Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More classes being offered this summer at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges


Students signing up for summer session classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have more than four times the number of sections to choose from compared to two years ago, with a variety of classes being offered to help students get the credits they need to reach their educational goals.

More than 309 sections are available at the two East County colleges compared to just 74 in summer 2012. The more robust summer schedule is possible because of the statewide voter passage of Proposition 30, a temporary tax hike that allowed for increased education funding. Before the measure was passed, budget cuts forced the colleges to reduce their summer offerings from a peak of nearly 700 sections in 2008.

“We still are far short of where we were at our peak, but this summer, students will be happy to find more options, and with modest fees, community colleges are the best educational bargain students will find,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “We are thrilled to see our campuses busy again during the summer and to welcome back students turned away in recent years because of a severe shortage of classes.”

Registration continues till June 6 for six-week classes scheduled June 9-July 17, and July 31 for the eight-week sessions June 9-July 31. Fees are $46 per unit, with the average class providing three instructional credits.

Robust summer schedules

              Summer classes are a great way for allied health majors to enroll in hard-to-get prerequisite classes like general biology, fundaments of chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and for those quick to fill in the fall, including intermediate algebra for science majors. Many students also find the generally smaller classes appealing, as well as the luxury of having only one course to focus on, instead of several.

              Both colleges are offering several sections of general education classes in history, English, humanities, sociology, math, music, business and psychology.

              Grossmont College is also offering a wide range of specialized classes: online administration of justice courses in criminal evidence, criminal investigation, and criminal law; a culinary arts class in preparing and creating sugar work and decorative centerpieces, and a selection of health professions classes, including those in cardiovascular technology, nursing and orthopedic technology.

For those looking for the winning combination of getting fit and earning college credit, multiple classes in swimming, weight training, yoga, and tennis are offered. A mix of classes in intercollegiate sports including softball, baseball, basketball, and football are also available.

            Free tutoring in math, reading and writing is also available for those students with instructor referrals.

At Cuyamaca College, students can enroll in career-technical education classes in automotive technology, computer and information science, graphic design, computer-aided drafting and design, ornamental horticulture, and water/wastewater technology.

English as a Second Language courses are also available, providing insight into American culture and preparing English learner students for the workplace.

Convenient, online courses are also plentiful in subjects including business law, financial and managerial accounting, health education for teachers, elementary statistics, art appreciation and Spanish.

            Students can register by going to WebAdvisor on the college websites, www.grossmont.edu and www.cuyamaca.edu , where summer class schedules are posted.