Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Still time to register for spring classes at Cuyamaca, Grossmont colleges

Spring semester starts Monday, Jan. 30, at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, but late registration is still an option at East County’s community colleges, where nearly 30,000 students are working toward a degree, university transfer, workforce training or just increasing their knowledge.

The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for the regular semester classes ends Jan. 29, but late registration with an add code obtained from the instructor is possible until Feb. 10.

The two colleges are offering more than 2,600 class sections this spring, up nearly 10 percent from a year ago. Since last fall, the number of online and hybrid classes at both colleges has risen by an average 15 percent. For the spring semester, Grossmont College is offering 50 percent more Saturday classes than last fall, when the courses were added 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.

The Saturday classes at Grossmont College, which have increased by 50 percent since the fall, 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).

Also new this spring is Grossmont’s EKG (electrocardiogram)/Telemetry program, and a public safety dispatcher course is now offered every semester, an expansion of the previously once-annual offering.

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.

Taking a revamped approach to remedial learning, Cuyamaca College is offering a 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.

The same accelerated learning option is available for students assessed as needing additional help to take college-level math. Just-in-Time Support for Intermediate Algebra (Math 010) and Just-in-Time Support for Elementary Statistics (Math 060) are taken in conjunction with the college-level courses in the same subjects.

At spring convocation this week, college president Julianna Barnes reported that the accelerated learning approach has been highly successful, with the number of students successfully completing transfer-level math has increased by 67 percent over fall 2015 figures and more than 200 percent over figures reported in fall 2014.

Accelerated learning classes are also offered in the college’s English as a Second Language program which provide students a faster pathway to English 120, a college-level freshman composition and reading course.

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).

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, which can be earned in just 15 months.

Both colleges are offering extended student services hours the first two weeks of the semester to accommodate students enrolling for spring. Grossmont College is offering extended hours Jan. 28-Feb. 11. Counseling, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other offices in Buildings 10 and 60 are open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

At Cuyamaca College, extended office hours for Student Services are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 10. Saturday hours from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. are available Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 in the One Stop Student Services offices, Building A.

Information on admissions and registering for classes is available online at www.gcccd.edu/now/

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.

For more information, go to www.grossmont.edu or www.cuyamaca.edu

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