College Recognizes Facilities Director for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Cypress College thanked Albert Miranda, Physical Plant and Facilities director, for his efforts to decrease the college’s carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency and waste management. Plaques on the college’s new HVAC generators recognize Miranda’s contributions to the campus. They read: “For CC Students & in Appreciation of Albert Miranda.”

Miranda has been with Cypress College for 40 years, having started his career in the facilities department. He helped prepare the college’s Facilities Master Plan in 2016 and spearheaded the college’s North Campus Thermal Energy Project to increase cooling capacity for both existing and future buildings on campus. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member for the district’s School of Continuing Education ESL program.

Cypress College Welcomes 12th President Dr. JoAnna Schilling

The Cypress College community welcomed the 12th College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling on her first day on campus. She met with her executive leadership group and toured the campus, meeting students, staff, and faculty while also familiarizing herself with the campus. She looks forward to meeting more of the campus community in the coming weeks.

Prior to her arrival at Cypress College, Dr. Schilling was Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Hondo College, where she also previously served in multiple roles as the Dean of Arts and Cultural Programs, Continuing and Contract Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2006-2012. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Schilling served at Cerritos College as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent.

Dr. Schilling is also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter, as well as a classically trained vocalist. Prior to her experience in higher education, she was a literary associate and educator in the professional conservatory at South Coast Repertory Theatre. She is the author of recent journal publications in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Enterprise, and Management Learning, was a contributing editor at Dog Fancy Magazine, and is the author of three “Dog Lover Companion” books for Avalon Travel Publishing/Perseus Books.


Tesla Foundation CEO Talks Workforce of the Future

Tesla Foundation CEO Keith Kaplan stopped by the Cypress College campus Thursday, June 22 to talk to high school students enrolled in the college’s Summer Connect Program about the workforce of the future. Technological shifts and advanced automation have created many new jobs in exciting industries like space travel and unmanned aviation (drones).

The college hosted over 200 students in classes for career exploration, educational planning, and CISCO networking during the June Summer Connect session. Students participated in field trips to area universities, including the University of California, Irvine and Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Another couple of hundred students are expected to attend the July Summer Connect session.