Palomar College News

Athletic Alumni Honored at Hall of Fame Event

 

SAN MARCOS (February 9, 2017) – Palomar College inducted 12 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos. Pictured are the new honorees and/or their representatives as follows: from left, Jim Adkins (Cross Country/Track & Field); Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (softball); Joe Hall (football); LeAnne Walther Farmer (Swimming/ Water Polo); Joe Ismay (Wrestling/Coach); Carolyn & Greg Miller, parents of inductee, Keith Miller (Football); Allison Gibson (Soccer); Ayako & Dan Buh, parents of inductee, Andy Buh (Football); and David Faulkner (Football/Basketball).  Not pictured:  Gera Alvarez (Baseball) and Jack Wiland (Baseball/Football/Coach).

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Tom Saxe, Sports Information, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989, TsaxeJr@palomar.edu
Scott Cathcart, Director, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2464, scathcart@palomar.edu

 

Basketball Doubleheader to Benefit American Cancer Society

SAN MARCOS (Feb. 6, 2017) – Gate proceeds from Palomar College’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader at the Dome on Friday, Feb. 10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The special fundraiser is part of a joint statewide effort initiated by the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.

Opening the event will be the Comet men’s team versus San Diego Miramar at 5 p.m., followed by the PCAC Northern Division – leading and No. 4 – state ranked women’s team versus San Diego Mesa at 7 p.m. For both teams, the games are crucial as the 2016-17 California Community College regular season winds down.

“The Palomar College Athletic Program is pleased and proud to participate in this worthy effort,” said Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. “Once again, it presents our teams and student athletes with an opportunity to combine the entertainment value of intercollegiate athletics with a meaningful community-service campaign.”

Collective funds from similar events throughout the state will provide for a combined donation from the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations, which will be presented to representatives of the American Cancer Society at the state championship games, scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at Las Positas College in Livermore. Since its inception in 2010, the annual California Community Colleges effort has generated nearly $175,000 in donated revenue toward cancer research.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen,
Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Michelle Male, Senior Manager, Distinguished Events, California Division | American Cancer Society, cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345

Seventy Palomar College Fall-Sport Comets Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

SAN MARCOS, CA (January 30, 2017) –— Participants in the recently concluded 2016 Palomar College fall season of sport produced 70 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. Qualification for the award includes active participation on an in-season team, successful completion of 12-or-more semester units and a 3.0 (B equivalent) grade-point average.

For the current year’s assessment, men’s and women’s basketball was eliminated from the fall-sport grouping to be evaluated in the spring, owing to the in-progress status of the now three-unit intercollegiate class. Also and for a first time, the fall semester totals include the Athletic Department’s co-ed cheerleading program, which although not recognized as a California Community College Athletic Association or PCAC-sanctioned activity, is institutionally administrated according to similar eligibility standards.

The honored students include 14 members of the Comet football team; 10 members of the men’s water polo team; eight men’s soccer players; seven members each of the women’s water polo team, wrestling team and cheerleading squad; five women’s soccer players; four members each of the men’s cross country and women’s volleyball teams; and two women’s golfers.

Six Comet athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade point averages for the semester, including Grant Curry, Elijah Foli, Tim Sheehy and Paul Shaner of the men’s water polo team; Matt DeHaven of the men’s cross country team; and Dana Zapanta of the women’s golf team. No fewer than 24 additional fall-sport athletes achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Overall, of the 202 fall-sport participants, 139 (69%) passed 12-or-more semester units and achieved an aggregate grade-point average of 2.77.

 

Following is the complete list of 2016 Palomar College fall-sport scholar-athletes, grouped according to the individual sport programs.

CHEERLEADING

Taylor Frank

Kelly Hale-kocinski

Emily Holland

Priscilla Morelos

Maryann Perea

Allison Staub

Christina Truong

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Matthew DeHaven

Joshua Lyda

Edgar Romero

Mark Yabarra

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Marlen Amador

Maya Guerrero

FOOTBALL

Lamont Chaney

Zachary Lofting

Roger Mann*

Joshua Pichette

Christian Prince*

Ethan Reber

Justin Sattelmaier

Harry Sio

James Taumaoe

Currie Thomason

Chandler Wachholz

Bryce Willette

Semaj Wren

Nicholas Zimmerman

WOMEN’S GOLF

Michelle DeLaCruz

Dana Zapanta*

MEN’S SOCCER

Tyler Burdick

Joshua Clay

Kyle Gemmell

Ian Jaime

Marcus Lactawen

Stone McElderry*

Jiovani Molinero

Gilberto Vasquez

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Grace Busby*

Cheyanne Edwards

Ardiana Gutierrez

Lindsay Pelchat

Brittney Rosillo

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ashley Aubele

Kayla Boatright*

Lisa Eldridge

Samanatha Radebaugh

MEN’S WATER POLO

Grant Curry

Tristin D’Ambrosi*

Elijah Foli

Aaron Oreb

Ryan Rhoads

Paul Schaner*

Tim Sheehy*

Abraham Turner*

Dylan Van Horn

Zach Wagonis

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Rebekah Blackburn

Dallas Fatseas**

Jordann Heimback

Torrey Hirning

Kelly Rowan

Emma Thomas

Sydney Thomas

WRESTLING

Cameron Cox

Miguel Flores

Seville Hayes

Sean McDannold

Trevor Torres

Bruce Valdez

Le Valdez

 

*Previous honors

 

 

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Media contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

Palomar College Student Marissa Medina Says ‘Game On’ to Tennis

 

photos by Stephen Davis

 

SAN MARCOS (January 23, 2017) – Marissa Medina isn’t about to let a disability like Cerebral Palsy (CP) get in the way of establishing herself as a tennis player, or anything else for that matter.

The 23-year-old Palomar College student and Carlsbad resident completed a tennis class in December at Palomar College. Tennis is one of many physical activities Marissa participates in despite her disability.

Marissa’s first eight weeks in the 16-week class taught by Palomar Tennis Coach Ronnie Mancao were spent on her feet, along with her able-bodied fellow students. Frustrated by her limited ability to stay balanced during play, she started thinking about the idea of playing the game from a wheelchair. While she was at first apprehensive about approaching Mancao with this idea, she mustered up the courage and found that he was not only supportive, but quite knowledgeable about teaching tennis to people with disabilities.

Mancao, a longtime charter member of the Professional Tennis Registry/USA was a wheelchair clinician for that association and traveled the United States instructing other teaching pros how to teach wheelchair tennis. He also has taught tennis clinics for physically challenged individuals.  “Marissa is eager to learn and asks very specific detailed questions when I’m coaching her,” Mancao said. “She is determined to execute her motor skills properly and doesn’t make excuses concerning her tennis performance…she just asks, ‘How can I fix it Coach?’ … Marissa has a friendly, happy personality and her outlook on the world she lives in is always positive.”

A graduate of San Marcos High School, Marissa was born in Denver and was diagnosed with CP at the age of one. Her family, which includes a twin sister and an older sister, relocated to Carlsbad when she was six years old. With a lifelong interest in music, she learned to play piano when she was young and performed in the choir while in high school. She has taken music classes at Palomar and initially planned to pursue an associate degree in music; however she feared her physical instability might make it difficult to perform on stage.

Currently, she is focused on a career in early childhood education. She is preparing to receive her associate degree from Palomar in May, and then transfer to Montana State University in the fall. In addition to her studies at Palomar, Marissa has worked at the College’s Reading Center for two years. She also helps care for a toddler with disabilities and works at buybuyBABY in Encinitas, where she specializes in informing people about the proper use of car seats. “I am passionate about car seat safety,” she said and plans in the near future to become certified as a car seat installer.

According to Melinda Carrillo, chair of Palomar’s Reading Services program, “Marissa is an amazing young lady. She began her association with the Reading Services Department as a student in our transferrable Read 110 “Power Reading Class” and quickly moved on to working as a tutor for the department due to her strong work ethic. Staff and students alike look forward to working with Marissa and enjoy her quick wit and friendly personality. We are all so proud of her acceptance at Montana State and know she will shine in her studies there.”

Describing herself as “adventurous and very open,” Marissa has studied ballet and gymnastics. In the past she participated in the adaptive ski program sponsored by Palomar’s disability resource center. While she acknowledges her choice of Montana State might present some climate challenges, she looks forward to exploring skiing in Montana.

Marissa has undergone six surgeries to improve her physical abilities and plans to have Botox therapy on her leg muscles in the near future. According to an article in News Medical, Botox injections have been shown to relax the muscles in CP patients, making it easier for them to function properly http://www.news-medical.net/news.

As she anticipates graduation, Marissa reflects on her experience at Palomar College. She said when she started at Palomar, she did not have a clear direction or a lot of self confidence. However, through taking classes from some “great teachers” and working at the Reading Center, she has gained a solid sense of herself and has a positive outlook on her future. Mentioning professors including Coach Mancao, Melinda Carillo (Reading), Jose Briceño (Math) and Sean Figg (Geology), she said, “They made me feel like I can succeed!”

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Ronnie Mancao, Associate Professor/Coach, Kinesiology/Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 3560, rmancao@palomar.edu

 

Palomar College Receives Top Marks in Financial Audits — ‘Unmodified’ Opinions with No Findings

 

SAN MARCOS, CA — (January 10, 2017) Palomar College received top grades regarding its most recent financial audits, which were presented at the Palomar College Governing Board Meeting on January 10, 2017.  The District received a “clean, unmodified opinion with no findings,” the highest grade that can be attained, according to Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants.   “The District should be proud of its accomplishments, an unmodified opinion with no findings is very rare.”

“This achievement reflects the college’s commitment to exemplary fiscal management,” stated Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake.

In addition to the general financial audit, Vavrink, Trine, Day & Co., LLP also performed an audit on Proposition M resulting in a Financial Audit Report and Performance Audit Report.  According to Heidi White from Vavrink, Trine, Day & Co., who presented to the Governing Board, the Proposition M audit also received an unmodified opinion with no findings.

“An ‘unqualified’ opinion is the best type of audit report to be issued from an external auditor, indicating no deficiencies in internal control or compliance,” stated Ron Perez, Palomar’s Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services.  “Next month we are going out for our last series of bonds for Proposition M and this audit will have a positive effect on our credit rating.  We are proud of these audit reports which could not have been possible without the leadership of the District’s Fiscal Director, Carmen Coniglio and the hard work of all of the fiscal staff.”

The Annual Financial Report presented to the Governing Board is available on the College’s website at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/fiscalservices/files/2016/01/Palomar-CCD-Final-Annual-Audit-Report-2016.pdf.  The Proposition M Report is available on the College’s website at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/fiscalservices/files/2016/01/Palomar-CCD-Bond-Final-Report-Prop-M-2016.pdf.

 

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Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2365

Palomar College Radio and Television Productions Named as Finalists in Nationwide Competition

KKSM Radio is Nominated for Best Community College Radio Station in the Country

(SAN MARCOS, CA – December 23, 2016) Palomar College’s radio and television programs made it to the finals in a nationwide annual competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Named Best Community College Radio Station in last year’s IBS competition, Palomar’s KKSM radio station radio (AM 1320) was nominated again in the same category, plus received nominations this year in six other categories. This is the first year IBS has named finalists for television, and Palomar received nominations in two student productions. In both television categories, Palomar was the only community college represented among the finalists.

In addition to the overall Best Community College Radio Station nomination, Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) students nominated for radio productions are Dario Gallegos for Best Specialty Music Show, Versatil Style; Dylan Hanks for Best Commercial, Palomar College; Kenneth Hladky for Best Comedy Program, Plunther Hills Valley; Ryne Holloway for Best Public Service Announcement, YMCA Transitional Age Youth; and Kristina Thomas for Best Station Promo, KKSM:Switchin’ It Up.

Palomar College adjunct History Professor Dr. Joseph Bagnall was nominated for Best Community Volunteer Personality/Program, Doc’s Jazz.

KKSM Station Manager Zeb Navarro said, “Palomar is tied with four-year universities for these seven nominations including Indiana University, Arizona State University, and University of Kansas. What great company to be with! This shows the quality of the programs we offer and the hard work of our students, staff, and faculty. I am very proud of the KKSM team and thankful of the support from our administration.”

Palomar DBA students nominated for television productions are Jay Brown and Marty Golingan for Best Newscast, North County News 5-3-16; and Caitlin Reed for Best Talk Program, Palomar Live 12-3-15.

In the television newscast category, Palomar is alongside Western Illinois University, Ashland University, and Arkansas State University and in the talk program category other nominees include University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and William Paterson University. Pat Hahn, radio and television professor said “These nominations show that Palomar continues its tradition of having some of the best students, instructors, and program in the country!”

KKSM is a 500 watt station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Palomar College campus in San Marcos, California at 1320AM on the dial, simulcasting on Cox Digital Cable Channel 957, and worldwide on the web. For more information about Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts program, go to http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/dba/.

Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Zeb Navarro, KKSM, znavarro@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2442
Pat Hahn, Professor, Digital Broadcast Arts, phahn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964

 

 

 

 

Palomar College Governing Board Elects New Officers                                                 

SAN MARCOS, CA (December 13, 2016) – The Palomar College Governing Board elected new officers at the group’s December 13 meeting. Shown, from left are Palomar College Superintendent/President  Dr. Joi Lin Blake; Student Trustee Malik Spence; Governing Board President-elect Nancy Ann Hensch; Trustee and Outgoing President Mark Evilsizer; Secretary Dr. John Halcón; Vice President Paul McNamara; and Trustee Nina Deerfield.

Deerfield was sworn in as the newest member of the Board. She was elected to the position in November along with incumbents Halcón and Hensch.

Palomar Community  College District Governing Board voted to continue meeting on the second Tuesday of each month in the Governing Board room, Student Services Building, San Marcos campus. The San Marcos campus address is 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA .  Closed session begins at 4 p.m. and open session begins at 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are open to the public.

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Media contacts:  Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365

Palomar College Intersession Begins January 3

 

 

SAN MARCOS (December 8, 2016) – Need college credit in a hurry? With classes starting January 3, Palomar College’s winter Intersession classes pack a lot of learning into a short period of time.

Intersession is an intensive four-week term that offers the same credit as traditional semester-length classes by utilizing longer meeting times for each class. Students who enroll in Intersession can complete pre-requisites or other desired courses before spring semester begins on January  30. Classes are offered both face-to-face and online formats.

Subjects offered in face-to-face classes include athletics, child development, chemistry, cinema, disability resources, emergency medical education, fashion, and kinesiology.

Subjects offered online include business, cinema, communications, computer science and information technology, counseling, economics, graphic communications, health, history, journalism, statistics/psychology and statistics/sociology.

Most face-to-face intersession classes will be held on the San Marcos campus at 1140 West Mission Road. Emergency medical education classes will be held at the Esondido Center at 1951 East Valley Parkway.

Tuition is $46 per unit for residents. For more information or to apply for admission online at no charge go to www.palomar.edu.

 

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CONTACTs:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

 

 

Palomar College Campus is Accredited as an Arboretum

Palomar is the only Community College in the State with this Distinction

SAN MARCOS (December 8, 2016) – As Palomar College celebrates its 70th year, many would agree that the grounds of the San Marcos campus have never looked better. That impression was validated recently with the naming of the campus as a Level II Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. In California, Palomar is the only community college in California with this distinction, and along with UC Davis, one of only two college campuses in the state that are certified as Arboretums.

“The fact that the entire campus is recognized as an Arboretum, not only the Edwin and Francis Hunter Arboretum located on the northeast side of Palomar, is very exciting,” said  Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Palomar College Superintendent/President. “This is a notable distinction that places Palomar as a leader in the county.”

The requirements for ArbNet’s Level II accreditation include having an up-to-date database with a minimum of 100 woody plants. Palomar now has more than 300 plants labeled. In addition, the accreditation requires that a plant collection policy must be in place and collections defined. Palomar’s roughly 200-acre campus currently houses 31 different garden themes, plus the Endangered Coastal Sage Brush community and the Edwin and Francis Hunter Arboretum. Some examples of the garden themes are as follows: a Hardwood Garden located near the Cabinet and Furniture Technology building displays trees often used in furniture and cabinet making; a Polynesian Garden near the Teaching and Learning Center is home to a faux lava field and rainwater-filled water feature; a Cactus and Succulent Garden near Mission Road and Comet Circle features more than 3,000 species; plus many California Native Gardens and other gardens that are scattered throughout the campus.

According to Tony Rangel, Palomar’s Grounds Services Supervisor, “Arguably Palomar College has one of the greatest concentrations of plant diversity on public display within a relatively small area in San Diego County, rivaled only by Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and San Diego Botanical Garden. Including the native coastal sage scrub north and east of campus, there are 3000-5,000 species spread throughout the campus property.”

Rangel, who is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, said that Palomar’s arboretum certification contributes to the College’s Vision, Learning for Success. Arboretums display trees, shrubs and other woody plants from various locales around of the globe. “They are essentially living museums that allow for plant-based learning. Labeling and cataloging plant collections provides the public an opportunity to understand plant origins and how they fits into the global biodiversity of plants and animals,” he said. At Palomar, the arboretum also offers workshops and classes on plant care, ecology and biology.

Rangel further stated, “The Arboretum certification allows the college to work more closely and efficiently on plant-based conservation and education projects with other like-minded institutions from across the country and the globe. The certification demonstrates that the plants on campus are more than landscaping — they are part of a classroom, teaching visitors about the importance of landscaping responsibly with non-invasive plants, native plants and plants adapted to our climate. As the campus grows and diversifies over the coming years, Palomar will continue to show that we recognize and are committed to treating our botanical gems as ambassadors for conservation.”

 

 

 

ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Tony Rangel, Grounds Supervisor, 760-744-1150, ext. 2133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.

 

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Tony Rangel, Grounds Supervisor, 760-744-1150, ext. 2133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Dept. of Education Renews and Increases Grant Funded Programs at Palomar College

SAN MARCOS (November 21, 2016) – Palomar College Grant Funded Programs received a big boost from the federal government recently when the U.S. Department of Education approved and/or renewed significant grants. The grants allow Palomar College to continue offering services critical to the education of traditionally underrepresented groups. A breakdown of the grants follows:

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)known at Palomar as the North County Educational Opportunity Center received a $1.2 million grant. In addition to serving high school and college drop-outs/stop-outs, the program is geared toward individuals such as parolees, veterans and military-connected family members, and unemployed residents of North County. The aim is to help people from such groups return to school to receive their GEDs or high school diplomas, and/or college certificates or degrees.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS), serving middle school and high school students through high school graduation, received a grant for $3.6 million for five years. The existing ETS, serving Escondido Unified School District and Escondido Union High School District schools, was renewed for 1.2 million; plus a new ETS serving Vista Unified School District was granted for $1.2 million. ETS is designated for low income, first generation college bound students to ensure they stay in school, progress with grades, pursue college prep programs and classes, and are college ready with financial aid and scholarships, for college opportunities. Parent education is included in the program.

Services offered in both the EOC and ETS programs include academic, career and financial counseling. Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid forms is provided, as well as tutoring. EOC projects include career exploration and aptitude assessment. The ETS program offers mentoring and special activities for sixth, seventh and eigth graders, as well as workshops for families. More information on these programs is available at www2.ed.gov.

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Calvin One Deer Gavin, Director, Grant Funded Student Programs, Interim Director, EOPS/CARE/CalWorks/Foster Youth Palomar College, 760-744-1150, ext. 3679, onedeer@palomar.edu