Rita M. Cepeda, Ed.D., President of Mesa College, and Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District Trustee have been named the 2009 Visionary Award recipients by the Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee. They were recognized and presented awards at the 11th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Breakfast in March. The award is presented annually to outstanding citizens who embody the principles and core values of Cesar E. Chavez, which include service to others, sacrifice, helping the needy, determination, community and acceptance.
President Cepeda has also been elected to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 2, 2009.
Mesa College is the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, which also includes City College, Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education.
Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited two-year college offering more than 170 associate degree and certificate programs. With its premiere fine art and music programs, robust language offerings and rigorous math and science curricula, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst for the region. Its career programs include allied health fields, biopharmaceutical, multimedia, animal health technology, American Sign Language, hospitality, fashion, architecture, interior design and more. Situated on a sprawling, suburban 104-acre mesa in the geographic center of San Diego, the college’s small classes, outstanding faculty, and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience. www.sdmesa.edu.