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Community Open House In April

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we are inviting the entire community to our campus for a free Community Open House, a fun-filled, family-oriented festival on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. The theme is "50-Year Spectacular! A Sizzling Weekend Celebration." We are encouraging all faculty, staff and administrators to support, participate and attend. Over two action-packed days, we will feature events where you'll jump and jive to the sounds of the dazzling decades, plus make history with a Guinness Book of World Records attempt.

On Friday, April 13, the scheduled activities include student performances (singers, guitars, jazz, and more) in the Main Quad from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a "Sock-Hop Dance" in the Main Gym featuring live music from our very own Rick Trestrail's "Footloose" band playing classic tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. The dance (free admission) runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and will include prizes and giveaways. Classic cars will be on display, and food specials will be available from  "Ms. Patty Melt" and "Sweets in Motion" food trucks.

Then, on Saturday, April 14, everyone is encouraged to attend the 9:30 a.m. dedication ceremony for our two brand new buildings, followed by a Departmental Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring exhibits, interactive demonstrations, activities and classes showcasing our faculty and all that Grossmont College has to offer. Let your divisional dean know your plans for showcasing the college's outstanding learning environment. In addition to the Department Fair, our community members will be able to indulge in culinary creations from a dozen of San Diego's most famous food trucks, offering free samples and an abundance of luncheon choices.

Most importantly, at noon, we will put Grossmont College on the world map by setting a Guinness World's Records attempt in the Main Quad. A free t-shirt will be available for every participant who attends the world's records attempt.

So, mark your calendars and join in this celebration! Families are invited, especially ages 12 and up (no child care will be available). For updates, tell your friends and neighbors to visit

Looking for couples who met their spouse at Grossmont College

Grossmont College is looking for former students, faculty and staff members who met their spouses at Grossmont College. The couples who respond to college officials will be invited to attend a free pre-Valentine’s Day reception to be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 on the El Cajon campus. The event will be one of several the college is planning as part of its year-long 50-year anniversary celebration, to be held from June 2011 to June 2012. The reception is planned to feature refreshments and live music, including love songs from the past five decades.

According to President Sunny Cooke, one of every three adults currently living in East County has enrolled in a class at Grossmont College sometime during their life. “We will be diligent over the next year to identify couples whom we can recognize and honor for finding love at Grossmont College,” said Cooke. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Grossmont College’s Office of College and Community Relations at (619) 644-7840, or send an e-mail to



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