From anthropology to water technology, East County’s community colleges offer a full spectrum of classes for almost 30,000 students working toward a degree or interested in improving their skills and knowledge.
Open enrollment begins Dec. 6 for the new semester beginning Jan. 30. The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for regular semester classes ends Jan. 29.
The two colleges are offering more than 2,600 class sections this spring, up more than 10 percent from a year ago. Both campuses offer a variety of traditional, online and hybrid classes, and Grossmont College will be offering Saturday classes to provide more scheduling options for students.
A new Grossmont College offering is History of Hip-Hop Culture (MUS 123), a survey course examining the origins and rise of hip-hop as an artistic form and global cultural phenomenon. The first course of its kind to be taught at a community college in the region, it is designed for students who want to explore the hip-hop culture from its development in the early ‘70s in the South Bronx to its international relevance today.
“The connections between rap music and the other elements of hip-hop will be explored and students will be challenged to think critically about rap music and its place in society,” said music department chair Derek Cannon, one of three instructors team-teaching the class. While Cannon covers the music end, Theresa Ford from the counseling office will teach hip-hop’s cultural origins and Melissa Adao from the dance department will cover its range from street dance to new style movements.
Controversial subjects such as censorship, racism, sexism and racial politics in America will be discussed as they relate to hip-hop, Cannon said.
The Saturday classes at Grossmont College vary in duration from one day, such as a daylong class in Academic/Financial Aid Planning (COUN 095); eight-week classes, including an Introduction to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 130) course; and semester-length classes such as Pre-Algebra (MATH 088), Introductory Psychology (PSY 120) and a Culinary Arts course, Home Cooking Essentials (CA 299A).
At Cuyamaca College, Edibles in Urban Landscapes (OH 105) is an Ornamental Horticulture class that covers the basics of cultivating edible plans in small-scale urban settings, including annual and perennial vegetables as well as shrubs and trees that produce edible fruit.
Taking a revamped approach to remedial learning, Cuyamaca College is offering a new freshman composition class that provides extra support to students assessed as not ready for college-level English. These students are able to co-enroll in the college-level English 120 class with the additional help they receive in English 020, and avoid the delay of first having to take a preparatory basic skills class.
Cuyamaca College’s well-known automotive technology program has much to offer for spring, including a new class covering hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles (AUTO 129).
Another career-technical education program at Cuyamaca College is the Cisco Networking Academy, preparing students for entry-level and high-skill information technology jobs. After one semester, students will be ready for Cisco CCENT certification needed for that entry-level job as a network support professional. Combine that with another semester for the CCNA certification and even higher levels of IT employment. An orientation open to the public is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 28, 2017 in room E-205 for those new to the Cisco Academy, which blends in-class with online study.
Both colleges also offer programs to seamlessly progress toward baccalaureate degrees, thanks to agreements Grossmont and Cuyamaca have signed with Point Loma Nazarene University. The four baccalaureates offered through PLNU’s Adult Degree Completion program are designed to fit the needs of working adults, with courses taught by PLNU professors offered either entirely online or as hybrid classes combining once-weekly night classes at the colleges with online instruction.
The PLNU bachelor’s degree programs offered at Grossmont College are in Nursing and Computer Information Technology. At Cuyamaca College, the baccalaureate programs are in Child Development and Organizational Management. With all comparable programs impacted at San Diego State University, the PLNU baccalaureates provide much-needed options for students striving for bachelor’s degrees.
“Each cohort will take 15 months to complete the bachelor’s degree – a wonderfully efficient yet intense time frame,” said Kristin Zink, Cuyamaca College Child Development instructor.
Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego.