Defense and technology consortium lauds GCCCD Chancellor Omero Suarez
presents special achievement award
to chairman of the board
EL CAJON - Dr. Omero Suarez, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, is the recipient of a special achievement award from San Diego DEFCOMM, a non-profit defense and space technology consortium.
Suarez, DEFCOMM's chairman of the board, received the commendation this month at an awards banquet, where he was recognized for his efforts to forge ties between East County's education and business sectors.
Incorporated in 1997, DEFCOMM's
aim is to promote the San Diego defense and space technology industry by creating alliances between business, academia and government to compete for Department of Defense projects, as well as technology research grants.
In his presentation remarks, DEFCOMM Executive Director Greg Stein lauded Suarez for his "support for the education of the community - helping to build the next generation of engineers, fabricators, designers and entrepreneurs.
Describing the Vector Project as DEFCOMM's
first attempt to encourage an interest in math and science among East County high-school students, Suarez
has also convened a committee of DEFCOMM members and college staff to expand outreach efforts to the region's primary schools.
"I am grateful for DEFCOMM's support and recognition of the importance of investing in the economic future of the East County through industry and K-16 interaction," Suarez said.
Suarez has been chancellor of the 26,000-student community college district since 1998.
He was elected DEFCOMM's chairman of the board in June 2002 by the consortium's 13-member board of directors.