San Diego Community College District
Pathways to Health Care Careers
In partnership with local health care employers, the San Diego Community College District is playing
an increasingly significant role in providing a workforce for the rapidly-growing health care industry.
True to its mission, the District’s colleges and Continuing Education continue to develop academic and
occupational training programs that produce a wide variety of professionally-trained health care workers.
Nursing, emergency medical technician, radiologic technology and nursing assistant degree and
certificate programs are among the many health care related offerings districtwide.
Radiologic Technology @ Mesa College
Employment of radiologic technologists (RT)
is expected to grow faster than the average for all
occupations through 2014, increasing the demand for
RT careers offer a promising future, job stability and
good salaries. As technology advances and the American
population ages, the demand for radiologic exams and
procedures is soaring.
Mesa’s programs work in partnership with 13 regional
medical facilities, including Children’s, Scripps Mercy,
UCSD and Sharp hospitals.
Former Mesa College student
Shawndene Hayes operating X-ray All 32 of the RT students who graduated in 2007
equipment at Sharp Memorial Hospital. have become licensed practitioners and the majority were
offered permanent positions with their mentor facilities.
Training includes operation of X-ray, nuclear medicine
Teaching Assistant Joe Zakar and ultrasound equipment, patient care and ethics.
(standing right) trains Miramar
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) @ Miramar College
As emergency health care providers, EMTs provide medical care and transportation to the
ill and injured. EMT-B is an entry level training course for careers in paramedicine, physician
assistant, nursing and medicine. Most public safety careers, including firefighter, lifeguard, law
enforcement, and search and rescue require EMT certification.
Miramar College offers certifications for National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-
1 Basic, EMT-Basic Recertification Training, Emergency Medical Technician-Defibrillation/
Esophageal Tracheal Airway Device (EMT-DC).
Courses offered include CPR, re-certifications, internships, and in-service training in advanced
cardiac, pediatric and pre-hospital trauma life support. continued on page 4
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It Takes a Village to Solve a Parking
Problem: A New Parking Structure
for Mesa College
Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D.
Chancellor, If one were to ask how many CEOs it takes engaged in this solution as well.
San Diego Community to solve a parking problem, the answer would Also involved were citizens’ organizations
be “quite a few.” Added to the list would be (both pro and con), the San Diego Planning
scores of others, from designers to planning Commission and the City Council, since their
Mesa presidents and District groups to advocates to student groups to approval was needed to acquire another parcel
chancellors led the effort:
facilities specialists. The list would be long. of property for this project. It seemed at some
Since 1989, the San Diego Community times in this arduous process over the years that
College District and San Diego Mesa College positive decisions were about to be made and at
had been working tirelessly to solve the other times that all was lost.
horrific parking problem at the District’s In the end, however, on a sunny day
largest campus. A succession of Mesa College in December 2007, fully 18 years after
presidents and District chancellors led this the first effort was made, we finally held a
frustrating effort: Presidents Allen groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate our
en Brooks, Constance Carroll and Rita great victory for our students and the beginning
Cepeda; and Chancellors Bill Wenrich, of the end of their parking misery. In the
Augie Gallego and Constance Carroll. chronicle of triumphs, this will seem minor, if
Members of the Board of Trustees it ever makes the cut at all, but it has enormous
complete this leadership story. meaning for all of us.
Because the acquisition of San Diego This was a wonderful example of democracy
Unified School District property was key at work, with all of its frustrating processes and
to this project, a succession of school long lists of participants. It was also a textbook
superintendents was also involved: lesson in persistence, patience and tenacity.
Bill Tom Payzant, Bertha Pendleton, Alan And, best of all, it’s over.
Bersin and Carl Cohn. Members of Congratulations to everyone who helped!
the SDUSD Board of Education were
Architectural rendering of Mesa College
parking structure and police substation.
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Major Mesa Gateway Facelift
Moves Closer To Reality
The recent groundbreaking for the College’s a reception lobby, staff office, conference areas,
“The five-level $29.3 million Mesa College Drive parking locker and exercise rooms and other secure
facility will structure, entryway, and police substation was areas.
hailed as a major step in the history of the 44- Architect Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker
year-old college in Kearny Mesa. designed the facility and Douglas E. Barnhart,
for an estimated “It represents the first seed in what will Inc., is the general contractor.
1,100 vehicles.” become a modernized campus for the 21st Guidelines set by the SDCCD call for all
Century,” Mesa College President Rita Cepeda new construction projects to meet the highest
stated at the December groundbreaking. Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Construction is expected to be completed by Design (LEED) certification possible. This
January 2009. project has already achieved Silver Certification
The five-level facility will include from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Below left: From left are SDCCD much-needed parking for an estimated 1,100 At the groundbreaking, SDCCD Chancellor
Trustees Bill Schwandt and
Marty Block, Chancellor Carroll, vehicles and a 7,000-square-foot police station. Constance Carroll, who served as president
Trustee Rich Grosch, Mesa Only two of the five stories will be visible of Mesa College from 1993 to 2004, said the
President Rita Cepeda, and from the street because the structure is being project enables the college to “make major
Propositions S and N Citizens’
Oversight Committee members
constructed along the edge of Tecolote Canyon progress toward student access.”
Bobby Glaser and Jeff Marston. and approximately half of the building will Brief comments were also made by SDCCD
Below center: Mesa Student be built into the canyon slope, matching its Vice Chancellor of Facilities David Umstot,
Trustee Avery Ryder. contour, officials noted. SDCCD Chief of Police Charles Hogquist,
Below right: Douglas E. Barnhart
Construction employees (from Funding for the project was made possible Mesa College Academic Senate President Terrie
left) superintendent Ken through San Diego voter support of the 2002 Teegarden and Mesa Associated Students
Bingham, office manager Proposition S construction bond. President Avery Ryder.
Tracy Kammer, Katy Johnson
(document controls), project
Another key element expedites traffic flow An engraved chrome shovel was presented to
manager Michelle Reiner,Vice into the parking structure by allowing for five President Cepeda, Chancellor Carroll and Board
President Sumeet Gadi and entrance points at three levels of the structure. of Trustees President Marty Block by Arthur
President Arthur Barnhart.
The single-story police facility will incorporate Barnhart, the construction company’s CEO.
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Front & Center
continued from page 1
Pathways to Health Care Careers
Nursing Assistant Training @ Continuing Education
Nursing Assistant Training (NAT) is a 250-hour course that prepares
students for the California State Certified Nurse Assistant Examination,
which tests for knowledge of theory and applied skills.
This course is also a prerequisite for most of the area’s Licensed
Vocational Nurse programs, which many NAT students have successfully
NAT classes include the study of communication and interpersonal
skills, promoting patients’ rights and independence, rehabilitative
care, emergency procedures, resident care skills and procedures, body
mechanics, nutrition, vital signs, weights and measures, observation,
charting, long-term care, death and dying, requirements for nurse
assistant certification, professionalism and ethics.
students training to
become Nursing Assistants
are (from left) Alisha M. Nursing Education @ City College
Neza, Nadja Gullifer and To combat the nursing shortage, City
Liza Cynthia B. Workman. College expanded its Nursing Education
Program in 2006 with the inception of licensed
vocational nursing (LVN) studies.
The LVN program is the result of a
collaboration with the San Diego Workforce
Partnership, the Regional Health Care
Occupations Resource Center, the San Diego
Housing Commission and local health care
employers, including Kaiser and Sharp, as well
as long-term health care providers.
In July, 19 students graduated from the 18-
month LVN program. Currently, 17 students
are enrolled, while more than 100 others
have applied. The college’s registered nursing
Former City College nursing program currently has 122 students enrolled
student Miriam Cabellero. and a wait list of 586.
For more than 30 years, the college has
Did you know? been offering nursing education. The Nursing
Education Program is fully accredited by the
§ 7 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are health care related.
California Board of Registered Nursing and
§ Health care will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs the National League for Nursing Accrediting
between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry. Commission.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008-09 Occupational Outlook
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News from City College
Answering the Call
Responding to local health care labor respect for the role of community health
shortages, City College is providing more workers as important links in the health care
career and educational opportunities in health chain for communities. Health care employers
care through two new training programs: a see these workers as filling future health care
Terrence J. Burgess Community Health Worker Certificate and a positions that
San Diego City College Youth Development Worker Certificate. are sorely needed “There is a growing
College faculty spent more than two in nursing and
respect for the role
years developing curriculum in collaboration other allied health
with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, areas.” of community health
several community youth organizations and “City College workers as important
Community Health Improvement Partners, is once again
links in the health care
which is a collaboration of health-related pleased to be
organizations. at the forefront chain for communities.”
City College by offering
Professor and high-demand programs to fill the community
Licensed Clinical need for professional workers,” said City
Psychologist Veronica College President Terrence Burgess.
Ortega Welch is According to the Workforce Partnership,
leading the effort overall health related occupations and education
with the assistance of and training occupations are expected to show
Adjunct Professors the most job growth in the region.
Paul Watson, a Working closely with industry and local
nationally recognized organizations is one of the many ways City
expert in youth College keeps current on the educational
development, and and training needs of the community. By
Carolina Huerta, volunteering with non-profit organizations
R.N., a public health like the Childcare Coordination Council
Youth Worker Conference speakers included (from left)
educator and long- and the San Diego County Commission for
City Professor/conference organizer Paul Watson;
California Endowment President Robert Ross; City time health services Children and Youth, Welch keeps a pulse on
Professor/conference organizer Veronica Ortega Welch; trainer. the advancements in youth and community
Larry Fitch, former San Diego Workforce Partnership Dr. Welch reported health work. Additionally, Welch serves as the
president/CEO; and Rey Galindo, director of the that City College was co-director of the San Diego BEST (Building
San Diego Campus of Springfield College. The second among the first Exemplary Systems for Training Youth
annual Youth Worker Conference was held at ECC.
community colleges on Workers) Initiative. Through its Washington,
the West Coast to offer the certificate program D.C.-based National Training Institute in
in youth work. Community Health Worker Community Youth Development, the BEST
and Youth Development Worker certificates Initiative’s mission is to promote training,
were added to the curriculum this past year. education, and professional development for
“Youth development workers fill a critical youth workers through 26 community training
niche by providing bridges to services and sites around the country.
programs for high-risk and out-of-school San Diego City College is believed to be the
youth, and after-school programs,” Welch only BEST Initiative site west of Kansas City.
noted. “There is a growing awareness of and
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News from Mesa College
Dietetic Supervisor Program Changes Lives,
Quality of Nursing Care
In 2006, Rosalind Bishop, a 35-year-old semesters.
single mom working as a lead cook at a San Working under the supervision of a
Rita M. Cepeda, Ed.D.
Diego hospital decided to make a determined registered dietitian in a long-term care facility,
San Diego Mesa College leap to improve her life. a DSS schedules and supervises food service
Within a year of enrolling in Mesa College’s employees, orders food, screens newly-admitted
Dietetic Service Supervisor (DSS) program, she patients for chewing and swallowing needs,
did just that. Months into her clinical practice meets with other health care team members
internship and just two before completing to discuss issues related to the food intake of
the program, the residents, and is familiar with all positions
Rosalind was within that department. The DSS is also
offered the qualified to work in food service for assisted-
permanent living, acute care or adult daycare centers.
position of “We get more calls from employers seeking
Director of to hire graduates than we have students in the
Dietary Services program,” says Professor Elizabeth Chu, chair
at Paradise of Consumer and Nutrition Studies.
Valley Manor The program’s economic significance
and Health Care to the region was underscored in 2006,
Center. when the state required that food service
“I’m now operations in skilled nursing facilities had to be
where I was under the supervision of a registered dietitian or
destined to be a qualified full-time dietetic service supervisor
and feel that I with oversight by a consulting registered
am making a dietitian. Further, the state requires dietetic
difference in service supervisors to have completed formal
the quality of training from a state-approved program offered
nursing care at several California community colleges. Mesa
food,” says is the only community college offering the
Rosalind. She Dietetic Service Supervisor program in San
Graduate Rosalind Bishop now works in her completed the Diego and Imperial counties.
field of study. program in two With the aging of the baby boomers, a
semesters while working full time and using shift from inpatient to outpatient care and the
public transportation to commute to work and expansion of health care centers, the demand
classes. for health care workers is expected to continue
First offered in 2001, the DSS program to rise, especially in California.
prepares students for certification as a dietetic Rosalind was able to double her salary. “I’m
service supervisor. Graduates are qualified to finally self-sufficient!” she said, then smiles and
work as dietetic service supervisors/managers says, “But best of all, it (the DSS certificate)
in long-term health care facilities. Full-time has given me a sense of self-esteem and
students can complete the coursework in two accomplishment.”
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News from Miramar College
High School Partnership
Soars at Lightspeed
Beginning this spring Lightspeed, a new
partnership between Miramar College and
Patricia Hsieh, Ed.D. the San Diego Unified School District, will
San Diego Miramar College provide opportunities for top achievers at four
high schools to complete UC/CSU transferable
community college courses online.
Led by Miramar counselor David Navarro,
the program has initially enrolled 13 students
from four area high schools − Mira Mesa,
Scripps Ranch, Serra, and John Muir − in a
variety of online college courses, including
chemistry, economics, math, psychology,
sociology, oceanography, art, personal growth
and anthropology. Counselor Dave Navarro works with
Dual-enrollment programs are often Serra High School student Marc Ceres.
cited as incentive for high school seniors to
accelerate their transition to college. chance that the high school students would
$1 Million Preps Students Lightspeed differs from other dual- water down the curriculum.”
To increase the rate of students enrollment programs. First off, In developing Lightspeed, Navarro worked
completing high school and subsequently closely with Dan Wolfson, manager of the San
the program is fully online. Also,
enrolling in college, the federal
government has awarded a $1 million higher grade point averages are Diego Unified School District’s Education
grant to Miramar College to establish a required to participate, students are Technology, Curriculum and Instruction
TRIO/Upward Bound program. selected for participation by their program.
The program, funded through 2011, high school counselors, enrollment Wolfson says high school students will
provides fundamental support to high fees are waived and college courses benefit in unique ways. “The use of a high-
school students in preparation for quality online learning program addresses the
are restricted to approved UC/CSU
college entrance. The grant will include
students from at least four of Miramar transferable online offerings. needs of ‘millennial’ students who have grown
College’s feeder high schools – University Several students recruited for the up with technology and use high-tech tools in
City, Serra, Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch. inaugural class had already been their daily lives.”
Upward Bound serves high school accepted at universities including “Online courses offer scheduling flexibility,
students from low-income families and Harvard and Cornell, while some enable students to take advanced placement and
from families in which neither parent advanced courses not available in their school,
had already earned college credits.
holds a bachelor’s degree. It also serves
low-income, first-generation military Navarro says the authentic and they can enable students to take courses
veterans preparing to enter post- rigor of the college environment at a college without leaving the high school
secondary education. positively influences later post- campus.”
Upward Bound projects provide secondary success. “In each All 13 of the first-time Lightspeed
instruction in mathematics, laboratory participating college course, college participants attended an on-campus orientation
sciences, composition, literature and in mid-November that included online tutorials
professors do not have any way of
foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling,
mentoring, cultural enrichment and distinguishing between college and led by Miramar Professors Wahid Hamidy and
work-study programs are also supported. high school students. There’s no Mike Charles.
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News from Continuing Education
Prison, Police & War Vet Tackles
Teaching Former Gang Members
Continuing Education (CE) as a part-time basic skills
Professor John Lindem’s instructor.
Anthony E. Beebe, Ed.D.
President résumé has prepared him well About a year later, CE was
San Diego Continuing Education for his newest assignment contacted by a six-agency
– teaching basic math and South San Diego partnership
English to teens and young called the Youth Opportunity
adults who are former and Employment Program,
gang members or had gang created to reach out to teens
affiliations. and young adults, ages 16 to
After serving as a pilot 21, who no longer participate
rescue swimmer for the Navy in the formal K-12 system.
during the Gulf War, he This led to the creation of
attended Chico State, earning Lindem’s class.
a B.S. in Education, intending All 15 of the students
Professor John Lindem
to become a teacher. enrolled in the charter class
Instead of pursing a teaching career, he became last fall were either former gang members or had
a corrections officer. As a prison guard, he soon previous gang affiliations. Many had done jail
realized that inmates needed basic education, time, were under educated and had difficulties
but also needed to believe that success on some finding regular employment. After three months
level was possible, and that setting goals and of basic skills instruction at the Tubman Chavez
measuring achievements should become second community center, 12 of the 15 students
nature. graduated in November.
Eventually, Lindem Because of Lindem’s initial success, a second
moved on to law class began in January and was moved onto a CE
enforcement, becoming campus, Educational Cultural Complex, a more
a SWAT sergeant for the traditional educational setting.
California State Police. Lindem is pleased. “There’s nothing more
However, he was forced encouraging than the smile on a successful
into early retirement after student’s face. It makes my job so enjoyable and
suffering gunshot wounds. tells me I’m on the right path.”
He returned to college, Built like a linebacker and speaking from
completing a Master’s in experience that commands respect, Lindem
Educational Leadership. makes a big impression, “I don’t teach math or
In 2005, he joined English or even how to pass the GED. I facilitate
Continuing Education bringing out what’s already inside my students.
I give them tools to experience success, which
Continuing Education Culinary Arts students prepare and serve CE faculty and builds confidence, which allows them more
staff at a combination holiday/thank you luncheon in December in their newly success and ultimately, competence.”
appointed dining room/kitchen classroom at the Educational Cultural Complex. In addition to four mornings per week of basic
In September, the culinary program relocated from a small Mission Bay campus
instruction, the fifth day is devoted to leadership
bungalow to the former ECC cafeteria.
8 san diego coMMunity college district
kudos & Achievements
Mayor Appoints Professor to Citizens’ Review Board It Pays to be Partners
Miramar College Professor Darrel Harrison, Four Continuing Education Skills
paralegal program director and the college’s Center Automotive Technology students
Academic Senate president, has been appointed by each received a $3,333 scholarship
Mayor Jerry Sanders to the City of San Diego Citizens’ from Myron Maurseth, the owner of
Review Board on Police Practices. The Review Board the California Institute of Automotive
investigates complaints against San Diego police Technology (CIAT).
officers and recommends policies which promote The scholarships pay for all
fair and humane policing of the city. coursework necessary for the students
to be qualified to take the State of
California Smog Check Technician
Licensing Exam. Scholarship recipients
Continuing Education has its Day included Billy Buna, Kevelyn Nieto,
November 17th was declared San Diego Continuing Chris Panganiban and David Hernandez.
Education Day by the City of San Diego. On November The Skills Center and CIAT have
17, 2007, City Council member Donna Frye presented the been partners in education since 1999.
“education day” proclamation to Continuing Education (CE) CIAT has provided the downtown San
President Anthony Beebe at a gala dinner celebrating Diego Skills Center automotive program
community partnerships. with the use of more than $100,000 of
The event was held at the University of test equipment.
San Diego, where community leaders also
honored Continuing Education for
its 30 years of partnership with
Bayside Community Center
in Linda Vista. Bayside
has been an off-campus
location of CE classes,
ranging from English
as a Second Language
to computer skills to
Miramar Police Academy Steps It Up
The San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute’s police academy was recently
featured on a KUSI-TV News live broadcast. Reporter Rod Luck (pictured) interviews
a police officer trainer while cadets perform early morning exercises. The Institute is
based at Miramar College and also includes training to become firefighters, lifeguards
and emergency medical technicians, as well as refresher course training. Law enforcement
training is the largest component of the Institute and has been serving the region for
more than 38 years. Some 8,000 peace officers have graduated from the Institute.
We—With excellence | March 2008 9
kudos & Achievements
Chargers, College Police Play
Miramar Hosts State Commission
Santa for Abused Children
Miramar College hosted
The San Diego Community College
the quarterly meeting of the
District Police Department and San
California Commission for
Diego Chargers teamed up to collect
Economic Development in
an estimated $10,000 worth of toys for
November. Chaired by Lieutenant
abused and neglected children.
Governor John Garamendi, the
Football players and police officers
commission addressed a number
delivered carloads of toys in December
of policy and strategy issues
to children being sheltered at the
affecting business, agriculture and
Participating in the California Commission Polinsky Children’s Center in time for
other aspects of the California economy. for Economic Development hearing were the holidays.
Assemblymember Lori Saldaña is one of (from left) Miramar President Patricia Hsieh,
Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, Chancellor
SDCCD police who delivered the
the commission’s 15 members.
Constance Carroll and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi. toys included Chief Charlie Hogquist,
Biotechnology was one of the key
Sgt. Nick Johns, Sgt. Diana Medero and
items of the Commission’s review, with
presentations by BIOCOM President goofed! Officers Glenn Davis, Cornelius Ashton
and Jeffrey Rabine.
Joseph Panetta and Molly Ingraham, vice In December, we reported SDCCD
president of the California Healthcare Information Technology Director Kent
Institute. SDCCD Chancellor Carroll Keyser was honored by ImageSource
and Professor Sandra Slivka, Miramar with the “Best Use of Complementary
College biotechnology consortium Technologies” award, when in actuality,
director, provided testimony regarding Kent accepted this award on behalf of the
community college expansion plans to SDCCD Student Services imaging teams
meet the representing our colleges, Continuing
needs of Education and the SunGard Higher
this growing Education staff. WE sends kudos to all
industry. of the staff for a job well done!
Nurse Educator of the Year 2007
City College Professor of Nursing Dinnah L. Didulo-
SDCCD Officer Glenn Davis with
Masangkay, MS, PHN, RN, was awarded Nurse Educator San Diego Charger Luis Castillo
of the Year 2007 this past fall by the Philippine Nurses
Association of San Diego (PNASD). Also helping with delivery were Mesa
She was recognized for excellence in nursing education College Facilities Director Kim Sturm
through significant contributions in the area of patient and Chargers Luis Castillo, Jeremy Clary
and staff education. Involved in several professional and Steve Gregory.
organizations, Dinnah volunteers as a speaker on “Diabetes The toy drive was conducted
in the Filipino Population.” Dinnah also volunteers her districtwide and at Chargers facilities.
time to raise health awareness, promote professionalism This was the first time the District police
and encourage nursing students to continue their and the Chargers teamed up to conduct
education and participate in PNASD community services a toy drive, but Chief Hogquist indicated
such as blood pressure screening and health teaching. She that this could become an annual event.
is in her second year teaching at City College.
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kudos & Achievements
Saluting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
All three San Diego Community were Board
College District colleges – City, Mesa President
and Miramar colleges – as well as San Marty
Diego Continuing Education, were a Block, Rich
major presence in the 28th annual Dr. Grosch, Bill
Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held Schwandt and
January 19 in downtown San Diego. Peter
Parade judges awarded Mesa Zschieshe.
College second place for its float, while Chancellor
Continuing Education’s entry took third Carroll stated,
place. “The District
More than 150 students, faculty emulates the
and staff from throughout the District values of Dr.
participated. King in many From left are SDCCD Trustees Marty Block, Rich Grosch,
SDCCD administrators taking part ways. We have Bill Schwandt and Peter Zschiesche.
included Chancellor Constance Carroll, a student body Mesa College’s award-winning float is in background.
City College President Terrence Burgess, that represents
Continuing Education President a rainbow of concepts. And we are committed
Anthony Beebe, Mesa College President races and cultures. We have a curriculum to equal opportunity for all. We are
Rita Cepeda and Miramar College at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges, and honored therefore to be part of this great
President Patricia Hsieh. Continuing Education, that introduces parade every year to highlight what Dr.
SDCCD Trustees that took part students to history and humane King meant and means to America.”
SDCCD Student Trustees (from left) Brittany Chancellor Constance Carroll Continuing Education students, staff and faculty
Forester, Avery Ryder and Clemente Valdez. march behind their award-winning float.
City students celebrate the message of Dr. King. The spirit of freedom runs high on Mesa’s float. Parading in style atop the Miramar fire truck.
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Updates & Achievements
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