Jolena Grande, CFSP, A.S., B.S., M.F.S., M.S.

Mortuary Science | Health Science


Phone: (714) 484-7000 Ext: 45023

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-8:30 a.m.; and via email

Location: Mortuary Science Department Technical Education 3, Suite 215G

About Professor Grande

Jolena Grande, a certified funeral service practitioner and California-licensed funeral director, embalmer, cemetery manager, and crematory manager, began her funeral service career in 1989 working for a large mortuary/cemetery combination operation in Southern California. With more than 25 years of professional practice, she shares her insights and experiences in an enjoyable and often humorous way with students seeking a career path as a funeral service practitioner.

Jolena believes that the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College is a life-changing experience for those students who are interested in making a difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others. Although an intensive and rigorous academic endeavor, the program thoroughly prepares men and women for employment in the funeral service industry as embalmers, funeral directors, cemeterians, cremationists, and preneed salespeople.

Recommended Course

MORT 165 C Funeral Service Management I

Funeral Service Management I is designed for the mortuary science student, the course is a vocationally oriented survey of funeral service management as it applies to funeral home operations, mortuary management, and financial decision-making. Information presented covers financial statements and their analysis, worksheets, journalizing, receivables, payables, deferrals, and accruals. Inventory costing models, depreciation models, and funeral service payroll accounts are also included.



  • American Board of Funeral Service Education – the national accrediting agency of funeral service education programs in the United States; responsible for developing curriculum, awarding scholarships, and systematic review of program effectiveness
  • International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards– the international association of licensing boards, bureaus, and commissions, responsible for developing and administering the National Board Examination for Funeral Directors and Embalmers; also used as a repository of disciplinary actions against United States licensed/regulated funeral service practitioners
  • California Department of Consumer Affaris, Cemetery and Funeral Bureau – Although the state of California does not have a State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau is responsible for licensing, regulating, and disciplining funeral service practitioners, cemeterians, and cremationists, as well as inspecting funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories.