Senate, a tutor in the Math Learning Center, lead instructor for the mathematics Summer Boost Program, a Puente mentor, Strategic Plan direction committees, organizing booths at KinderCaminata, and three hiring committees.

Eckenrode received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Nicole Ledesma – Science, Engineering, Math

Nicole Ledesma started at Cypress College as an adjunct in 2011 and was hired full-time in 2012. Her career highlights include getting hired full-time, earning tenure, and “being part of the best department in the world!” At Cypress College, Ledesma has served on the Student Learning Outcomes committee and currently serves on the Basic Skills Initiative and Curriculum committees. In addition, she served as the Statistics and Pre-Algebra course coordinator.
Ledesma earned her bachelor’s (2009) and master’s (2011) degrees in Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton.

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Ann Sheridan Solis – Business/Computer Information Systems

Ann Sheridan Solis joined Cypress College’s adjunct faculty in spring 2003 and was hired as a full-time faculty member in fall 2012. She currently serves on the Curriculum Committee, Distance Learning Committee, and participates in a new Career Planning Committee. Additional activities at Cypress College include: Accounting Career Day; Student Accounting Society meetings with Cypress College students at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach; Business Club Advisor; assisting students with obtaining various accounting internships and accounting jobs; and attending professional accounting society meetings with students to assist them networking and scholarship opportunities.
She holds a Certified Public Accountant License and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Marredda Williams-Cooksey – Health Science

Marredda Williams-Cooksey, MSN, Ed., RN joined the Cypress College Nursing faculty full time in fall 2012. She was nominated as a Great Teachers Facilitator, a role she is fulfilling this month. She has also been involved on campus as a Remediaiton/Simulation Specialist for Nursing, and on the Curriculum and Accreditation committees.

She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s, her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles, and her master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Associated Students Hosts Women’s Recognition Awards

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The Associated Students hosted their annual Women’s Recognition Awards last week to cap Women’s History Month. A.S. President and Student Ambassador Angel Garcia, who contributes to @Cypress and the College Twitter feed, reports here on the event.


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The Associated Students hosted our annual Women’s Recognition Awards last Wednesday, March 30th to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Women's Recognition 2016

 In this ceremony, we recognize the wonderful women (staff, faculty, administration, and students) on campus for their hard work and dedication to Cypress College. To better gauge as to who to recognize, ballots were given to everyone on campus to nominate women for these categories: Rising Leader, Most Dedicated, Most Inspirational, Most Contributing, Most Warmhearted, and Woman of the Year.

Women's Recognition Students 2016Associated Students Chief of Staff Lona Redd was the head coordinator of this event, and the rest of the AS team helped make it all happen. Student Trustee Tanya Washington and I hosted the ceremony, and we were joined by Vice President of Campus Activities Amanda Aros and AS Committee Member Perla Bravo, who presented the awards.

Women's Recognition 2016 Karen Cant

We are very grateful to have had two amazing speakers at our event: Cypress College Vice President Karen Cant and Legacy Program Coordinator and Social Sciences Professor Regina Rhymes. Both of these amazing ladies shared their personal experiences as women working in their fields, and inspired all of us by proving the quote, “Women hold up half of the sky,” being true.

Women's Recognition Awards 2016 Lark Crumpler

Many tears were shed once Student Ambassador Coordinator and Outreach Manager Lark Crumpler was recognized as the Woman of the Year. Although many different people on campus agreed with awarding her with this prestigious award, she was still genuinely surprised! As I wrote the script for this event, I found it incredibly easy describing her dedication and sincerity.

Other award winners include:
Rising Leader
Student Trustee Tanya Washington
AS President Angel Garcia
MEChA Vice President Anissa Garcia
AS Vice President of Campus & District Affairs Rae Gelvin

Most Dedicated
STEM Director/Counselor Yanet Garcia
Dean of Library/Learning Resource Center Dr. Treisa Cassens
Professional Development Coordinator Mary Forman
Professional Development Coordinator Peggy Austin

Most Inspirational
Admissions & Records Specialist Akilah Courtney
Dean of Social Sciences Nina DeMarkey
Puente Program Coordinator/Counselor Dr. Therese MosquedaPonce
Legacy Program Coordinator/Social Sciences Professor Regina Rhymes

Most Contributing
Admissions and Records Specialist and Veterans Program Official Christy Davis
Cypress College Vice President Karen Cant
Honors Program Counselor and Transfer Center Director Penny Gabourie
Career Tech Professor Kathleen Reiland
Executive Assistant Ty Volcy

Most Warmhearted
Social Sciences Division Administrative Assistant Nancy Pound
Career Tech Counselor and Specialist Jane Jepson
Communications Office Outreach/Marketing Assistant Tracy Bassett
EOPS/CARE and CalWorks Program Coordinator Lili PerezStroud
Admissions and Records Administrative Assistant Nahid Salkovieh

Honorable Mentions
Academic Senate President and Mortuary Science professor Jolena Grande
Student Equity Director Ashley Griffith
EOPS/CARE Manager Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez
EOPS Specialist Ashley Berry
EOPS Specialist Leilani Matanguihan


Check out #AskAngel every Tuesday from 2-3 PM on Twitter!

Inclusion is Theme for First-Ever Yom HaShoah Event in May

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Holocaust Survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach is a keynote speaker at Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event in May. He is seen here speaking with Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson (right) and Photography Professor Clifford Lester (left).

 

Out Of The Darkness, We Can All Create Light

Holocaust Day of Remembrance (Yom Ha-Shoah)
May 4, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.

Location: By the Ponds

Yom Ha-Shoah exists as an annual memorial to over six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. On May 4, Cypress College pays respect to this Holocaust Day of Remembrance with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed.

The tribute features an inspiring talk by Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who will be joined by an exhibition of  the haunting and spirit-filled portraits of Survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor, Clifford Lester. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive.  The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism.

This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

Further heightening the impact of our event will be Holocaust survivors attending in person. These survivors will light candles to commemorate six million who did not. They will help us remember what no one should ever forget.

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Political Science Faculty Peter Mathews Gives Analysis on Presidential Contest

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Peter Mathews featured on Al Jeezera International and Al Jeezera English

Throughout this 2015-16 primary season, Cypress College Political Science Professor Peter Mathews has regularly appeared in publications and on television to provide his analyses on the 2016 Presidential race. A frequent commentator on local, national, and international media, he was recently interviewed for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera International where he offered context on the American electoral landscape: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and much discussed topical issues raised throughout the presidential season, including campaign finance, immigration and the middle class squeeze. Author of the book Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream For All, Professor Mathews is a respected political analyst whose long-held views are gaining wide traction.

You can view the feature video embedded on our public FaceBook page here . For regular clips and updates, please visit Peter Mathews’ YouTube channel and personal website.

#CypressCollege #PoliSci #Election2016 #AlJeezera

 

STEM Industry Partner: Edison Grant Supports Astronomy Program

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Cypress College regularly partners with industry to strengthen classroom studies so that students are better prepared for career opportunities and transfer to some of the nation’s best universities and liberal arts colleges. Southern California Edison (SCE) has done much to support our programs, faculty innovation, and student success. With guidance from CC Foundation Board Member and SCE Local Public Affairs Manager, Janelle Bader, Cypress secured a $25,000 grant in 2013 from SCE’s parent company Edison International, to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies .

Astronomy Professor Michael Frey received $5,000 of the grant to buy a 10-inch Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, which is larger and more advanced than other telescopes owned by the College. Frey uses the instrument to give students and the community high-powered views of above. During select days of the semester you can catch him in action by the Pond, both during the day (with students observing the sun, pictured above), or at one of the several evening “star parties” (open to the community) that he hosts in collaboration with the Astronomy Club. Frey also takes students on field trips, including to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert (photo below).

In an interview with Inside Edison, Frey describes how through astronomy he feels connected to the past:

“I name the stars, then have the students name them. I tell them the ancient names of the stars, that our ancestors were people just like you and me and that they have mouthed the words of the ancients, connecting them to the past.”

A view of the night sky from Joshua Tree:

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Michael Kavanaugh, Manager of Systems Technology at the College, is a former student of Professor Frey. He was so inspired by Frey’s teaching and the course material that he now volunteers his time to help Frey with astronomy events. For Inside Edison, Kavanaugh describes the power of the Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope on a recent trip to the desert:

“We saw this big blue ball — Neptune — and Uranus and nine of the planets one night. The image was so bright that I had to put on sunglasses.

Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at SCE, spoke with Inside Edison about the value that that Edison International sees in students getting this type of experience:

“As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and business growth as well as the country. So we focus our educational funding on programs that prepare students to excel in the STEM fields.”

Frey and the College are planning future steps for the astronomy program, including an observatory and planetarium in a brand new Science, Engineering, and Math building that will be constructed under the Measure J Bond Program, which voters approved in November 2014. The Meade Ritchey-Chrétien and other telescopes, which currently have to be hauled out for each viewing event, will have a permanent home in the observatory.

Frey and Kavanaugh exemplify the dedication and innovation that Cypress faculty and staff are able to bring to their jobs with the support of the community. A big thank you to Jenelle Bader, Edison, and all of the College’s partners who make this type of service to our students possible!
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#Cypress College #STEM #Industry #Partnerships #Astronomy

#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.

#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.

#3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)

#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)

15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)

#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”

Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.

2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

 

Learn to Fly: Private Pilot Ground School

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Did you know that Cypress has one of the very best aviation schools in SoCal? Our program is a hidden gem. In just two years of training, Cypress graduates go on to well-paid aviation careers (upwards of $60K). Want to know more? So did we. Edilberto Valdez – an industry expert, experienced captain, professor, and instructor to NASA pilots (!) – gave us a bit of info on our pilot certification program and aviation course offering…

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What is your career background?
I have a total of 35 years experience in aviation. I’ve served as a commercial pilot for United Airlines, and chartered private planes for corporate clients. In addition to teaching courses at Cypress, I also instruct NASA test pilots training to fly Gulfstream jets and teach international flight procedures (how to fly throughout the world).

How did you start teaching at Cypress?
I started to get involved in local education as an aviation program advisor at another institution. Through that experience I was offered a teaching opportunity, which then opened the door to a full-time faculty position here at Cypress. I think Cypress is a fantastic place to work and great community resource. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can connect my passion for flight with my love of teaching –it’s rewarding to help others find careers in the field.

What makes our aviation program stand out?
We really do have the best, most innovative flight-training program around. Our technology is the most advanced you’ll find in the Greater O.C. / L.A. region, and our curriculum practices are proven. We are known in the industry for producing great pilots… and quickly, too. In fact, most of our graduates save around $6,000 in obtaining their private pilot license – they acquire and build their skills so efficiently and solidly that they are able to launch careers immediately with certification as a flight instructor.

What kind of jobs do students get after certification?
There’s a large need for pilots across private and commercial industries. Our aviation program has been around since 1967. Over the decades we’ve built strong relationships with area employers so there’s a direct path for Cypress graduates to high-paying careers with commercial airlines, charter firms, military operations, or private instruction companies.

What is the industry pay like?
It varies depending on the niche. As a private instructor, hourly pay can range from $20 on the low starting end to $50+. If you work in the charter or commercial sectors, however, that scale will look different – salaries tend to range between $100,000 – $300,000. And the hours are relatively favorable.

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What are the perks of pilot life?
You get to fulfill a desire to fly; travel; have a flexible and variable schedule; enjoy different scenery; work with people of many backgrounds; and have a good income – that last factor is important… regardless of the job you take, you’ll be able to make a livable salary.

What kind of individual does well in the program?
Those who have always had an interest in flying do well. That’s for starters. What differentiates the best students from the rest is natural drive, curiosity and a broad interest in a variety of subjects (aviation is a multidisciplinary field that touches on physics, navigation, trigonometry, mechanics, as well as technical and procedural details).

What attracted you to flying?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with flight. As a kid my eyes were always scanning the sky…. I’m grateful to work in a field that I’ve always loved.

I would encourage anyone with an interest in flying – of any age or background – to sign-up for one of our classes. February 1, 2016 will kick-off spring semester so it’s the perfect time to start. We still have a few spaces in our beginner ATC – 132 Private Pilot course as well as our Commercial Pilot Seminar.

Class schedules and registration can be accessed via MyGateWay.

For those new to the College, register via: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/admissionsAndRecords/OpenCCCapply.aspx

For additional information on the Cypress College Aviation Program, please contact Captain Edilberto Valdez at evaledez@cypresscollege.edu

Also, check out the CC Aviation Program’s official, newly launched Instagram page for cockpit views and landscape beauty! @cypresscollegeflighttraining

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Cypress College’s Career Technical Education Division programs are among the highest ranked in the country, contributing to Cypress College’s reputation as one of the very best public community colleges. Recent 2015-16 accolades include:  

#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.
#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.
#3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)
#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)
15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)
#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”
Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.
75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles
25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

Political Science Professor Peter Mathews Interviewed by Thom Hartmann

Peter Mathews

#Motivating | Political Science Professor Peter Mathews is among Cypress faculty contributing to their educational fields outside of the classroom. A frequent commentator on local, national and international media (including the BBC), Professor Mathews was presented with the 2015 Cypress College Charger Award for his community engagement. Recently, Professor Mathews was interviewed on the Thom Hartmann Show as part of “Conversations With Great Minds” on The Big Picture (via the RT network). 


In an hour-long interview Professor Mathews spoke to his recently published book Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream For All. Campaign finance reform, international diplomacy, and the 2016 Presidential election were also topics of discussion. You can view the feature on YouTube here. For more on Profesor Mathews, view his personal website.

Cypress College hosted its 48th Commencement on Friday, May 22, 2015. A total of 1,041 students earned 1,151 associate's degrees as members of the Class of 2015. In addition, 938 occupational certificates were awarded. Two-Thirds of the graduating class, 670 students, earned transfer certification into California's public university system. The Class of 2015 had 259 members graduating with honors and another 65 graduating with high honors. More information is available in the "graduation Central" section of the College website at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu.
Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson presents Political Science Professor Peter Mathews with the 2015 Charger Award for excellence above and beyond the bounds of the classroom. 

Nationally, Cypress College is recognized for its premier faculty and their excellent classroom instruction. Professor Mathews and master faculty like him have helped the College attain several very notable recent recognitions.

In 2015-16 these include:

#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.
#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.
#3 in C.A. | Ranked Top Three California Community Colleges (Schools.com)
#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)
15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)
#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”
Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And 85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

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