Just because you’ve retired from Cuyamaca, Grossmont or the District doesn’t mean you’ve left the family. We created the Retiree Network to keep you connected. There is no cost to join the Retiree Network.
Invitations to Social Events We organize activities designed to promote laughter and community spirit. Social events happen throughout the year and include breakfasts, culinary arts events, theatre performances, an annual homecoming celebration, a holiday party, and more!
Information about Volunteer Opportunities All of us have invested years in helping students reach their educational goals. Now you can continue to help by volunteering your time in different departments.
If you would like to get involved with the Retiree Relations Committee or need more information, contact Erich Foeckler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 644-7652.
Lorraine Castellanos, Grossmont College
The reason Lorraine Castellanos enrolled in Grossmont can be summed up in two words: Fred Benedetti.
“I wanted to get serious about guitar,” Castellanos said. “Fred is still my mentor today.”
Castellanos is finishing a master’s degree in classical guitar at San Diego State University and Benedetti is still her instructor, as he teaches classes there as well as at Grossmont. She described him as the kind of person that when class was over, he would answer every question from the long line of students waiting to talk with him.
“As a guitar teacher, I can say he notices everything, the littlest things,” she said. “The way he gets you to fix them, he has a really positive, very encouraging teaching approach.”
Castellanos, a full-time musician, now is the guitarist and lead vocalist of Besos de Coco, which also includes Grossmont alumni Evona Wascinski, contra-bassist, and Claudia Gomez Vorce, percussionist, another Grossmont alum. Castellanos hopes to take the trio on tour next year, but in the meantime, she plays with musicians in different venues throughout San Diego.
“Grossmont is awesome,” Castellanos said. “It is such a positive place. They hire really good instructors. It is a model for all the community colleges. I got a better education in some of the classes at Grossmont than at the university level and got more attention.”