Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fall semester begins August 18 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges

Fall semester begins Aug. 18 for more than 25,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with additional class offerings and instructors at the two East County colleges.

Grossmont College is offering 1,605 class sections, compared to 1,548 last fall and Cuyamaca College, 694, up from 679 in 2013. Students still have the opportunity to register for fall classes, with the colleges continuing online registration through Aug. 15. Schedules and registration links are available on each college’s website, www.cuyamaca.edu and www.grossmont.edu.

“We are looking forward to a great year as we continue our mission of advancing the learning and success of our students,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. About 17,000 students are expected at Grossmont College this fall, while about 8,500 students will be attending Cuyamaca College.

Among Grossmont College’s offerings this fall are a Business Office Technology course, “Social Media in the Workplace,” and a Personal Development course, “Transition to Independent Living,” specifically targeting students who are former foster youth. Cuyamaca’s mix of classes includes a Library Information Resources course, “Research Methods in an Online World,” designed for the student who would like to become an effective online researcher; and the English department’s “Film as Literature,” in which students will view and discuss film classics in the college’s high-tech digital theater.

Staffing has also received a boost, with Cuyamaca starting the fall semester with four new faculty members and Grossmont with nine, including three in the college’s high-demand nursing and cardiovascular technology programs. 

Students at the East County campuses can expect more energy-efficient lighting in parking lots and classrooms. A $2.1 million lighting upgrade at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges marked the first project completed using the college district’s Proposition V construction bond program, in addition to state funding.

Energy-efficient LED lights coupled with advanced technology control panels have translated into dramatically better lighting for parking lots and exterior walkways at a fraction of the energy consumed by older, halogen lights. In addition, more than 8,000 fluorescent lights were replaced with 25-watt, energy-efficient bulbs in most of the buildings and classrooms at both campuses.

At Grossmont College, a butterfly and hummingbird garden, a Chamise Chaparral garden, and a riparian garden have been completed as part of the campus’ award-winning drought-tolerant landscaping project. Formally known as Outdoor Education Zones, the gardens adjacent to the library’s technology mall will be used for instruction in the college’s Earth sciences and biology programs.

At Cuyamaca College, online class offerings continue to expand, making classes even more accessible. The Department of World Languages, for example, has increase student capacity for online Spanish classes, from 90 last year to a projected 150 this fall with the addition of more intermediate-level courses.

To welcome new and returning students, both colleges have several activities planned for the first week of classes. Grossmont’s Week of Welcome – WOW – features workshops and information booths highlighting programs and an All-campus Information and Activity Fair in the Main Quad. Cuyamaca’s Welcome Week will include open houses of the Student Services One-stop, tutoring, and STEM Achievement centers; a “Frappy Hour,” where students can get a free Frappuccino drink and learn about student government; a Student Organization Involvement Fair; and a free lunch with student government officers.