The additional classes are possible because of the November passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure that prevented further catastrophic cuts to education. Although the measure only begins to rectify the damage caused by relentless state budget cuts, the district was able to add spring classes using the voter-approved funds.
Governing Board President Bill Garrett said the classes were added to relieve pent-up demand following four consecutive years of funding losses totaling $16 million that forced the colleges to slash 1,600 classes.
“I can’t stress enough how grateful we are to the voters of California for approving Prop. 30,” Garrett said. “They recognized that state funding cuts have decimated public education at all levels. With Prop. 30, we were able to add classes for the spring semester and we’re pleased that we will also be able to revive our summer classes so students can reach their educational goals.”
Registration is available now for the spring classes by going to WebAdvisor on the college websites. Registration for summer classes begins April 29, with classes starting June 10. Classes cost $46 per credit unit.
At Grossmont College, the additional spring semester classes are listed on “hot sheets” posted at www.grossmont.edu . Cuyamaca’s short-term classes can be found by going to http://www.cuyamaca.edu/admissions/ and clicking on “open classes.”
For more on the non-credit workforce training classes, go to www.cuyamaca.edu/green.