|Grossmont College’s OPT program|
With the start of fall semester Aug. 21, open registration begins next week for almost 30,000 students working toward university transfer, gaining workforce skills or broadening their knowledge at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration for regular semester classes opens July 17 for all students and ends Aug. 18.
The two colleges are offering more than 2,560 class sections this fall, up more than 5 percent from a year ago, and the most for a fall semester since 2008. Both campuses offer a variety of traditional, short-term, online and hybrid classes.
Grossmont College is also offering Saturday-only classes, including two semester-length courses, Home Cooking Essentials (CA 299A), which meets 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m., and Jazz and Popular Piano 1 (MUS 134), which meets 10 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Other Saturday classes are short-term courses meeting Oct. 16-Dec. 9, including a Child Development class, Teaching in a Diverse Society (CD 153).
The chemistry of crime is the focus of an introductory course in Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 113) in which students gain experience with gas and liquid chromatography and spectroscopy. A fitness specialist certificate program offers courses for students interested in becoming personal trainers or group exercise leaders. The Office Professional Training (OPT) Program offers a one-semester training program for office professional positions, and will host an intake session from 9 – 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, for prospective students. For questions about the OPT Program or to RSVP for the intake session, contact Debra Allen at 619-644-7247.
New, experimental courses at Grossmont College include one-unit courses, Indoor Cycling (ES 299A) for beginners, and Stress Reduction Through Movement and Mindfulness (ES 299A), which teaches introductory stress-reduction practice and improves mind-body awareness.
At Cuyamaca College, Edibles in Urban Landscapes (OH 105) is an Ornamental Horticulture class that covers the basics of cultivating edible plants in small-scale urban settings, including annual and perennial vegetables as well as shrubs and trees that produce edible fruit.
Cuyamaca College is also offering courses for a certificate in a Viticulture Technician Apprenticeship program in Ornamental Horticulture. They include Edibles in Urban Landscapes for Apprentices (OH 105A); Landscape Construction for Apprentices (OH 221A); Landscape Irrigation for Apprentices (OH 235A); Plant Pest Control for Apprentices (OH 130A); and Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture for Apprentices (OH 120A).
Apprentices completing the program will be prepared for employment in all aspects of the viticulture and winery industries.
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 an entry-level job as a network support professional. Combine that with another semester for the CCNA certification and be eligible for even higher levels of IT employment. An orientation open to the public is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 19, 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 and one Cuyamaca College has inked for elementary education with Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D. 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.
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.