High School Students Get a Taste of College, Earn Credits During Summer Connect

By Spencer Golanka

The Dual Enrollment Summer Connect Program at Cypress College is dedicated to assisting high school students reach their educational and career goals before moving on to post-secondary education.

This summer, more than 300 students participated in the program and completed up to two units of college credit during the two-week sessions. Courses in career exploration and educational planning were aimed at helping students identify occupational and educational possibilities, while also providing an orientation to the college lifestyle and developing a personalized Student Education Plan.

Students also enjoyed hands-on teaching from Cypress instructors and counselors, along with summer enrichment opportunities including various field trips, activities, and renowned guest speakers.

Keith Kaplan, Tesla Foundation CEO, spoke to Summer Connect students about the evolving workforce of the future. He emphasized the inevitable transition to unmanned aviation and artificial intelligence, as well as the enormity and complexity of space travel. Students enjoyed the presentation and especially appreciated Kaplan’s one-on-one interactions.

Students were treated to an exclusive look at the Orange County Computer Forensics Laboratory. Lab Director Chris Pluhar and Deputy Director Carlos Field taught students about the importance of investigative work not only in law enforcement, but in our everyday lives as technology is becoming ever more prevalent.

At the University of California, Irvine, Summer Connect students were fully immersed in the world of the United States legal system at the campus’ School of Law. A panel of legal personnel from local districts discussed the intricacies of the legal system and its relevance in society, along with informative lectures from law professors and a tour of UCI’s Law Library.

Students were also exposed to cutting-edge technology throughout UCI’s technological research institution. Also, program administrators led a tour of their campus and research facilities. Students had the opportunity to utilize technology that was developed by UCI graduates pursuing doctoral degrees in informatics (the study of human-technology interaction).

At California State University, Dominguez Hills, students were given the opportunity to talk with a panel of entrepreneur CEOs from businesses across the district. CEOs from various industries, including insurance and restaurant, presented students with entrepreneurial advice and real-world examples that are necessary for success in all business sectors.

Several students also began coursework in the Dual Enrollment Cybersecurity Pathway. More than 80 students enrolled in CISCO Networking classes and learned to configure and troubleshoot network devices to prepare for a highly recognized industry certification (CCENT).

Associated Students Elections Candidate Statements

The Cypress College Associated Students will be holding General Elections Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11. Students will have the opportunity to vote on AS Council candidates for the 2017-18 academic year. The elections booth will be located behind the Student Center and will be open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day. In order to vote, students will need a student ID card with current semester AS sticker, or current semester class schedule printout and a photo ID. Below are statements, as provided by the candidates.


President

Tasmia Alam

1. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?

I consider myself most qualified for this position because:

  • Served the AS Council for two years.
  • Previously held positions as Appointed Activities Coordinator and Elected Senator
  • Currently holding the position of the Executive Vice President.
  • Initiated an attendance policy within the council.
  • Successfully implemented new recruitment methods.
  • Gained firsthand experience by working alongside with the current President.
  • Possess strong leadership skills such as committed work ethic and integrity.

2. WHAT WILL BE YOUR MAIN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES IF YOU ARE ELECTED TO OFFICE?

My goals for this office are:

  • Improve the college experience of students by encouraging their involvement.
  • Bring more structure and strictness within the council thus gaining more efficiency.
  • Encourage the student body to participate for resolutions presented during the General Assembly (A three-day conference organized by SSCCC).

3. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT AREAS DOES A.S. NEED TO FOCUS MORE ATTENTION ON AND WHAT WILL YOU DO, IF ELECTED, TO IMPROVE THESE SITUATIONS?

I believe A.S needs to focus more on promoting themselves, so there are more occasions where more of us students get represented.
If elected, I will:

  • Recruit more council members.
  • Advertise through social media.
  • Represent student needs.
  • Engage the student body.

Ultimately, I’m confident that any of the duties that are assigned to me will get my undivided attention and the effort needed to accomplish it and this opportunity would extend my abilities as a leader and be part of a team whose mission and vision matches mine.

Maria Isabel Alvarez

1.    Why do you think you are the most qualified person running for this position?

I, Maria Isabel Alvarez, strongly believe I am the most qualified person running for President because I obtain 2 full years of student government. I’m taking nineteen units and successfully managing my position as Vice President of Campus Activities. I worked my way up from being only a committee member, to an activities coordinator to now upholding the position of Vice President of Campus Activities.  I organize all events on campus and outreach events as in welcome back, club rush, sex day, and finals fuel. I have had the pleasure with creating relationships with students, club members, faculty, personal, and classified. I have attended events and networked with many of the departments such as the career planning center, the humanities department, and the communications office. I hope to utilize all my knowledge, resources, and connections to do an amazing job as president. I am familiar with this institution and I am ready to begin making change for the betterment of our campus, our community, and our future. My strength is definitely student interaction with education. I am well rounded organized and a heck of a multi tasker. I am also a business major who will be innovative and get things done in an outstanding matter. I am determined to excel all expectations and be a memorable president. To do that, I want to continue to provide my

2.    What will be your main goals and objectives if you are elected to office?

If elected as president, I plan to enrich student life on campus, as my main goal. I currently sit on the food committee on campus and am aware of student’s needs. I will strive to get our food pantry that was established this year to be mentioned in all classes. The food pantry provides opportunities to students with hunger to get a free hot meal and clothing. I yearn to make students life here at Cypress College delightful and a highlight life experience. I believe making the recourses more upfront and easy to find will increase usage alike the private free tutors we have on campus that no one seems to know about. If elected shining light on these resources will be one of my main goals along with many others like creating a networking event where students can network with other students with the same major and make a longtime partners and connections.

3.    In your opinion, what areas does A.S. need to focus more attention on and what will you do, if elected, to improve these situations?

Confidence must be restored in student government where students feel they can come to the council and express their needs. I value student’s opinions, ideas, and concerns when making ANY decision. I also have an open ear and honor minority groups in a way that is fair and just for all groups and all the students as a whole to feel heard.


Executive Vice President

Robert Mounce

1.    Why do you think you are the most qualified person running for this position?

I feel the most qualified for this position because of my ability to work with people. Being a Vice President I would assist the President, so that the full responsibility would not just fall on the president, but I as well, so that the president has some of the stress off of he or she. I also think that I am the most qualified, because of my ability to work with people not just in Associated Students, but in the student body as a whole too.

2.    What will be your main goals and objectives if you are elected to office?

Some of my main goals would be first involving the student body more, so that they feel welcome into the college. As well as having Associated Students grow in members, so we have a bigger volunteer number as well as more opinions on certain subjects that come into the council. My last goal I would like to improve on is having more bonding events other than just retreat.

3.    In your opinion, what areas does A.S. need to focus more attention on and what will you do, if elected, to improve these situations?

In my opinion I think that the student body should be a focus of what AS is about. I think I would encourage Associated Students to put more events on to reach out to students before hand as well as communicate with VP of Public Relations to help advertise the events and make it look pleasing to go to.


Vice President of External Affairs

Aaron Hutching

Some of many things that qualify me as best suited for this candidacy are my joyful attitudes and vibrant characteristics. My deep and caring passion for this community and student advocacy are essential attributes for a great delegate! I have demonstrated outstanding involvement in A.S. in so much of everything we do because this is where fate has landed me. Providing the best of service, fairness, kindness, and positivity have been my objectives as a student leader; and carrying out these same goals are imbedded into me for this upcoming term.

As your V.P. of External Affairs I intend on making the best in every situation, and to do all in my power to advocate policy change for problems that arise as I have previously done so.

In my opinion what A.S. needs to improve on is outreaching to the entire student body, as I believe many people have experienced or identified issues or concerns that are in our jurisdiction to change and make better, just many may not be aware of all that we can do. There is a lot that can be done! Vote for me to help all of you!


Vice President of Public Relations

Kathryn Olimberio

Associated Students has affected my life in such a way that I cannot help but feel grateful. Student government has given me the chance to continuously impact my college and feel a part of something bigger than myself. As the current VP of PR, I hope to continue my duties next academic year so that I can continue to be involved with my college community.

I believe I am currently the most qualified for this position because I have many of the desirable skills required for the job. I excel at graphic design as well as drawing. I also am able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines. I also have experience holding the position and am able to balance the time commitment with my studies considerably well. Due to my work experience at the campus bookstore, I have strong communications skills as well as strong work ethic and am able to work with a wide variety of people in order to complete tasks.

If I am elected, my main goal in this position is to encourage more students to join and increase awareness of our Associated Students. While in office I hope that my time will be used to efficiently recruit more people so that we will have a wide variety of students who can accurately represent our student population. Aside from increasing awareness, I hope to establish a strong connection with faculty and staff so we can collaborate on announcing events to the student population. The more we connections we make, the wider our scope of influence reaches.  Though A.S. runs considerably well at its current state, I believe A.S. needs to focus mainly on recruitment and encouraging commitment. The problem is that A.S. students are not held accountable when they are violating bylaws or failing to adhere to deadlines. It is also especially important for elected members to lead by example so that others may follow. As a student government, it is our job to act professionally. Our actions affect our events and activities. As an elected member I will actively encourage people to stick with their commitments and hold themselves accountable for their actions. If we are lacking in volunteers, I will always be quick to step in and assist in the hopes that others will follow my example. Aside from resolving commitment issues, it is also important that we are consistently recruiting new members. New members are the future of A.S. When the current elected members graduate, there must be people to take their place. As an elected member I will devote time and energy toward recruiting individuals who can fulfill these leadership roles. If all of our elected members were to recruit even one person, it would help significantly. My focus is not only on the present but on the future. It is my personal goal to nurture the current council, so that Associated Students will continue to impact and affect lives just as it did mine.


Executive Secretary

Monica Santana

I believe I am the most qualified person for this position, because I have a full academic year of experience as the A.S Executive Secretary. I know how to be an organized and efficient Secretary, with the proper time management skills to get the job done. I also have previous A.S council experience, so I am fully ready, devoted, and prepared for the 2017-2018 council.

My main goals and objectives if elected to office, are to be an even better Secretary than I was this past year. I will make sure to have the minutes done quickly without the mistake of having them a little late, (which was due to lack of proper knowledge of the position). I hope to achieve this goal by becoming more organized, and balance out my school work/jobs/ and A.S work a lot better.

A.S needs to focus on having a stricter executive board. That way we are all present, at all the meetings, at all times. This will lead to better council communication and better teamwork. If I am elected, I will make sure to remind everyone the importance of attending every business/general meeting to set a good example to future executive board/and or council members.


Student Trustee

Daniel Sebastian

  1. I am most qualified for the position of Student Trustee, because I’ve had previous experience in A.S government. Also because of the opportunity to be in a leadership position previously as the Vice president of Fiscal Affairs. Having these necessary qualifications means that I already know how to interact with both faculty and students, which will allow me to do the best possible job.
  2. My main goals will be to properly and effectively run the positon of Student Trustee by increasing the communication between the Cypress College student government and the Board of Trustee committee, mainly so that by the end of the year our bonds with the faculty working at the board will be heavily enforced. Another one of my goals will be to work with our students here at Cypress to find issues that need to be heard and resolved.
  3. I believe our AS government needs to improve on the way we show our presence here on campus and the effect we can have to make a change. I will try to inspire as many students as I can so that they will aware of our student advocacy & government, so that they can also be a part of making a change in our schools.

President Finalists Speak on Campus

The five finalists to become the 12th president of Cypress College were on campus today to engage with students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

The NOCCCD Board of Trustees will interview the candidates tomorrow, Friday, March 31.

To provide feedback for Board consideration, fill out this survey. Surveys are due by 8 p.m. tonight (March 30) to be compiled and provided to the Board.

Here are some highlights from each candidate:

Gregory Peterson

Vice President of Student Services, Long Beach City College

  • Peterson was a first-generation community college student and has served as vice president of student services at two Hispanic Serving Institutions.
  • Said “building flexibility” within the system can help students achieve further.
  • Talking about being student-centered, said we must look at questions like “What’s in the best interest of students?”; “What will have the greatest impact on students?”; “What’s the most we can do to move the needle for student success?”
  • Said getting more students involved in governance and engaging with students in conversation about the things that will impact them is important in the decision-making processes.
  • Said Cypress is a “very strong institution that has flown under the radar in many ways…I see this as an opportunity to support what exists, to help move forward, to gain…more visibility” for the work done at the College.

Omid Pourzanjani

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Golden West College

  • Pourzanjani taught at multiple SoCal higher education institutions while also in leadership positions in private sector tech companies.
  • Said creating an environment where students feel comfortable learning is contingent on creating an environment where students feel safe.
  • Said he recognizes that there are two major barriers to student success: financial stability and student health and engagement.
  • When asked a question about the role of classified staff, says they are the glue that keeps colleges running. He further emphasized, “We are all here to help students succeed.”
  • Our goal is to help students get through the system, achieve educational goals, and help them go, transfer, get a job, he said. Having the right student services is absolutely critical.
  • Closed his Q&A listing his skills and expertise. He also reiterated that he was also once a community college student and understands the challenges many students face, saying he will work to correct and address those issues.

JoAnna Schilling

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rio Hondo College

  • In addition to her position at Rio Hondo, Schilling was also vp of academic affairs and asst. superintendent at Cerritos College.
  • Started her opening remarks saying “we change lives” when we empower students, believe in them and let them know we’re invested.
  • One of her passion projects is lowering textbook costs for college students.
  • Addressing the College’s Measure J construction projects, pressed the importance of communicating broadly and being very visible and transparent with all parties who might have an interest in the projects.
  • Said if she were the next Cypress president, it would be her job to fight for resources the campus needs to make sure the College is sound.
  • Said it’s important to celebrate the great work we do, but also look forward and ask, “How do we get to that next level?”

Watch a replay of Dr. Schilling’s forum here.

Arvid Spor

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Citrus College

  • Spor has worked in higher ed for 20+ yrs at CSULB, El Camino College, and Citrus College. He was also an adjunct at Cypress in the mid-90s.
  • Said he always asks, “What are we doing for students,” when thinking of current and future needs of colleges.
  • Said everything we do needs to be about the students. We have to make students feel they’re wanted and like they belong at the college.
  • Said it’s critical to look at what the business community wants and making certain we’re providing services that help students find employment.
  • Said it’s important to celebrate cultural awareness and diversity, and expressed support for programs like Puente and Legacy. He was a mentor for both.
  • Addressing the College’s B.S. Funeral Science starting in the fall as part of a statewide pilot, he said while it makes sense for community colleges to offer bachelors degrees, he wants to make sure that if it’s done, it’s done right and with careful consideration.
  • Has a broad range of educational experience from working as a professor, in student services, as an administrator, handling accreditation and enrollment management.

Gregory Anderson

Vice President of Instruction, Cañada College

  • Over the years, Anderson has taught and directed at all levels of education around the world.
  • “I want to be the type of president that’s seen as accessible,” he said.
  • Talking about the Measure J construction, said his job is to ensure clear processes are working, be upfront about expectations from the beginning, and have transparency in documentation. We must “design buildings that enhance student learning.”
  • Said cohort programs like Puente are important because they show students we care about them.
  • When asked about the Cypress College-SCE connection, he said he sees an opportunity to continue doing what we do well, and then possibly go further and expand that. The focus should be on the students in the programs and why they are where they are.
  • In his closing, encouraged all to continue asking him questions, and thanked the college community for the opportunity.

Campus Holds Third Accreditation Open Forum

Accreditation Self Study Chair Liana Koeppel and Accreditation Liaison Officer Philip Dykstra

Cypress College is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the United States. The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Colleges follow a seven-year cycle during which institutional review is continuous. Cypress College is currently undergoing a comprehensive self evaluation in preparation for a visit by a team of peers in October 2017.

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As part of the self evaluation, three open forums have been held in order to inform the College community about the process and to solicit feedback on the drafts that the Self Study Standards sub-committees have produced. The third of these forums was held Wednesday, February 1st. The next step in the self-study timeline is submission of the first draft of the report to the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, who will review it at their February 14th meeting.

Please click here to read and comment on the Draft Self Study. Suggested revisions made by Sunday, February 5th will be reviewed prior to the draft being sent to the Board of Trustees. For further information on accreditation, please click here for our accreditation main page.

Puente + Honors at SLO

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Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly SLO

Our Cypress College Puente and Honors Programs recently toured Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s beautiful Central Coast campus. Nestled in the region’s impressively lush, verdant hills and equipped with stunning facilities, SLO left its mark on our group.

First stop on our tour was the newly constructed Waren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics. If you’re in a STEM field of study, this seems to be a very interesting, up-and-coming place to be. Aside from its gleam of sheer “newness” – always appealing – every student and faculty member we came across was full of pride for the institution and its focus on the undergraduate experience.

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Cal Poly SLO Center for Science and Mathematics

Cal Poly lives in accord with its “Learn by Doing” philosophy, which means that students are expected to take part in experiential learning opportunities. They work directly with senior faculty (not T.A.’s) on compelling research and final year projects: finding antidotes to malaria, creating a company acquired by Google (Punchd), founding Jamba Juice… exceptional examples of Cal Poly students at their best. They take part in summer internships. They build relationships with professors who, given small class sizes and an institutional emphasis on teaching, prioritize mentorship.

Our guide selected Cal Poly over Berkeley because of this undergraduate focus, which she felt would provide her with a stronger educational base. We heard similar stories and sentiments from other STEM students we met.

Following our tour of the new science and mathematics building, we also viewed the similarly new gym. Incredible. Students have access to top-notch equipment, indoor and outdoor basketball, tennis, and track facilities, pools, sand volleyball courts, professional classes in spinning and yoga, and so much more. It’s no wonder that most people on campus seem exceptionally fit.

Capping off the day, we went into the very college town of San Luis Obispo and found food at the earthy, hip, lively evening Farmers Market.

A gallery of our half-day tour can be found online here.

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Cypress Puente & Honors Programs, Cal Poly SLO visit, Spring 2016.

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Cypress College is recognized as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent 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

#CypressCollege #CalPolySLO

Political Science Professor Peter Mathews Interviewed by Thom Hartmann

#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.

#Cypress College #Motivating


Legacy Program Attends Umoja Conference

The Legacy Program is one of the various ways that the College helps students reach their dreams of college success. With an emphasis on the African American experience in the United States, the program focuses on assisting educationally underrepresented populations of students. Legacy combines a  strong and focused academic curriculum with counseling, mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities. Recently, students and faculty from the program joined with their sister program at Fullerton College, the Umoja Community, to attend the statewide Umoja Community Conference.

Cypress and Fullerton College faculty conference attendees:

Legacy and Fullerton faculty

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a statewide community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of students with an emphasis on the African American experience.

Legacy students showing pride in their program:

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The conference ran from November 6-7 in Oakland with the theme Our Students Matter: Cultural Democracy; Equity As Action, and featured breakout sessions, a College Fair, and guest speakers. At a time of great national discussion of diversity and equity, the Umoja Conference brought together the voices of students, presenters, and other participants to “…explore equity as a verb, an act of doing.”

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Programs such as Legacy have helped the College attain several very notable recent recognitions.

In 2015 these include:
#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)
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

Thank you to Legacy Program students and faculty for your active participation in discussing these important issues.

Art Professor Paul Paiement’s Work Featured in Italian Publication

#Motivating | Cypress College has many incredible faculty with strong professional backgrounds in their discipline.  Art Professor Paul Paiement is an example of those who not only bring past professional experience, but continue to practice and innovate in their field.  The Italian publication La Toscana recently featured his “Una Moderna Wunderkammer” show,  which ran from October 10-November 10 at the Florence Dance Center in Florence, Italy.

Musca Ducatica(Photo credit: www.undo.net)

Professor Paiement began teaching at Cypress College in 1996. An alumnus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in New York, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, England, France, Austria, Japan, Chicago, and Southern California.

His recent exhibition was curated by Adelinda Allegretti and featured 17 paintings from Paiement’s “Hybrids” series.

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On his website, Professor Paiement writes that his work:

“…addresses technology’s influence on society in two primary ways. I first consider the fusion of the organic and inorganic through the concept of cyborgs. Cyborgs are a hybrid of machine and organism created to enhance nature. Evidence of these sci-fi inventions exists in robotics, prosthetics, DNA testing, cloning, etc. Secondly, I choose to paint the subjects, rather than digitally render them to display distrust in our culture’s deification of technology.”

Paul Paiement Opening 2(Photo courtesy Paul Paiement)

Professor Paiment’s involvement in his field is indicative of the level of quality of the Fine Arts faculty at Cypress, and College alumni are well represented across fields in the creative arts.

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A video showing the exhibition is on YouTube. To see more examples of Professor Paiment’s work, you can check out his personal website here and Instagram page here. For a past post we did on his work, you can click here.

Congratulations, Professor Paiment, and thank you for your work in the arts and with your students!

#CypressCollege #motivating

15 High Growth Careers for Introverts

#Majors2Careers | How do you recharge? Is it by spending some time alone? Does being around people for long periods of time – particularly large crowds – drain you of energy? Do you need downtime after socializing? If you tend to say yes, your general personality probably gravitates more toward Introversion, in company with anywhere between 30-50% of people worldwide.

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(Infographic via CNN)

First defined as a core psychological type by Carl Jung in 1921, introverts feel energized when they spend time alone. Research suggests that extroverts may have a slightly different mix of brain chemistry than introverts, and a distinct neural pathway for processing stimuli. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum, you probably have some inclination as to where you lie.

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(Infographic via CNN)

With introverts in mind, we’ve created a short list of the 15 fastest growing occupations based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics that might match your natural energy style. In addition to having above-average projected growth (+15%) through 2022, the careers listed have been filtered to include only those with a median annual salary of $50K and above (we all know California is an expensive place to live). Some of these you’ll find in the 15 best jobs for extroverts list as well since they also allow for plenty time to interact with people and groups.

Keep in mind that any career, even one with a very bright future, must be suitable for you based on your unique values, interests, aptitudes, personality type, feelings about the job duties and evaluation of the overall work environment. The Career Planning Center can help you thoroughly determine your best majors and career options via a number of personality and interest assessments. More on that here.

To discover additional career options that line-up with your unique personality and interests, please join us this Tuesday November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will also be available all day (9am-4pm) for one-on-one advice, workshops and majors / career guidance.  In addition, there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including ipads, ipods, self-assessments, a Linkedin professional photo booth, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Graduate Degree

1. Orthotist and Prosthetist
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $62,970 in 2013.
What they do: Orthotists and prosthetists, commonly called O & P professionals, design and fit patients for medical supportive devices including artificial limbs. They must earn a master’s degree and complete a one year residency program before they can practice. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

2. Audiologist
Employment Growth: 34%
Average Annual Salary: $71,170 in 2012
What they do: Audiologists diagnose hearing problems and balance disorders. They then treat these issues after determining their causes and their impact on the patients. To become an audiologist, one must earn a Doctor of Audiology degree (AuD). A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

3. Anesthesiologist
Employment Growth: 20%
Average Annual Salary: $232,830 in 2012
What they do: Anesthesiologists are physicians who specialize in providing pain relief for patients, and they usually work in hospital or surgical outpatient settings. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

4. Architect
Employment Growth: 17%
Average Annual Salary: $94,000 in 2013.
What they do: An architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. The Mathematics and Physics Departments at Cypress can be a great help for you getting started in transfer studies for this field.

Bachelor’s Degree

5. Information Security Analyst
Employment Growth: 37%
Average Annual Salary: $88,590 in 2013.
What they do: Information security analysts help companies and organizations protect their computer networks from intrusions. They investigate violations if they occur. The MathematicsPhysics, and Computer Science Departments at Cypress can be a great help for you getting started in transfer studies for Computer Science or Programming. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

6. BioMedical Engineer
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $88,670 in 2013.
What they do: Biomedical engineers first analyze and then solve problems having to do with biology and medicine. This includes designing, developing and evaluating devices such as artificial organs, prostheses and instruments. They also create procedures, such as medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

7. Market Research Analyst
Employment Growth: 32%
Average Annual Salary: $60,800 in 2013.
What they do: Market research analysts conduct research and analyze data in order to help companies determine what products and services to sell, how much to charge for them and where and how to sell them. While some professionals in this field have degrees in market research, many come from a diversity of academic backgrounds. Cypress has many strong programs that can help get you started in this field, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in Business AdministrationCommunication StudiesMathematicsPsychology, and Sociology.

8. Geographer
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $74,750 in 2013.
What they do: Geographers do research about the physical characteristics, as well as the inhabitants, of a particular region of the earth. They work for governments and businesses who use this information to plan for the building of highways and homes, respond to disasters and implement marketing strategies. Cypress has an excellent Geography Department that can get you started in this field, including an AA-T in Geography.

9. Operations Research Analyst
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $74,630 in 2013.
What they do: After identifying problems businesses are having, operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to solve them. They help set prices, schedule production and allocate resources. Analysts typically have degrees in technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

10. Actuaries
Employment Growth: 26%
Average Annual Salary: $94,340 in 2013.
What they do: Actuaries, after determining the risk of events occurring, help their employers minimize their associated costs. They use statistical analysis, as well as modeling and database software. Actuaries need a bachelor’s degree, typically in mathematics, actuarial science, statistics, or other analytical fields. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer, and coursework from the Business and Computer Information Systems Division and Economics Department may be needed as well.

11. Computer and Information Systems Manager
Employment Growth: 15%
Average Annual Salary: $132,570
What they do: These workers help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals. The Science, Engineering, and Math or Business and Computer Information Systems divisions have strong programs to you getting started in transfer studies for Computer Science or Information Systems. 

Associate Degree or Certificate

12. Ultrasound Technician
Employment Growth: 44%
Average Annual Salary: $65,210 in 2011.
What they do: Ultrasound technicians help diagnose patients’ illnesses by using special equipment that emits sound waves. The great Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Cypress can launch you into this career.

13. Cardiovascular Technologist
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $51,020 in 2011.
What they do: Cardiovascular technologists use invasive and non-invasive procedures to help doctors diagnose and treat coronary and vascular problems. While Cypress does not have a program in this field, coursework in in STEM studies might help meet prerequisite requirements for those at other institutions.

14.  Respiratory Therapists
Employment Growth: 28%
Average Annual Salary: $55,250 in 2013.
What they do: Respiratory therapists, in consultation with doctors, develop treatment plans for patients who have breathing or cardiopulmonary problems. While Cypress does not have a program in this field, coursework in in STEM studies might help meet prerequisite requirements for those at other institutions.

15. Radiologic Technicians
Employment Growth: 28%
Average Annual Salary: $55,120 in 2011.
What they do: Radiologic technicians use special imaging equipment, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and mammograms, to diagnose injuries and diseases. Cypress has a strong Radiologic Technology Program that can get you into this field.

On a sidenote, it’s important to mention that personality type is not necessarily a fixed characteristic. We all grow and change throughout life so that an inherent quality can be modified with effort (acquired quality). Also, most of us are natural situational ambiverts, depending on any one situation we can adapt our personality characteristics.

Keep in mind – There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. —Carl G. Jung

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15 High-Growth Careers for Extroverts

#Majors2Careers | How do you recharge? Is it by being social? Do you feel energized and inspired when you’re with a group? If you tend to say yes, your general personality probably gravitates more toward extroversion, in company with anywhere between 50-70% of people worldwide.

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(Infographic via CNN)

First defined as a core psychological type by Carl Jung in 1921, extroverts feel energized with others and seek out group situations. Research suggests that extroverts may have a slightly different mix of brain chemistry than introverts, and a more direct neural pathway for processing stimuli. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum, you probably have some inclination as to where you lie.

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(Infographic via CNN)

With extroverts in mind, we’ve created a short list of the 15 fastest growing occupations based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics that might match your natural energy style. In addition to having above-average projected growth (+15%) through 2022, the careers listed have been filtered to include only those with a median annual salary of $50K and above (we all know California is an expensive place to live). Some of these you’ll find in the 15 best jobs for introverts list as well since they also allow for time to recharge from interaction and reflect.

Keep in mind that any career, even one with a very bright future, must be suitable for you based on your unique values, interests, aptitudes, personality type, feelings about the job duties and evaluation of the overall work environment. The Career Planning Center can help you thoroughly determine your best majors and career options via a number of personality and interest assessments. More on that here.

For the time being, please join us join us this Tuesday November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase to discover additional career options that may line-up with your personality and interests. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will also be available all day (9am-4pm) for one-on-one advice, workshops and majors / career guidance.  In addition, there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including ipads, ipods, self-assessments, a Linkedin professional photo booth, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Graduate Degree

1. Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists
Employment Growth: 53%
Average Annual Salary: $80,330 in 2013
What they do: I-O Psychologists solve workplace problems by applying psychological principles to them. A masters degree is required. A good place to start is with an Associate Degree for Transfer in Psychology. Cypress has a strong program.

2. Genetic Counselor
Employment Growth: 41%
Average Annual Salary: $63,590 in 2013.
What they do: Genetic counselors analyze the risk an individual or couple has of conceiving a child who has a genetic disorder or birth defect. To work in this field, one needs at least a master’s degree in genetics or genetic counseling. Many genetic counselors have a PhD. Cypress can get you started with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.

3. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teacher
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $85,030 in 2013.
What they do: Postsecondary health specialties teachers instruct high school graduates in a variety of health-related courses, including laboratory technology, therapy, dentistry and veterinary science. One typically needs a doctorate degree to work in this occupation but at some institutions a master’s degree will suffice. All of Cypress’ Health Science programs are very strong in these fields.

4. Physical Therapists
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $81,030 in 2012.
What they do: Physical therapists (PTs) work with people who have disabling conditions or who have been in accidents. They provide treatment that restores their patients’ functions, improves their mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or limits permanent physical disabilities. Their training includes earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. An AA-T in Kinesiology can give you a good start. Cypress has a strong program.

5. Postsecondary Nursing Instructor
Employment Growth: 35%
Average Annual Salary: $65,940 in 2013
What they do: Postsecondary nursing instructors teach patient care to nursing students. They work in the classroom and in clinical settings. To do this, one needs at least a master’s degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.

6. Nurse Practitioner
Employment Growth: 34%
Average Annual Salary: $92,670 in 2013
What they do: Nurse practitioners provide primary healthcare to patients. One must earn a master’s degree after first getting a degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.

7. Marriage and Family Therapists
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2013
What they do: Marriage and family therapists work with clients who have psychiatric disorders including anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and substance abuse. They work with families, couples and individuals, taking into consideration the effect of relationships on these disorders and vice versa. One needs a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in order to practice this profession. A good place to start at Cypress can be studies to transfer in Liberal Studies or one of the Social Sciences, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in Psychology or Sociology.

8. Orthodontist
Employment Growth: 16%
Average Annual Salary: $196,270
What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance. A doctorate in dentistry with a specialization in orthodontics is required; expect 4 years of undergrad / 4 years of dental school + 2 to 3 years of orthodontic speciality school. A good place to start is with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.

Bachelor’s Degree

9. Event Planner
Employment Growth: 33%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2015
What they do: Event planners coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows, private parties and other events. They arrange for venues, catering, decorations and entertainment. Business Administration or Communication Studies at Cypress, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in both disciplines, can get you off to a great start in this field.

10. Content Strategist 
Employment Growth: 32%
Average Annual Salary: $80,000 in 2015
What they do: Content strategists are strong communicators. They are responsible for creating a unified message for their organization. A masters degree in communications, marketing, business, or public relations is generally preferred. Cypress can help get you into this field with studies to transfer in Business Administration, Communication Studies, or Communications/Journalism.

11. Personal Financial Advisor
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $75,320 in 2013
What they do: Personal financial advisors assist people with investment decisions. They help their clients plan for short and long term financial goals. A good place to start is the Business Division at Cypress, including the AS-T in Business Administration.

Associate Degree or Certificate 


12. Physical Therapists Assistant
Employment Growth: 46%
Average Annual Salary: $51,040 in 2013
What they do: Physical therapist assistants (PTAs), under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, treat patients by helping them perform exercises, administering electric stimulation and using message and stretching. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.


13. Ultrasound Technician
Employment Growth: 44%
Average Annual Salary: $65,210 in 2011
What they do: Ultrasound technicians help diagnose patients’ illnesses by using special equipment that emits sound waves.
 The great Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Cypress can launch you into this career.

14. Occupational Therapy Assistant
Employment Growth: 43%
Average Annual Salary: $52,040 in 2013
What they do: Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), under occupational therapists’ supervision, help clients regain the ability to perform daily living and work activities. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.


15. Dental Hygienist
Employment Growth: 38%
Average Annual Salary: $69,280 in 2013
What they do: Dental hygienists provide preventative dental care and teach patients how to maintain good oral health. They typically work in dentists’ offices. Cypress has a strong Dental Hygiene program that can get you into the field.

On a sidenote, it’s important to mention that personality type is not necessarily a fixed characteristic. We all grow and change throughout life so that an inherent quality can be modified with effort (acquired quality). Also, most of us are natural situational ambiverts, depending on any one situation we can adapt our personality characteristics.

Keep in mind:  There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. —Carl G. Jung

#Majors2Careers (Please join us this Tuesday, November 17th!)

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